Another Story to Ignore - Fear of Losing Private Health Insurance Trumps 'Public Option'

Here's something you won't see the Dead Fish Wrapper report on:  a new poll by Rasmussen that shows that it's more important that people aren't forced to change their health insurance coverage than the availability of a public option.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters nationwide say guaranteeing that no one is forced to change their health insurance coverage is a higher priority than giving consumers the choice of a "public option" health insurance company.

Most liberal voters say giving people the choice of a public option is more important (ed. - now there's a shock!). But most moderates put guaranteeing that no one is forced to change their health insurance first, and conservatives overwhelmingly agree with them.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% take the opposite view. They say it’s more important to give people a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option.

But as has been obvious for a while, all the Dems in Congress care about is forcing a public option down our throats, while they would be exempt from it.

The fear of being forced to change insurance coverage can be seen in results from a pair of survey questions.

The first question finds that 46% favor the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option that people could choose instead of a private health insurance plan. Thirty-seven percent (37%) are opposed.

The second question asked about the creation of a public option if it encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers. Given that possibility, support for the public option falls to 29%, and opposition rises to 58%.

Even if it encourages employers to drop private health insurance for their workers, 51% of Democrats still support the public option. Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans and 61% of voters not affiliated with either party are opposed.

Considering how important independents are to winning an election, I would think that number of indepenents opposed to this would be worth reporting, wouldn't you?

And here's where the Dems lies are exposed even more.

The president has said that no one would be forced to change their insurance coverage if his plan is implemented. However, many analysts have concluded that some employers would drop their private health insurance coverage if the plan is passed, forcing millions of workers to change their coverage. In a Wall Street Journal column earlier this year, Scott Rasmussen noted, “In political terms, the most important reality will be how the reform affects the 68% who say they have good or excellent health-insurance coverage.”

In addition to concerns that people with insurance might be forced to change their coverage, most voters (53%) believe a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option would cost taxpayers money. Just 34% believe it would produce savings for taxpayers.

Now don't you think this information is very relevant to what concerns people?  Let's look at this a different way: if the poll numbers showed the exact opposite, don't you agree this would be front page news for the Fish Wrapper?

Yeah, me too.

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