Saturday, August 22, 2009


Most surveys seem to indicate that a majority of Americans want some kind of public health care option. I do, too.
by Charlie Leck

I really don’t get it. Why is President Obama so afraid of retaining the public option alternative in his health care legislation? Why did he give up on it? There is something crazy at work here.
North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad who pushed hard to drop the public option in favor of a health care cooperative model, is hearing plenty of his constituents criticize him for this. They are letting him know they want some kind of public option.

This seems to be the case in nearly every state that voted for Barack Obama last November. Polls and surveys in those states show that as many as 75 percent (in some states) want the public option.

A recent Rasmusen poll shows very cool support for any health care reform legislation without the public option and strong support for bills that include it. If you look at the poll of just Democrats, support for any health care reform bill collapses without a public option.

This is a President who read the polls like a genius when he was running for office. What’s wrong now?

Something is seriously amiss here. Our President is listening to the wrong people and/or taking the wrong readings.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey in Mid-June of this year showed that 76 percent of Americans wanted a public option.

A New York Times story in June reported that 72 percent of Americans wanted a public option in the new health care bill.

Doesn’t the President read? What is he afraid of? What kind of deals is he making?

Is this really the man we voted for?

1 comment:

  1. This is the blog that you should have written last week...thank you...f