Poll: Americans want health reform, but not higher taxes or rates
Nearly 8 in 10 Americans support a federal health insurance plan for those who can’t afford or can’t get private insurance, but only 37 percent define “public option” correctly, a new national poll found.The majority of people polled – 86 percent – say insurance should be available to everyone regardless of health history.The poll was conducted over the Internet by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates.It was released in conjunction with an AARP forum at the Tattered Cover Book Store with Charlie Cook, publisher of The Cook Political Report.Among the 1,000 Democrats, Republicans and independents surveyed on Aug. 12 and 13, 79 percent say they believe a federal government health insurance option should be available for people to buy.Yet about one-fourth of those polled believe the “public option” is a national health care system, similar to the one in Great Britain.For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13201214
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