The American People Speak: Leave HealthCare Reform Alone!

Nov 29th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Hey, Seniors.  The word is in.  Another poll by McClatchy Newspapers reports a majority of Americans want to keep the new health care bill, contrary to what some politicians are reporting.  The article about the McClatchy-Marist poll said, “Driving support for the law: Voters by margins of 2-1 or greater want to keep some of its best-known benefits, such as barring insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. One thing they don’t like: the mandate that everyone must buy insurance.”  Senior citizens, by a significant majority, favor the health care bill because of the numerous benefits added to medicare on behalf of seniors.

So why the disconnect between what American people are saying and what politicians claim?  Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., said, “The political give and take is very different than public opinion.  On health care, there is a wide gap between public opinion and the political community.”  This statement suggests politicians claiming a ‘mandate’ to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act are in fact responding to interests other than the American people’s. 

Here is the breakdown of those favoring and those wanting to change or repeal the Act:

  • 16 percent of registered voters want to let healthcare reform stand as is;
  • Another 35 percent want to change it to do more;
  • 11 percent want to amend it to rein it in;
  • 33 percent want to repeal it.
The groups of registered voters in favor of keeping and/or expanding the legislation include women, minorities, people younger than 45, Democrats, liberals, Northeasterners and those making less than $50,000 a year.
The entire McClatchy article provides valuable information based on a reliable poll.  SCJ suggests readers read the entire article to be appraised about the truth of Americans’ positions about the legislation, and not rely on the distortions and lies of politicians catering to special interest groups not representative of the American people.


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