Who Knew Americans Were So Uncivil?

October 20th, 2009at 07:16am Posted by Eli

This is probably not a surprise to anyone but the media, the Democrats, and the Obama White House:

The new Washington Post poll finally asks people about their cravings for bipartisanship in the right way, and its finding really challenges the conventional wisdom that people want bipartisan health care compromise at all costs.

Specifically: A majority wants a Dem-only bill rather than a bipartisan one if the Dem-only one includes a public insurance option and the bipartisan one doesn’t. A majority of Independents wants the same. From the internals:

Which of these would you prefer –- (a plan that includes some form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can’t get affordable private insurance, but is approved without support from Republicans in Congress); or

(a plan that is approved with support from Republicans in Congress, but does not include any form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can’t get affordable private insurance)?

Prefer government-sponsored insurance: 51%

Prefer Republican support: 37%

(…)

Again: Other public polls have offered respondents a straight choice — do they want a partisan bill or a bipartisan one — without explaining that winning over GOP support has actual policy consequences for the final bill that they might not like.

When this is explained clearly — and the WaPo framing is a far more accurate depiction of the choice the public and lawmakers face — a majority wants the partisan, Dem-only bill with the public option. Indeed, a majority wants the public option more than they want bipartisanship for its own sake. Okay?

Amazing.  A majority of Americans would rather have a “partisan” bill than an ineffectual shitty bill that only helps insurance companies.  No one could have anticipated.

Now the question is whether anyone’s listening, or if an ineffectual shitty bill that only helps insurance companies was the goal all along and “bipartisanship” was simply the excuse for achieving it.

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Media,Politics,Polls


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