Monday, August 10, 2009

Health care: What do Americans want?

"As supporters and opponents of overhauling the health care system try to shape public opinion at congressional town-hall-style meetings, both sides face a big complication: Public opinion on the issue is complex in ways that defy an easy Republican-Democratic divide. Analysis of a recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds views on what priority to emphasize, how fast to act and what's important to protect vary and sometimes conflict depending on a person's age and region of the country, whether he or she has insurance, and is healthy or ailing."

In other words, it's easy (and true) to say, "Americans want health care reform".

It's harder (and impossible) to say, "This is what Americans want", because we don't all want the same things.

Don't believe anyone who says they know which health care reforms "all Americans want".

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