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New Poll Shows Most Americans Want A Healthcare Bill That The GOP Can Endorse

January 26, 2010 by  

New poll shows most Americans want a healthcare bill that the GOP can endorseAccording to a new Gallup poll, the majority of Americans believe that President Obama and other Democratic leaders should postpone debate on the current healthcare reform bill and consider alternative legislation that would garner more GOP support.

The poll, conducted by USA Today, found that 55 percent of those surveyed feel that Congress should suspend work on the healthcare bill that was almost assured passage before Democrats lost a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate following the election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown on Tuesday.

Approximately 72 percent of respondents felt that the result in Massachusetts "reflects frustrations shared by many Americans, and the president and members of Congress should pay attention to it," according to the news source.

"We are more than happy to sit down and start over," said Arizona Senator John McCain on the Early Show regarding the healthcare bill. "Not scale back, but start over in a true negotiating process rather than the Democrats going back to try to pick off one or two Republicans."

Survey respondents also offered a mixed assessment of Obama’s first year in office, with 39 percent stating that they are pleased with his progress and 37 percent feeling that he is taking the country in the wrong direction.

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  • Robert

    I for one believe that our current health care system needs some fixing. But not a reinvention of the entire system we know today and transferring control to government. There are two things Washington could work on immediateley that wouldn’t add to the deficit and most likely would lower insurance premiums. The first is allowing competition accross state lines. I live in NJ and have BC/BS that costs over $700.00 each month. The same exact insurance in PA is less that half of that. Because of current law, I can’t buy that insurance coverage. This doesn’t make sense unless the reason is to protect monopolies within each state. The second is Tort reform. Look, I don’t believe anyone has a problem with someone being compensated if for say a person finds out that after an operation a surgical instrument was left inside of them. My primary physician admitted that many of the tests he has me take are pureley defensive medicine because of the risk of a lawsuit. I can understand taking blood tests because I take cholesterol medicine. But further tests because another test showed what was called a small fullness in a kidney. I asked if it was something to worry about and my doctor said no, it’s normal for people in your age group. So I asked then why have another test. His reply, it’s only a suggestion I have to make to satisfy my malpractice insurer. So my point is, why not work on these two issues first. Come up with a gameplan and pass some legislation that would fix them. See what the results are after several months and if it turns out that the legislation was beneficial to all then work on the next few issues and so on and so on. Is this too much to ask from Washington?

    • George

      Yes, indeed.

    • TIME

      I agree Robert, this is just a tad more of a gallop in the wrong direction. Any Bill should be no more than 1 page long and with not a single special intrest group involved.

      The main things that need fixing are Tort reform, and get the Bloody government out of the Health Biz with the insane regulations and restrictions. One being allowing Insurance companys to cross state lines.

    • Meteorlady

      One of the biggest items is prescription drugs. When Bush signed the Prescription Drug benefit into law for Medicare, drug prices rose 100% within the year. The politicians would not allow price controls and they may have been right, however to not allow people to purchase drugs from Canada or other countries was a farce. When In 1999 Clinton signed the bill to allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise the flood gates were opened up. Those companies now spend 57 billion dollars a year on advertising which is all tacked onto the cost of the drugs. Big PHARMA has contributed millions to Obama to get health care passed. They must be expecting a big benefit from that one. Also, pharmaceutical companies test their drugs inadequately and dishonestly and write the cost of litigation into the price of their product. The proof of that statement comes when you hear the side effects of a particular drug. I have actually heard “in some cases death”. If one person dies from a drug that drug should never have made it to the market. There is also evidence that if you start taking one drug, it could cause other things that would cause you to have to take an additional drug. Why not demand that the FDA police these companies without giving favorable treatment to them? Why not reinstitute the law that says drug companies cannot advertise their products? After all, if I have the “ask my doctor” then I really believe I should get a new doctor. I agree that selling insurance across state lines is a good thing – it would encourage competition in the market place and lower our prices. How about also if people actually read and questioned their medical care statements? How about if people took better care of themselves by eating properly and exercising? AND FINALLY THE BIG ONE – how about if all illegals were not allowed to access our health care system for any reason. Just ONE hospital in the DFW regions reported that emergency room visits alone by illegals goest them 10 million per year, now multiply that by the number of hospitals in this country and the amount is staggering. We could also make it a law that if you run up medical costs and were able to purchase medical insurance, but did not, you are always responsible for that bill regardless. After all the decision to gamble with your property and life and not pay for health insurance were a free choice and the consequences of that choice should be paid for by that person, not by the taxpayers.

  • Debbie

    I would like to see the pre existing condition clause in our current health care companies go away. I would like to see some caps on expensive procedures and help for financial aid if someone is really ill. I don’t want national healthcare reform like their trying to vote in for us. I think the United states has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. The doctors and nurses work very hard to provide us with excellent care. They get paid for excellent medical service and strive to better each time. This is free enterprise and I like that. I don’t want us to go down a socialist path of more government control. I don’t want higher and higher taxes all the time. Right now, companies help pay for our health insurance and we pay too, but if this changes where will the government get money to fund this program? We are already buorrowing to much money from China. I think this could bankrupt the u.s. I think many people are opposed to this reform legislation and they should boot this one out and not sneak it through the senate!!!

    • DaveH

      If we force the Insurance Companies to remove their pre-existing conditions clauses, who do you think will pay for all those with pre-existing conditions who will flock to Health Insurance? I’m one. I would gladly buy Health Insurance if they had to pay for the condition I’ve lived with for 30 years.
      In a Free Market there might be Insurance Companies that would offer that, but it would be very expensive. And my guess is that nobody but those with pre-existing conditions would buy it. And if you’re going to pay the necessary costs for such insurance as the victim of a pre-existing condition, how would it possibly be cheaper (to involve a middle-man) than just paying out of your own pocket for the necessary care?

      • Joe H.

        I agree to a point. What about the ones that will sell insurance with the pre-exhisting clause then ANYTHING that comes up has to be connected to your pre-exhisting condition? They collect fees for years and never intend to cover anything!!! I could see it if they didn’t cover the condition you had, but to just assume that everything is connected without proof, well that’s another question!!

        • DaveH

          I wouldn’t buy that insurance. Read the prospectus before you buy. In fact, I don’t buy health insurance. Never have, never will.
          When you buy Insurance, you are betting against the odds that you will suffer misfortune (that is the only way you get paid). I bet with the odds that I won’t suffer misfortune. If I’m wrong, maybe I’ll die. You know what? Even if I’m right, I’ll die. Unfortunately we don’t have any choice in that matter.

          • DaveH

            One choice we do have, though, is to live our lives with dignity and principles. In the end, that is the best we could have done.
            I think the best way to achieve that is to not force our way onto other human beings through government. Voluntary contracts are the only principled solution.

          • Meteorlady

            DaveH – while I respect your independence I must question the fact that you are betting on me to help out when you do get really sick and need medical care. Since medicine is already socialized because we all pay into an insurance pool, you are acting irresponsibly because if you drop over in a public place of a life threatening illness, I will ultimately pay for that because the cost of that medical treatment will be passed on to the consumer and that will raise my insurance premiums because the hospital, doctors and drug companies now have to make up the loss.

    • Meteorlady

      Here’s a problem with the “pre-existing” condition. I have a friend who for his all his life did not purchase health insurance – said he didn’t need it because he was young and was not planning on anything major happening to him. Now he is in his 50′s and wants to purchase health insurance just because he needs knee surgery, shoulder surgery and has never has a good physical. Would he qualify? I believe that someone with a “pre-existing” condition that looses their job or has had health care but lost it, should definitely qualify. When I left my job I was offered insurance for a year and they never asked about “pre-exiting” conditions when they gave it to me. Is there not a law about that somewhere?

  • Michael J.

    Consider this, what if this was the plan all along. What if the plan was to push this government controled, kill grandma, abortion coverage,
    healthcare fear mongering right to the edge in order to sway public oppinion towards the waiting arms of big insurance? What if they now, Republicans and Democrats get together and decide to pass a watered down version of TORT reform and existing conditions coverage while explaining that in order for this to happen it will be nescessary to mandate health care coverage for every man, woman and child in this country, which is what the insurance companies were after in the first place.

    Do you think big insurance lobbies only the Republicans? I can assure you that big insurance compensates those on both sides of the aisle.

    Do you remember back in 1993 when Hilary stood behind a podium pounding her fist and pointing her finger proclaiming that, “Healthcare Insurance providers don’t want to make these reform changes, but we’re gonna make them”. That was a lie then and this is a lie now. I think big insurance has been behind this all along.

    • eyewideopen

      Michael J. you might be right. Doesn’t matter anyway, you need to get ready to start calling this country: The United Corporations of America. We already know that the corporations have purchased over two thirds of the sitting Senators, so now that they can openlying finance them, and get foreign corporations to do the same, this country has no hope of stopping the corruption that plagues the politicians. Americans will never have to donate again to another politician, as the European corporations will be lined up to purchase our fine Congress and their votes will benefit foreign interests.

      • DaveH

        I’ll assume you are talking about Crony-Capitalism which can only exist with the assistance of Big Government which you seem to approve of (correct me if I’m wrong).
        As Government Grows, Corruption Flows.

      • Michael J.

        One Eye Wide Open,
        I am not up to speed on this latest decision of the Supreme Court, but must admit, I don’t like the sound of it. Then again if Chuck Schumer doesn’t like it, it must be a good thing, right? No, I don’t know. I don’t know about the courts direction or rulings lately. Ever since I heard the rumor that Justice Sutor quit because the court refused to hear any cases on Obama’s legitimacy, I’ve lost confidence in them.
        Think I’ll consult with Robert Gibbs and get back to you, he’ll know the truth for sure.

        P.S. Fix your name! Every time I see “eyewideopen” it makes me envision you as a Cyclops or something.

  • KC

    Look…I don’t want anything that the Government (the people pushing the posion) won’t be willing to sign up for. When they go to flocking towards it THEN i’ll accept it and no sooner…just leave me alone and let me decide my own fate.

    • George

      That’s the right starting point. Until our politicians are willing to accept the same programs they want us to accept, no deal in my book.

    • DaveH

      I don’t care if they are on the same plan or not. I don’t want Government clowns forcing me to do what they think is best. The only real solution to our Healthcare problems is to get Big Government out of the way:

      • JeffH

        I think the majority in this country is starting to agree with you.

      • eyewideopen

        Cancel Medicare!!!!!Refund all the money and let everyone take care of themselves.

        • DaveH

          That would be fine with me. However, if you could just point me to that magical money tree, I would love to pick some for myself.
          I could tell you some personal stories about our useless, so-called “compassionate” government, but then, being the Harpy that you are EyeWideShut, you would find some way to twist it into an attack later on. If you get the sense that I don’t like you, being the honest guy that I am, I would have to concede that point.

          Needless to say, I would rather keep and save my own money any day over trusting the very untrustworthy government to care for me when I need it.

        • Meteorlady

          Since the time Medicare was implemented I paid premiums because I worked. If I had all that money back and had invested it in quality Mutual Funds, I would be able to have the best health care insurance money could buy! That should tell you that the government cannot run anything and that health care should not be put into their hands. There are lots of hospitals, doctors and pharmacies that no longer accept Medicare patients – reason, they don’t pay enough to cover their expenses. If I had all the money that I paid into Social Security I would be RICH!!!! So, if you advocate government run programs, please read more about their growth rates, the raiding of funds from those programs and most of all the tacking on of entitlements that are causing them to go broke. Also, there are not enough government employees to EVER get rid or waste and fraud in any of those system.

    • JeffH

      545 vs. 300,000,000


      Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

      545 PEOPLE
      By Charlie Reese

      Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

      Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

      Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

      You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

      You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

      You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

      You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

      You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

      One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

      • TIME

        Great Post, and you have hit the nail on the head with a direct hit.

        If politicians don’t have something to do, who needs them, righ?

        So make work for yourselfs that makes you look good for that “RE Election”, after all every single Congress as well Senate person who has gone in to these branchs of government over the last 30 years started out as a Middle class person then retires with millions let alone the Perks that no one in the US could ever hope to acquire with any job.

        Great work if you can “CON” vince the Sheep to bite, its worked very well just look at the Clintons as base example, they left the White house nearly bankrupt in 2000, yet in 2007 they have a net worth of $138 MILLION Dollars, can any of you do that? Have any of you done that?

      • Meteorlady

        I vote for ONE Senator from each state regardless of their population, and two Representatives. I vote that each senator and representative only gets 5 staff members. If they only have 5 maybe they would have to actually read the bills that they pass. Think of all the costs we could save and pass on to something like education. I vote that each state go back to having their own programs instead of taking bribes from the federal government. We would then have states that were liberal and states that were conservative. We could actually see how each worked in reality and where most of the people in this country would want to live. Oh – what a dream.

    • Tinwarble

      What they need to do, instead of passing more regulations, is to deregulate how people can buy insurance. Allow people to buy health insurance the same way that they buy car insurance. Let the Free Market prevail and the price of insurance will come down, also if we could buy insurance from anyone we wanted (across state lines) the competition would force insurance companies to give more benefits for lower prices.

      • Joe H.

        True, but like auto insurance there is always the chance that premiums will go up with your first hospital visit, or will they forgive the first accident,er, visit???

        • Tinwarble

          That’s a possibility, but you also have to remember that there are probably more people that will get health insurance than car insurance, because not everyone owns a car. It’s just a matter of numbers, for a insurance company to compete, they will have to offer some good benefits at low prices. But in all honesty, there are downfalls to everything, and as Forrest Gump would say “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you might get”.

      • Meteorlady

        Was it not the government in each state that control who can sell insurance? Ah, government in our lives helping again. We need independent people to run for office, not party affiliated, bought and sold, political whores. We need insurance to be sold on the open market and people need to be able to choose. As for pre-existing illnesses for people that have not ever purchased health insurance or let their lapse – maybe we can model a high risk pools like automobile insurance. We need to be careful – when we ask for insurance for the “greater good” we are taking on all the people who have chosen to not take care of themselves by being are over-weight, smoking, drinking, drug addiction, don’t exercise and generally don’t take care of themselves by eating properly. Those types of people plus the illegals and the poor, that are able to work but won’t, are the main drivers of the health insurance premium increases. If you are a business and want to make any kind of profit, you need to pass on your costs. A doctor is not going to stay in business long if he/she treats only medicare/medicaid patients – they cannot eat or feed their families if they did.

  • realbigal

    Healthcare is complicated. Insurance is complicated. Government is complicated. What in the world do people to expect to happen when the three are combined?!!!!!!
    Keep the damn government out of the healthcare business. There is no provision in the Constitution allowing government to take over the healthcare of citizens or to dictate that everyone is legally required to have health insurance. We shouldn’t even be debating this issue.
    Advocate lower taxes, less government, and more individual freedom. Anything else is blasphemy.

    • DaveH

      Right on RealBigAl.

  • Kirk

    Martin Schreiber former Democratic Governor of Wisconsin and political office holder from age 23. Hired by Sentry Insurance after holding office.
    Lee Dreyfus former Republican Governor of Wisconsin defeated Governor Martin Schreiber. Hired by Sentry Insurance after holding office.

    • George

      Scary. Worth looking into.

  • gaetano

    The average person that has a job, must take drug testing to keep that job.Now ,we the people that hold those jobs pay for the welfare checks that the lazy people are stealing from our government. So why doesn`t our government give manditory drug testing to people on welfare.Just think about how many are drug addicks,drunks,etc. The government could save a lot of money on these good for nothing welfare moochers.Of course, Obama doesn`t want to save money ,he just wants to spend it.

    • Robert

      Here’s something I just found out. I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it, but it’s true. IF a person enters a rehab program for alcohol or drug abuse, they automatically receive monthly benefits from Social Security. I had a family member diagnosed with cancer and permanently debilitated and who was 42. Doctors said he could not work in his former profession or any other profession due to the large dosages of morphine he needed to take for pain. Social Security denied his claim. He had to get a lawyer to fight for his benefits. The lawyer advised him that SS denies 85% of first time claimants and 70% of claims made the first time through lawyers. His answer as to why when asked was this. They (The Government) figure it is more likely that a person will die within the three years it takes on average for a person to win. Now tell me this is not downright criminal. But a drug user or alcholic gets accepted with just a certified medical statement saying the person is in rehab. My advice to those with real medical disabilities is, sign yourself first into a rehab program then see what other government benefits you can collect on.

      • DaveH

        Yep, typical Government hypocrisy. It is really just about the Government Gang who gets to live off of our tax money.

        • eyewideopen

          DaveH, what happened with your mantra of everybody taking care of themselves? The above post wants government to take care of him and you are’t screaming like you normally do? Have you changed your mind and agree that at times the government should step up and help those who are in dire situations? Can’t believe that you would actually change your view point. God Bless you for having some compassion.

          • DaveH

            How you get that from my comment is beyond my comprehension. You will just have to understand that we mere mortals can’t grasp the alternative world that you live in.

          • DaveH

            And remember EyeWideShut,
            Compassion is when you give of yourself.
            Theft (or slavery) is what it is called when you give of others.

      • JeffH

        …and yet I, at 59, was given my SS Disability (retroactive to age 58) on the first attempt. I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and put on permanent disability. I recieve about 80% of my maximum. Go figure it? Clowns are making the decisions I guess.

        • JeffH

          …forgot, I thank god that I have been working full time since I was 19.

        • DaveH

          Big Mistake Jeff,
          Now the Harpy EyeWideShut will put your info down on her list and use it to incessantly attack you in the future (compassionately, of course).

          • JeffH

            …ah DaveH, at least I had a choice in the matter. The Harpy is what it is, an unhappy misguided sole with a real severe case of tunnel vision. Besides, EWShut has been all over your case lately. I liked one of your earlier posts where you opened up to it a little bit. Ever notice that when she focuses on a subject, related to the article or not, that we all ignore, she’ll keep harping on it trying to get attention? I hope when I get old I never show that kind of senility.

  • Warrior

    If these people can’t begin with reviewing the supply side of health care (i.e. what are the principles behind the charges), than it’s a total waste of time. Take the goofy Hippa regulations for example and all the additional costs associated with this government mandated legislation.

  • Raggs

    I’m with Micheal J. this seems to be a part of the overall plan of action… It’s funny to think that the media is telling us we are in favor of the GOP bill when in fact we do not know what is in it either. This sounds like yet another backdoor scam in favor of government control… The government needs to stay the Heck out of my life period!!!!!! They are nothing more than a bunch of screwballs hellbent on socialism…

    • Scott

      The Republicans are now running in “safe Mode”. Letting the Dems. hang themselves. The more The Dems. fight among themselves, the better the Repub’s like it. With a 60 vote Senate and the grand majority in the house, and nothing passed in a year! Guess who’s laughing at who. Sad days for American people.

    • Tinwarble

      Here’s the GOP proposal:

  • journey home

    The health care plan gave too much away to the insurance companies and didn’t go far enough (to the left – for those still playing politics at this late stage of our countries demise) to help the middle class, and introduce competition into the market.

    In the end it looked like a giant give away to the status quo – that’s why they lost the seat – I mean come on we can’t buy the cheaper drugs from overseas – who’s that helping – and who’s profit is that protecting?

    It’s not helping the middle class but it is protecting the huge trans-national corporations.

    The voters have cried foul at the prospect of even more money coming out of our paychecks.

    The republicans are not even engaging in order to protect the trans national corporations and the hyper greedy upper class (the status quo).

    Wanting the President of the United States to fail because he has a different letter after his name or skin color is flat out stupid as well as treasonous. And like it or not Un-American.

    Paul Burke
    Author-Journey Home

    • DaveH

      There’s that “treason” word again. What a joke. You will have to save the manipulation for your ignorant Liberal friends. It doesn’t work on us.

    • Tinwarble

      It has nothing to do with Obama’s skin color nor the letter after his name, it does have to do with his socialist views. And you must be blind because you missed the whole side of the barn with your comments. People don’t want government telling them that they have to buy health insurance or what kind of insurance they have to buy and they most certainly don’t want the government giving them advice on “End of Life Care”. And if that is what you are looking for, then maybe you should move to Europe where they have that kind of health care. Although, you may not be able to get it there for very much longer because they are moving away from their socialized medicine.

    • Meteorlady

      Was it not Obama that told us on the campaign trail that he was for letting us buy drugs out of the country? Has that happened? No, because PHARMA has pumped millions to him to get his health care reform passed. Was it not Obama that said he would televise the entire health care debate in an open manner on C-span? Has any of this happened – noooooooooo. So what has color, name or anything else have to do with this issue?

  • Pat R

    Paul Burke:

    It’s been several days since I’ve run into the “Racist” issue; but here
    it is again! GET OVER IT!! The racist are in the White House!!!

    • Raggs

      True the white house is/are the only ones pushing a race card.
      Sick puppies!!!!!!

    • Scott

      There will always be a few Paul Burke’s around Pat. I don’t reply to them. just consider the source.

  • http://Yahoo Dee D

    If all politicians had to live with the same mandates they give us – they would get off their A$$E$ and get everything fixed in a hurry.

    • Raggs

      Dee D…
      In a democracy that would be the correct way, however we have a facist republic..

      • Tinwarble


        Actually, we are supposed to be a Republic, but we have turned into a Democracy.

        Republic: 1 a (1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government b (1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government c : a usually specified republican government of a political unit

        Democracy: 1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

        “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
        Benjamin Franklin

  • Political Junkie


    Let us the American citizens that the Obama Democrats and the Rhinos, all those that voted for this healthcare bill, senate and congress, vote them out of office. They are trying to throw the baby out with the bath water.

    Don’t forget, vote them out!

  • gmiller

    Duh! We already have such a bill: HR 3400 (NOT 3200)

  • Meteorlady

    I believe that the poll numbers were a little more than “37 percent feeling that he is taking the country in the wrong direction”. Last night before the State of the Union” it was more like 70%….

    The health care bill as it stands now will not solve any problems but only create more budget deficits in the years to come. Read about Medicare, Medicaid and VA – they have all increased 1000% more than the actual cost that was given to us when they were passed.

  • Meteorlady

    For those of you that think Republicans haven’t done anything but object:

    Empowering Patients First Act (Republican Study Committee Health Care Reform Bill, introduced July 30, 2009)
    Improving Health Care for All Americans Act (Shadegg Health Care Reform Bill, introduced July 14, 2009)
    Medical Rights & Reform Act (Kirk-Dent Health Care Reform Bill, introduced June 16, 2009)
    Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act (Gingrey medical liability reform bill, introduced June 6, 2009)
    Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2009 (Johnson small business health plans bill, introduced May 21, 2009)
    Promoting Health and Preventing Chronic Disease through Prevention and Wellness Programs for Employees, Communities, and Individuals Act of 2009 (Castle Wellness & Prevention Bill, introduced July 31, 2009)
    Improved Employee Access to Health Insurance Act of 2009 (Deal auto-enrollment bill, introduced October 15, 2009)
    Health Insurance Access for Young Workers and College Students Act of 2009 (Blunt bill to improve health insurance coverage of dependents, introduced October 21, 2009)


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