Dear CNN: Tell us something liberals did not already know about healthcare reform
"Taxes are popular and Americans want Americans to pay more progressive taxes, too. Healthcare reform would be popular if it were not for a mandate to buy crappy private insurance."
- Liberal America
CNN did a poll on healthcare reform and taxes and it is interesting to note that the minority of Americans that are conservative are the minority of Americans that are conservative. Do the math. If they were not, why would the liberal's view of these issues hold so true across the board on the big issues of our day? D'uh! Andthe fact that, exactly as the liberals told everyone, the mandate would be unpopular across the board is supposed to be surprising?
On taxes, three in ten believe that the Bush-era tax cuts should be continued for all Americans, according to the new poll released Friday. Just over 50 percent say those tax cuts should be continued only for families who make less than $250,000 a year, as Obama has proposed. Nearly 1 in 5 meanwhile say the tax cuts should expire for all Americans.
Not surprisingly, Republicans tend to favor tax cuts for all, while Democrats prefer Obama's proposal. Half of all Republicans surveyed want tax cuts on all income brackets to be extended while only 13 percent of Democrats feel that way. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Democrats are in favor of rolling back tax cuts for wealthier Americans while only 40 percent of Republicans are.
On health care, the new law remains unpopular, partly because of the new mandate that all Americans must have health insurance (56 percent oppose the mandate). Other provisions in the new bill are popular, however. Nearly six in ten, for example, favor restrictions on insurance companies that require them to cover people who become seriously ill or who have a pre-existing condition.
Overall, 56 percent oppose the new law, but not all of that opposition is likely to turn into votes against Democrats in November. Among those who oppose the legislation, 41 percent oppose the health care law because it is too liberal. But another 13 percent oppose the law because it was not liberal enough.
You can guarentee that if a public option that was "Medicare" or, even better, just a plain and simple solution of "Medicare for All" were in the mix that the mandate would be less unpopular BUT it is not in the mix.
Put this poll in the "I told you so!" file.
Too bad that the Obama admninistration and their hardcore supporters are too conservative and out of touch with America to do what would not only be good policy but would also win them the votes.
In the merely mortal words of the Infantry:
That should be the left's battle-cry, and one the rest of America would heed if they actually wanted to make this nation function for people, too, and not just corporations and the uber elite.