About That Whole Power of Crazy Thing

Remember the poll from June I posted a couple days ago?

(CBS) A clear majority of Americans — 72 percent — support a government-sponsored health care plan to compete with private insurers, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds. Most also think the government would do a better job than private industry at keeping down costs and believe that the government should guarantee health care for all Americans.

via Poll: Most Back Public Health Care Option – CBS News.

Here’s a current poll:

And according to a brand-new NBC News poll, 47% of Americans — a plurality — oppose the public plan, versus 43% who support it. That’s a shift from last month’s NBC/WSJ poll, when 46% said they backed it and 44% were opposed.

In a follow-up question explaining the benefits and disadvantages associated with a public plan, 45% said they agreed with the description — by supporters — that it would help lower health-care costs and provide coverage for uninsured Americans.

But 48% sided with opponents who say a public option would reduce access to their choice of doctors, and would lower costs by limiting medical treatment options.

via NBC poll: Plurality opposes public option – First Read – msnbc.com.

Different polls. Maybe the methodology is suspect in one of them, etc. But goddamn that’s a wide swing.

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