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September 10, 2009 Poll Results

Do you support the health care reforms proposed Wednesday night by President Obama?

Support strongly 28% 128 votes
Support, but with some concerns 15% 72 votes
Oppose, but see some positives 7% 33 votes
Oppose strongly 48% 222 votes
Total: 455 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


September 10, 2009
10:27 a.m.

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When I hear Obama or Pelosi or Reed or Tonko say that they'll enroll THEIR family in the public option, then I'll support it!

September 10, 2009
11:05 a.m.

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The question is, will the final plan have a public option, or will it BE a public option? Will everyone who has insurance and likes it now get to keep it as is? Voters would probably riot if this weren't the case, but an assurance of this in the final bill would probably go a long way toward easing the panic that's broken out around this issue.

September 12, 2009
1:03 p.m.

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Would love to see congressmen and senators respond to:

First, going after waste and fraud which has been talked about a great deal and never accomplished since no one has implemented a successful program. ( I wonder if government really ever wants to get rid of waste and fraud. )

Second, the prudent thing to do is allow private insurance companies to compete across state lines. Along with this would be national administrative standards so that compliance costs are reduced. This should assuage the President and be the first step before he makes huge leaps to concoct a government administered non-profit co-op, or a single-payor, government-run public plan. These latter ideas will only add to the budget deficit that will further bankrupt our country. Once in place, government programs will be difficult to remove if found to be too expensive as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are. ( When is a government program ever “revenue neutral”? )

Third, tort reform so doctors can practice medicine without the heavy burden of staggering malpractice insurance costs.

Fourth, give a federal tax deduction for health insurance premiums to include Long Term Care. This will make premiums between 15-30% less burdensome and government will just have to find a way to spend less money to accommodate this rebate to overtaxed citizens. Do not ever tax health insurance benefits!!

Seems we should be able to accomplish a lot without a thousand page plus bill. Please start with the obvious stated above and see what happens.

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