Americans to Congress: Keep Working on Healthcare

Some in Congress seem to be suggesting that healthcare reform should be scrapped, or seriously curtailed, do to the poor state of the economy and the jobs market. The American people disagree.

Nearly six in ten Americans want Congress to continue working on health care reform bills that have been passed through various committees, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-nine percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say lawmakers should continue working on the legislation, a rise of 6 points since August. But only a quarter say those bills should be passed pretty much as is, with a third suggesting that Congress should make major changes. The poll also indicates that one in four say lawmakers should start from scratch and 15 percent want Congress to stop all work on health care reform.

The CNN poll also finds that a majority of Americans, 55 percent, support the public option.

Coming in the wake of an election day that can be read as hostile to the current Democratic agenda (even as Democrats swept the two races actually involving the Democratic agenda on Capitol hill, including one in a congressional district much of which has not sent a Democrat to Congress in more than 150 years) and on the eve of the historic House vote on healthcare reform, these numbers could strengthen the hands of those whipping for 218 in the Democratic leadership. Certainly little in these numbers would lead me to want to renege on my offer to wager on the results of this weekend's healthcare vote in the House (the benefits of which would go to charity). But we'll have to wait and see.

Tags: 111th Congress, Healthcare (all tags)

Comments

11 Comments

No vote

Pelosi doesn't have the votes, so the vote is not going to happen tomorrow.

I guess you lose your bet.

The forces of evil triumph again.

by dMarx 2009-11-06 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: No vote

The vote will be tomorrow, count on it...

Right now, it's the Hispanic caucus holding back... they will support it in the end....

by LordMike 2009-11-06 11:07AM | 0 recs
Re: No vote

This seems different from what is reported on other sites. They say the delay relates to amendments.

by bruh3 2009-11-06 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: No vote

Grow up.

by spirowasright 2009-11-06 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: No vote

Dude. Chill. On MSNBC this morning.  

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33717968/ns/ politics-health_care_reform

by dMarx 2009-11-06 02:04PM | 0 recs
The house is fine

Its the senate where the battle lines are drawn, my information is that the house is happy.

Add to this please, that the American Medical Assocation just endorsed the reform....

by Trey Rentz 2009-11-06 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: The house is fine

The house doesn't look too happy.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33717968/ns/ politics-health_care_reform

by dMarx 2009-11-06 10:41AM | 0 recs
but see this...

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2 009/11/06/2121653.aspx

Late night vote on Saturday.  If it fails, it's hard to see a recovery for both Obama and the Democrats next year.

by esconded 2009-11-06 10:52AM | 0 recs
Re: but see this...

That article says that they do not have enough votes.

I wonder how they plan to get them by tomorrow night or even Sunday.  Sausage if being made I guess.

by dMarx 2009-11-06 02:08PM | 0 recs
This cant possibly fail

Democrats have to do something and so far they have done nothing.  If this fails, its all over.  

by Kent 2009-11-06 11:16AM | 0 recs
Re: This cant possibly fail
Go back to your mom's basement.
Is there any liberalweb site where we can get big boy posters and diarists?
by spirowasright 2009-11-06 11:41AM | 0 recs

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