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Re: The Great Liberal Health-Care Freakout



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Ramesh, Greenberg’s findings are also echoed in the new Pew poll, out yesterday, which compares responses from 1993 and today. They find concern about almost every element of the health care debate was greater and more intense in 1993 than it is today. The percentage of people who think the country as a whole spends too much on health care has increased very slightly (from a remarkably low 36% in 1993 to a remarkably low 38% today). But when asked if our health care system needs to be “completely rebuilt” 55% said yes in 1993 while only 41% think so today. The percentage of people who think “only minor changes” are required has gone up from 15% to 24%. The percentage of people who say paying for health care is a major problem for their family has gone down. And perhaps most interesting, when asked whether in reforming health care it is more important to limit costs or to expand access to insurance coverage, the breakdown in 1993 was 20% for limiting costs and 74% for expanding access to care, while today the breakdown is 36% for limiting costs and 56% for expanding access to coverage. Nowhere is there much of an endorsement of any of what the Democrats are pursuing so intently.



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