Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Not So Fast!

Cheryl Gay Stohlberg in the NY Times seems to think that some form of substantial health insurance reform will pass, that Obama and the Dems are far from dead on this issue. Most importantly, she points out that the public still supports the President and that the poll numbers have not shifted all that much.

But even after weeks filled with seemingly ominous portents for Mr. Obama’s ambitions, there is evidence that public opinion remains basically supportive of him. Despite intense controversy over the “public option,” a government-backed insurance plan that would compete with the private sector, a CBS poll at the end of August found that 60 percent of Americans still support the idea, down from 66 percent in July. And half the respondents to the poll said Mr. Obama had better ideas on health care than Republicans, down from 55 percent.

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