by Jonathan Singer, Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 02:49:10 PM ESTA new survey commissioned by the AARP asks respondents to what degree they support or oppose "starting a new federal health insurance plan that individuals could purchase if they can't afford private plans offered to them" -- a public option, in other words. The results are interesting, though not necessarily surprising to those who have been closely following the debate.
All: 79 percent favor/18 percent opposeNot only does a public option enjoy strong support (AARP finds 37 percent strongly supporting such a choice), it enjoys broad support -- a finding based not only in this new survey but also in SurveyUSA polling released last week. Indeed, a supermajority of even Republicans supports a federal program to provide individuals with a choice for their health insurance coverage, with just a third of the party membership opposing such a plan.
Democrats: 89 percent favor/8 percent oppose
Republicans: 61 percent favor/33 percent oppose
Independents: 80 percent favor/16 percent oppose
So why, again, are supporters of a public option finding such difficulty in Congress? (I'll give you a hint: BRIBERY FROM LOBBYISTS!)