Uma boa política de saúde faz boa política
Jeff Parker, «Florida Today» & «Cagle Cartoons»
Dan Balz e Jon Cohen escrevem no Washington Post que uma recente sondagem mostra que o apoio popular ao plano de Barack Obama para reformar o sistema de saúde americano, aumentou consideravelmente desde o Verão e uma maioria dos americanos agora apoia um sistema universal para competir com as seguradoras privadas:
[…] On the issue that has been perhaps the most pronounced flash point in the national debate, 57 percent of all Americans now favor a public insurance option, while 40 percent oppose it. Support has risen since mid-August, when a bare majority, 52 percent, said they favored it. (In a June Post-ABC poll, support was 62 percent.)
If a public plan were run by the states and available only to those who lack affordable private options, support for it jumps to 76 percent. Under those circumstances, even a majority of Republicans, 56 percent, would be in favor of it, about double their level of support without such a limitation.
[…] Faced with a basic choice that soon may confront the administration and Democratic congressional leaders, a slim majority of Americans, 51 percent, would prefer a plan that included some form of government insurance for people who cannot get affordable private coverage even if it had no GOP support in Congress. Thirty-seven percent would rather have a bipartisan plan that did not feature a public option. Republicans and Democrats are on opposite sides of this question, while independents prefer a bill that includes a public option but does not have Republican support, by 52 percent to 35 percent.
David Horsey, »Seattle Post-Intelligencer»
David Sirota, na Truthout, escreve, em tom de “desabafo”, que uma boa política de saúde faz boa política e vice-versa.