By far the most widely supported healthcare reform plan among the American people – centrists included – is the so-called ‘public option’. Poll after poll over the last decade has shown the highest level of support for it, vs other healthcare reform options – especially when the survey describes what it means, as many don’t know the difference between ideas floated by politicians by just their names.
Surveys where those polled were told that the public option gave people the choice between government and private insurance plans have shown support above 70%, with some upwards of 80%. Contrast this with recent GOP plans, which polled in the 20% to the low 30’s range, and the ‘single payer’ plan from the left that would forcing everyone to be on the same government plan without any competition in the 40’s.
Regardless of what you choose for yourself, nobody should be able to make these choices for other people, and having private plans competing with the government may lead to innovation that wouldn’t happen with a government monopoly.