Healthcare in the Abstract


Greg Sargent highlights a piece of a recent CBS poll which suggests that Americans are pretty happy with doing at least as much on the healthcare front as we’re currently doing. That’s good news.

Unfortunately, the numbers aren’t as good as they look at first glance. 57% think we should cover as many or more Americans than the current bills, but how many of those people would you lose if you added “even if it meant paying higher taxes”? 60% want to control costs better, but how many would you lose if you added “even if that means your healthcare choices might be restricted”? Support for more stuff is usually pretty high in the abstract, but on healthcare these days it’s not all that high even in the abstract. That’s not such good news at all.