Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Right Wing Organization Finds HUGE Support for Public Plan Option

Bernie Horn of the Campaign for America's Future reports:

Eighty-three percent of Americans favor and only 14 percent oppose “creating a new public health insurance plan that anyone can purchase” according to EBRI, a conservative business research organization. This flatly contradicts conservatives’ loudest attack against President Obama’s plan to provide quality, affordable health care for all.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) calls itself “the most authoritative and objective source of information” on the issues of employee retirement and health benefits. Founded in 1978, EBRI says it “is the gold standard for private analysts and decision makers, government policymakers, the media, and the public.” And EBRI is funded by many of the largest corporations in America.

EBRI’s biggest donors include: AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, General Dynamics, General Mills, IBM, JBMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Northop Grumman, Schering-Plough, Schwab, T.Rowe Price, UBS Financial, and Wal-Mart. EBRI also receives large contributions from the insurance industry, including: Blue Cross Blue Shield, CIGNA, Hartford, Kaiser Permanente, Massachusetts Mutual, Metropolitan Life, Union Labor Life, and UnitedHealth.

Now that even right wing organizations will admit that most of the public supports the creation of a public health insurance plan, I'd like to see every politician who attacks the idea to be confronted with the fact that they're likely standing up against their own constituents by doing so.

I mean, if we're truly a well-functioning democratic republic, then we should expect our representatives to stand with us. Instead, we're in a huge fight in DC right now over whether we can even get 60 votes on this super-popular proposal. I think that's clear evidence that our system is malfunctioning.