Another note on today's Washington Post poll: once again, Americans reportedly support the public option, but they don't back the overall plan being developed in Congress, just like the last time the Post polled on health care.
This cuts, pretty directly, against the concerns that both observers of the legislative process and key members of the Senate have voiced: that Democratic plans might go too far--that anything but the most conservative incarnation of Democratic health reform (the bill put out by the Senate Finance Committee) will be too liberal to earn consensus, i.e. the support of centrist senators like Ben Nelson (D-NE), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).
According to the Post, that's not how the public sees it--they think Congress's current plans don't go far enough:
Americans support the public option overwhelmingly, 57 percent to 40 percent, according to the survey. They oppose the "changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration)" 48 percent to 45 percent.
People like the public option; Congress's plans don't include it; people don't like Congress's plans. It seems simple enough, and it's been borne out by other recent polls as well: an Oct. 5 McClatchty/Ipsos poll found the public opposed to current plans 42 percent to 40 percent and in favor of the public option 53 percent to 42 percent, while an Oct. 8 Quinnipiac poll showed the public opposed to overall reform plans 47 percent to 40 percent and in favor of the public option 61 percent to 34 percent.