Americans Want Health Care Reform Strengthened

January 12, 2010 11:27 am ET — Chris Harris

Last month, Media Matters Action Network described how Republicans were incorrectly using health care polls to argue Americans opposed progressive health care reform.

While Republicans claim the majority is opposed to reform, polls show that more Americans only disapprove of the bills because they want them to be stronger... as in more progressive.

Today the Plum Line's Greg Sargent wrote:

The CBS poll finds that Obama's approval rating on health care has dipped to 36%. But the poll also asked whether people think the reform proposal, in various ways, goes too far, is about right, or doesn't go far enough:

In every one of those polled - covering Americans, controlling costs, and regulating insurance companies - more think the bill doesn't go far enough.

To be sure, Americans seem close to evenly divided on the question of whether the proposal goes too far or not far enough. But the latter category outnumbers the former, suggesting that the desire that reform be more ambitious is a key factor driving dissatisfaction with Obama - even though that possibility is rarely discussed by the big news orgs or by top-shelf pundits.

If Republicans were sincere about fighting for the will of the people, they would stop obstructing progress and join the fight for meaningful health care reform.