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Union members oppose key Obamacare points
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Members of organized labor across the United States, considered key allies in President Obama’s pursuit of a health care takeover and implementation of a long list of new government requirements for health insurance, disagree with him on a number of key points, according to the results of a new poll.
That comes from the newest Zogby International–O’Leary Report poll of 4,426 likely voters Sept. 4-8. It has a margin of error of 1.5 percentage points.
A subset of 1,036 voters who are members of unions responded to a number of questions and submitted surprising answers, including the fact two-thirds of them do not believe the government should demand consumers buy health insurance.
“Union members are supposed to be important allies to President Obama in his push for a health care overhaul,” said Brad O’Leary, publisher of “The O’Leary Report.”
O’Leary, besides authoring the report bearing his name, also has written “Shut Up America: The End of Free Speech.”
“These poll results, however, show that even large percentages of union members reject the key tenets of ‘Obamacare,’” he said.
On the question: “Do you agree or disagree that the federal government should require all Americans to purchase health insurance, or face a fine?” Only 20 percent agreed and 12 percent were uncertain. A sizeable 67 percent said they disagreed with the point – a key component of Obama’s health care revolution plans.
The union members were equally split on which question reflected their feelings: A: A government-run ‘public’ health insurance option is needed to create more competition and choice in the health insurance marketplace. B: The public option is too intrusive to the free market and would eventually drive private health insurers out of business.
Fifty-four percent opposed an “employer mandate” that would require businesses, including small businesses, to provide health insurance to their employees or face a fine. Thirty-eight percent supported the idea.
The results of other questions:
Forty-four percent of union members chose A, 44 percent B.
Fifty-seven percent chose support, 37 percent opposed.
Forty-one percent chose to cover the 3.3 percent; 39 percent said overhaul the system.
Twenty-nine percent supported the plan, nearly 60 percent opposed it.
Forty-nine percent supported the plan, 45 percent opposed.
Forty-four percent supported the plan; 51 percent opposed.
Seventy-six percent agreed; 14 percent disagreed.
Nearly 12 percent support the plan; 77 percent opposed.
Twenty-four percent said yes; 56 percent no.
Eighty-four percent agreed; nearly six percent disagreed.
Only one in five agreed; 71 percent said no.
Forty-three percent agreed; nearly 49 percent were opposed.
Thirty-seven percent suggested adding to the deficit; 46 percent said lower the deficit first.
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