Support Grows for Public Option

A new Washington Post-ABC News survey on health care reform shows support for the public option is rising.

The report shows that while Americans are still divided on the bills currently making their way through the House and Senate, a clear majority, 57 percent, now favor a public insurance option, compared to 52 percent two months ago. Results show support jumps to 76 percent if the public plan could be run by individual states and open only to those who lack affordable coverage options. Supporters agree that having a government-run insurance provider is the best way to bring and keep down overall costs.

Other results include 61 percent opposition to the Senate Finance Committee’s plan to tax health care benefits. And, 71 percent support a provision mandating all Americans buy insurance as long as the government provides subsidies for lower-income families.