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What do we want?

How do we really feel about Obamacare? It seems like our message is garbled. (AP Photo/file)

We Americans are constantly being told by politicians what we want – especially when it comes to health care reform.

They know how we feel because they have opinion polls. Like the latest Rasmussen poll which says 52 percent feel at least somewhat unfavorable about Obamacare; 47 percent, somewhat favorable. That supports Ted Cruz’s case:

“This fight was always about the American people who are hurting because of Obamacare,” said Cruz.

And at the same time we have the NBC poll which found that 52 percent of the American people said government should be doing more to solve problems and help meet peoples’ needs. That supports this man’s case:

“We know that the American people’s frustration with what goes on in this town has never been higher,” said President Barack Obama.

How can a 52 percent majority be both unfavorable toward Obamacare and at the same time feel the government should be doing more to solve problems and meet needs?

And then there’s the CNN poll, which looks really bad for Obamacare, only 38 percent in favor of Obamacare.

Oh American people, how does your message gets so garbled?

But wait! CNN actually asked people why they don’t favor Obamacare, and it found that 11 percent oppose it because it’s not liberal enough. Yes. Eleven percent oppose it because it doesn’t include enough government involvement.

And in the CBS poll, they did something similar – instead of asking yes-no they asked why, and found 20 percent said the law didn’t go far enough. This is our problem: We are a complicated people being represented by yes-no politicians.

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Dave Ross

Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.


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