Poll: Just 13 percent want ‘Medicare for all’ if it means end of private insurance

By Matthew Sheffield in The Hill –

Ken Feltman’s comment: This research shows why it will be difficult to restructure the way Americans receive healthcare.

A new poll finds that about only one in 10 registered voters want the equivalent of Medicare for all if it means abolishing private health insurance plans.

13 percent of respondents said they would prefer a health care system that covers all citizens and doesn’t allow for private plans, an approach that is sometimes referred to as “single-payer.”

The most popular option, at 32 percent, consisted of a universal, government-operated system that also would allow people to buy private, supplemental insurance.

Twenty-six percent of respondents said they wanted a government insurance plan offered to all citizens, but one that doesn’t compel people with private plans to use it, a system sometimes called a “public option.”

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Posted in Healthcare, Thought-Provoking Analysis

Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern

By Jacob Poushter and Christine Huang of Pew Research Center –

Climate change is seen by more countries as a top international threat, but many people also name ISIS and cyberattacks as their top security concern.

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Posted in Climate, Cyber security, Global warming, ISIS

Joe Biden says he will decide soon whether to run for president


by Paul Carrel of Reuters TV; Editing by Hugh Lawson –

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said on Saturday he had not yet decided whether to run for president in 2020 but would do so “in the near term.”

The 76-year old would also find himself at the center of a debate among Democrats about whether their party would best be led in the November 2020 vote by a political newcomer or a seasoned veteran.

“I haven’t reached a decision,” Biden told reporters at the annual Munich Security Conference. “I’m in the process of doing that, and I will in the near term let everyone know what that decision is.”

Ken Feltman’s comment: I have written or posted several articles about Joe Biden over the years. Here is one from 2015 that may give you insight into the complex mind of a generous man who has suffered difficult personal loses: 

The Joe Biden I Know

 

 

Posted in 2020 election, Joe Biden | Tagged

Sen. Chris Coons: Trump’s Syria Withdrawal “Has Really Unsettled Our Core Allies”

Video Posted By Tim Hains on Real Clear Politics –

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Posted in Donald Trump, Geopolitical, Syria, United States

Since Parkland…

From SinceParkland.org –

Fatal shootings of children have been on the rise, government data show. But as the deaths mount, the toll is bigger than numbers can capture.

Working with The Trace, Miami Herald, and McClatchy, student reporters set out to measure the void left in homes and classrooms that have lost young people to the pull of a trigger.

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Posted in Children, Families, Guns and gun control