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11% don't like Obamacare because they prefer a single-payer system

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To The Daily Sun,
Rep. Burchell's figures don't tell the whole story as to public perception of Obamacare. In fact, 11 percnet of the 57 percent of Americans he says oppose Obamacare are those who feel the plan doesn't go far enough. So add those individuals to the 38 percent who support the health care law and you come to nearly half of the American public in favor of Obamacare.
I'm glad that Rep. Burchell doesn't have a pre-existing condition that prevented him from getting health insurance or hasn't had a catastrophic illness that sent him into bankruptcy, but countless Americans have.
I assume Rep. Burchell already benefits from government-sponsored health care in the form of Medicare. Back in 1995, when the Medicare law was enacted, there was exactly the same type of backlash we are now seeing over Obamacare. The opponents of Medicare were wrong, just as the opponents are misguided now.
Just ask my friend with Lyme disease who can purchase affordable health insurance now for the first time since her diagnosis!

Kate Miller