Every poll I have read indicates the American public and both political parties support health-care reform. What is not
supported, according to the polls, are the plans developed by the House, Senate and, more recently, by President
The Herald (editorial, Feb. 26) pointed out the incongruity between the Princeton Survey of six favorable aspects of
the proposed plan and widespread opposition to the president's plan. All consumer purchase decisions are based on
trade-offs, e.g. high quality vs. low costs, service vs. price, etc. In the absence of a trade-off, why not support,for example, insurance companies' extending coverage to pre-existing conditions?
The Herald and other supporters of health-care reform proposals incorrectly have assumed the American people don't
understand the issues and that they would support it if only it were better explained. I believe the majority of
Americans do understand. They have thought through the provisions of the current proposal, and while they agree with
parts of the plan, the negative effects outweigh the positive.
The huge cost, carve-outs for special interest groups, backroom deals and government intervention are trade-offs of the
current proposal that most Americans are unwilling to accept.