A new poll shows surprisingly strong doctor support for the public option.

A new poll shows surprisingly strong doctor support for the public option.

A new poll shows surprisingly strong doctor support for the public option.

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Sept. 14 2009 6:40 PM

Doctors Like the Public Option!

No wonder it "appears to be dying."

Somebody forgot to tell doctors how terribly unpopular the public option is. Sixty-three percent of them support it, according to a new survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, even though one of its chief purposes would be to pay doctors less. When Robert Pear wrote in the Sept. 12 New York Times that the public option "appears to be dying" partly because of "all-out opposition" by "much of the health care industry," he should have said, "except actual physicians."

Somebody forgot to tell the public, too. Fifty-five percent of them support it, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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