America Backs Two-Legged Stools

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A new Gallup poll shows that only 39 percent of Americans want Congress to pass the current health-care legislation under consideration, while 55 percent would prefer Democrats to work toward alternative legislation that would receive more (read: any) Republican support — which sounds like the pared-back approach currently being discussed in which only the most popular components of the current bill would be voted on. As Paul Krugman today and Ezra Klein yesterday explain, this would be like removing a leg from a three-legged stool. [Gallup]