Sixty percent of Americans want Congress to create a government-run health insurance provider to compete with the private racket firms (voting begins in the Senate today)... but they don't think it's going to make difference in the quality of health care. Thomson Reuters released the results of a poll today:

* Believe in public option: 59.9 percent yes, 40.1 percent no.

* 86 percent of Democrats support the public option versus 57 percent of Independents and 33 percent of Republicans.

* Quality of healthcare will be better 12 months from now: 35 percent strongly disagree. 11.6 percent strongly agree. 29.9 percent put themselves in the middle.

* Believe the amount of money spent on health care will be less 12 months from now: 52 percent strongly disagree, 13 percent strongly agree.

* 23 percent believe it will be easier for people to receive the care they need a year from now.

You're have to be mad to believe that health insurance is best handled entirely by the private market. Of course, I'd argue that at least 40 percent of Americans are on the brink of totally nuts.