Thanks to National Journal's Mark Blumenthal for his wonderful analysis of recent polls on Americans views of health care reform and a public plan option.  Rather than focusing on just the poll of the week, the National Journal's "Mystery Pollster" reviews findings in a wide range of recent polling and provides a depth of analysis sorely lacking in most Washington coverage these days.  This analysis confirms that fear-mongering against a government-run health care option just doesn't work for those who actually have that coverage--namely, seniors in Medicare: "Those comparisons show the depth of Medicare's popularity. According to a national CAHPS survey conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2007, 56 percent of enrollees in traditional fee-for-service Medicare give their "health plan" a rating of 9 or 10 on a 0-10 scale. Similarly, 60 percent of seniors enrolled in Medicare Managed Care rated their plans a 9 or 10. But according to the CAHPS surveys compiled by HHS, only 40 percent of Americans enrolled in private health insurance gave their plans a 9 or 10 rating." Yet while those who actually have public plan coverage like it, those who don't are more likely to buy the arguments against a "government-run" option: "So, the Americans experienced with "government-run" health insurance like what they have and don't want to change it, and younger Americans enthusiastic for change don't know what they're missing." We highly recommend you read the entire analysis and we're glad to give Mark Blumenthal and the National Journal's "Mystery Pollster" a "Networthy Award" for outstanding coverage of elder issues on the net.