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  • Public Support for ObamaCare Collapses under the Facts

    When it comes to ObamaCare, poll after poll shows the public can be fairly supportive—until they realize how much they stand to personally lose. Americans have told pollsters for months about fears that their health coverage will disappear. They’re also reporting unprecedented concern that health reform will only add to the nation’s out-of-control federal deficits. And no matter how much the Administration says other people will pay for health reform (i.e., the rich), the American people know better.

    Republican pollster Bill McInturff agrees. He told us at a health care press chat that Heritage regularly hosts: “In the broader context, there is heightened concern about general government and the page of government spending. And health care spending isn’t some huge abstract from those issues – it’s directly connected.”

    Additionally, a new Gallup poll that just came out last Thursday found most Americans (49 percent) believe their families will pay even steeper health care costs if ObamaCare passes. Only 22 percent said their health care bill will get better, and 27 percent said it will likely be unchanged. So much for the Administration’s repeated claims that it will bend the cost curve downward. In the same poll, 39 percent fear the quality of the health care they receive will drop, while only 19 percent said it would improve.

    McInturff and Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, who also stopped by for Heritage’s chat but has a different view of how Americans perceive health reform, have been seeing these trends in health reform polls:
    • Many people have the same belief they did during HillaryCare — they are largely satisfied with their own health care coverage but not with the U.S. health delivery system.
    • People support paying less for health care services, as long as their health services don’t decline.
    • A healthy number of people don’t understand the terminology or purpose for provisions like a public health insurance option.

    But Americans know enough about ObamaCare to oppose what they’re hearing. For example, the requirement that all Americans must buy health insurance or pay a penalty (the individual mandate, which is part of all of the Democratic plans being considered in Congress) received 71 percent opposition in a new national poll commissioned by the Galen Institute.

    Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, also got it right in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, when he noted much of this public resistance to the liberals’ health reform efforts comes from three serious violations of America’s core values: individual choice, personal responsibility and rewards for hard work.

    The health care debate is part of a moral struggle currently being played out over the free enterprise system. It will be replayed in every major policy debate in coming months, from financial regulatory reform to a cap-and-trade system for limiting carbon emissions.

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    3 Responses to Public Support for ObamaCare Collapses under the Facts

    1. David Anfinrud, Bell says:

      It is so true that once people understand what really is in the bills, the opposition will grow even more.

      The fines against doctors for not telling patients of investments they have in running thier own lab. Interesting idea that doctors would run tests to make more money. And yes there may be a small minority of Doctors that run unnecessary tests to make a few extra dollars. Yet no attempt to do tort reform. Fine Doctors but no accountabiltiy for lawyers. I guess lawyers have a right to keep up filing lawsuit after lawsuit. Which in my opinion is one way to cut medical costs. Limit the pain and suffering. Too many people see it as a lottery that they can win big bucks from doctors. Yet the lawyers take home the lions share of the money.

    2. Bobbie Jay says:

      This government plan of the president's is anything but moral!

      Those behind the presidents plan to "reform" are just as corrupt as he. What is moral, Mr. president, is freedom and with that freedom, choice. People can't be free unless they're self reliant. Without your "feel sorry for me" programs, people will become self-reliant.

    3. Freedom of Speech TX says:

      "…serious violations of America’s core values: individual choice, personal responsibility and rewards for hard work."

      To the fanatic liberal there is a much different definition:

      1) selfishness (how dare you exercise individual choice when others may not agree with your choices)

      2) no one is responsible (for a variety of sociological reasons)

      3) no one should get more than a fair share (the fair share to be determined by an ever-increasing tyrannical socialist government).

      There is one way out. Join the "Party" and foster the growth of the movement.

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