Likely Voters Support Changes to New Health Care LawJuly 7, 2010
With Independent voters siding overwhelmingly with Republican voters again in our latest survey, conservative and market-oriented policies now consistently trump the liberal and government-oriented policies pursued by President Obama and the Democrats in Congress. This survey finds that predictions of increased support for the health care bill once voters learned more about it have proved inaccurate.
Likely voters agree that the health care reform law should be repealed, even in the face of a strong counterargument. The argument for keeping the reform law intact featured an attack on health insurance companies, but fell short. (It should be noted, however, that the repeal argument includes a conservative alternative to the status quo, not a return to it.)
Congressman A says we should not repeal the Obama health care reform law. Repeal would leave 30 million Americans without coverage, and would let the insurance companies go back to cancelling policies when you get sick and denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition. We should stand up to the insurance companies, not give in to them.
Congressman B says we should repeal the Obama health care reform law, and replace it with a system that lowers costs, allows people to keep the coverage they have now, and give individuals the same tax breaks businesses get to provide health care insurance. Obama’s law will drive health care costs through the roof and bankrupt the country.
Voters agree that we should repeal the health care reform law by a 53 to 41 percent margin, including a 52 to 39 percent margin among Independents.
Voters agree with additional conservative proposals on health care as well. Voters agree that people should be allowed to buy health insurance across state lines by a 67 to 26 percent margin (68 to 26 percent among Independents); agree that frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits drive up the cost of health care by a 52 to 36 percent margin (55 to 34 percent among Independents); and agree that states should decide for themselves how to cover their citizens by a 51 to 43 percent margin.
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