NBC Poll: Support For Healthcare Reform Sinking

Posted on December 16, 2009

From the MSNBC Website:

As the Senate sprints to pass a health-care bill by Christmas, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that those believing President Obama’s health-reform plan is a good idea has sunk to its lowest level.

Just 32 percent say it’s a good idea, versus 47 percent who say it’s a bad idea.

In addition, for the first time in the survey, a plurality prefers the status quo to reform. By a 44-41 percent margin, respondents say it would be better to keep the current system than to pass Obama’s health plan.

Support for keeping the status quo is actually reversal from their October poll which had support for changing health care at a 45 to 39 advantage over keeping the status quo.  Why the reversal?

Reading through the comments on the poll, one person says:

“Who cares about a poll that doesn’t include my opinion? I don’t buy into any of them. Before Medicare was passed no one wanted it either. Now it’s “don’t you dare touch my Medicare”. Get it done and screw half a** poll numbers.” (expletive altered by me)

It’s ironic that this commenter actually uses Medicare as an example of a popular government program.  The current state of Medicare may be one of the reasons for the decline in support for any new health care bill.  Medicare is hugely in the red. Using it as an example for government health care is not wise when trying to convince constituents that any health care reform will be “deficit neutral.”

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