I've heard all the arguments about health care reform. I've heard the sob stories and the sober financial arguments and the comparisons to Europe and the complaints about the insurance monopolies and government corruption. All of it has some validity and all of it tends to leave out one key fact. The American people don't want health care reform and they particularly don't want reform based on the proposals currently being circulated by Democrats in Congress.
In the last six months of polling on the health care issue, Rasmussen has shown a remarkably consistent strong opposition to health care reform. With 25 polls in six months, only one showed a bare positive level of support, and as recently as a week ago support for health care reform had dropped to an all-time low of 38% with a clear 56% opposition. The secondary figures are even more negative with 50% say they believe reform will lead to a decline in health care and only 18% anticipate any improvement at all.
The Rasmussen results are similar to other polls. Gallup has 42% against the health care reform and only 35% for it. Fox has 51% against and only 35% for it. CBS has 45% against and 40 for. CNN has the closest result with 49% opposed and 46% for. By any measure and in every poll the people oppose the ideas of health care reform which are currently being considered.
It could be that they're way more concerned about something else than they are about health care.
Now and since the spring when the Congress and administration began spending money like drunken sailors on shore leave, the overwhelming primary concern of the people has been the state of the economy. In the latest CNN poll it runs 30 points ahead of health care at 47% to 17% among "problems and priorities." Health care even drops to third behind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the Gallup poll.