Given the high percentage of Americans who are satisfied with the current health care, it’s no wonder that polls have repeatedly shown (at least since this summer) that we prefer the status quo to the various health care plans proposed by President Obama and the Democrats. In July, Rasmussen found that a plurality opposed health care reforms which would require a tax hike (as does the Baucus plan which emerged earlier this week, with a solid majority disapproving if the reforms would change their current plan:
Given a choice between health care reform and a tax hike or no health care reform and no tax hike, 47% would prefer to avoid the tax hike and do without reform. Forty-one percent (41%) take the opposite view.
The opposition is stronger when asked about a choice between health care reform that would require changing existing health insurance coverage or no health care reform and no change from current coverage. In that case, voters oppose reform by a 54% to 32% margin.
A new FoxNews poll offers a similar result:
More Americans would rather Congress do nothing than pass Obama’s plan: 46 percent to 37 percent of people polled say they prefer the current health care system to the one the president has proposed.
Not just that, “more people oppose — 48 percent — the health care reform legislation being considered right now than favor it — 38 percent.” Interestingly, this poll seems to skew more pro-Obama than the most recent Gallup poll, with Fox showing the President enjoyed a 54 percent approval rating while Gallup pegs him at 51. Perhaps that’s because the partisan sample in this poll is more heavily Democratic, “42% Democrat, 31% Republican, and 21% Independent.”
This poll really does undermine the central argument that President has made in pushing his plan, that we absolutely, positively must act now before our health care system goes to hell in a handbasket:
From the start of the health-care debate, the president has always posed a choice (one as “false” as any of the “false choices” he routinely derides): my way or the status quo. And the status quo is supposed to be so awful, so unacceptable, that of course we’ll take ObamaCare. Forget for a moment the myriad of alternatives to ObamaCare. It seems the public is calling Obama’s bluff.