Republicans have been campaigning on a platform of “repeal and replace” of President Obama’s signature health care reform legislation. According to an AP poll released today, by a 2 to 1 margin, voters said that not only should the law not be repealed, but that it didn’t go far enough.
“I was disappointed that it didn’t provide universal coverage,” Bronwyn Bleakley, 35, an Easton, Mass.-based biology professor, told the AP.
According to the poll, 40 percent of adults think the new law didn’t go far enough to fix health care, regardless of whether they support the law, oppose it or remain neutral.
The poll was conducted by Stanford University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
While Republicans seem to have convinced themselves that voters have overwhelmingly rejected the president’s health care law, the data doesn’t support that conclusion.
Overall, 30 percent favor the legislation, 40 percent oppose it and 30 percent remain neutral.
But among those who do oppose health care reform, they do so with vigor.
“I think it’s a Trojan horse,” Brian Braley, 49, a tech industry worker in Mesa, Ariz., said of the health care law. “It’s a communist, socialist scheme. All the other countries that have tried this, they’re billions in debt, and they admit this doesn’t work.”
Yet, no country has ever gotten rid of their universal health care system. While some have created a hybrid of government and private health care providers and services, no industrialized nation has decided to change to an American health system, which is the most expensive in the world.
But is regulating the health insurance business tantamount to a “communist, socialist scheme”? If you watch too much Fox News, you’ll probably think so, but regulating health insurance companies is no more a communist plot than regulating our food suppliers and energy companies.
As long as Republicans stay ensconced in the GOP echo chamber of Fox News and their Republican pollsters, they’ll continue to have an over-inflated sense of rightness when it comes to what the American people really think. Fox News may be the most watched cable news channel, but it’s still seen by less than 1 percent of the population.