Quality of Healthcare Going Down Say Voters


About 70 percent of likely voters rate the quality of the health care they receive as good or excellent, down one point since January, according to a recent Rasmussen poll. While that might seem “not so bad,” that is the lowest level in two and a half years of polling. This number should be relatively good for limited government activists, however it is coupled with another statistic that is rather worrisome.

About 38 percent of respondents on this poll stated that they are for a single-payer system for health care. More disturbing is that 64 percent of those voters feel that more government involvement in health care would be a good thing.

Now that everyone is really scared, the silver-lining remains that a majority (51%) believe that Obamacare will make health care in America worse, and support for less government involvement in health care (44%) still outpaces support for a single-payer system.

Yes, this means that more Americans are thinking that less government would be a good thing, however this trend is starting to flatline a bit. One big reason for this is the lack of a concrete proposal from Republicans to replace Obamacare. Repeal is simply not going to be enough, if only because of the few items under the new law that are extremely popular, like keeping children on parental policies until age 26, and protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Since Hillary Clinton started dabbling in health care by attempting to promote a program of her own during her husband’s presidency, this could be an important issue in the upcoming election. As for how to draw more support for less government in health care, perhaps the route could be as simple as removing minimum coverage requirements, opening interstate trade of policies, and encouraging insurers to offer a la carte options for coverage of contentious items like birth control and abortions.

No matter what, while the number of Americans that believe that Obamacare will do harm to our health care system is still increasing, support for single-payer - arguably what Obamacare was meant to be a baby step toward - remains a little too high for comfort. With the election on the horizon, this is the time to make it clear that support for a presidential candidate will be attached at least a little to whether or not the individual is offering a reasonable replacement for Obamacare.

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