Polling Shows Americans Have a Deep Dislike of ObamaCare's Process, and the Substance

Almost 84 percent of Americans support reforms that would allow people to buy health insurance where it is the least expensive, such as across state lines. Nearly 80 percent of Americans support health care reforms that would let people buy less costly health plans and save and invest for health care needs in the future on a tax-free basis, while 84 percent would support health care reforms that would let people get lower premiums for getting or staying healthy.

When it comes to reducing costs in the long term, Americans are more favorable to innovation rather then government regulation or taxes. The national poll also found that most Americans do not support increasing Medicare payroll taxes for high wage earners (46 percent support, 47 percent oppose) or reducing what doctors and hospitals are paid for their services (45 percent support, 48 percent oppose).  In contrast, 8 in 10 Americans support the idea that more money should be invested in the development of cures for the most devastating diseases.

These findings are the most up-to-date and comprehensive measurement of public opinion on health care policy. They should remind our national leaders that the public is a lot wiser, and cares more about our democratic institutions, than the Democratic leaders arrogantly give us credit for. And it shows that the public does not support the proposed bill in total, or many of its parts. The public knows what the legislation will do, and does not believe, by huge margins, that government should be raising taxes, cutting Medicare, subsidizing people with insurance, or regulating access to care.

At the same time, the poll shows that people do support reforms, though not those included in the bill which may be sent to the president without a vote. The public’s view is best summed up by Ronald Reagan:

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

To the extent that the substance and process of health care reform violates this credo, legislators who support both do so without regard to the will or wishes of the American people.