Cost Is Foremost Healthcare Issue for Americans
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The Gallup poll out this morning shows that Americans still believe the Democrat health care plans will increase their health care costs (by two to one) and reduce the quality of their health care. And they believe their coverage will suffer and insurance company requirements will be more onerous than under current law. And this poll was taken after the President’s speech to Congress and after months of town halls and rallies, dozens of speeches and statements, and innumerable interviews on health care. On all four areas of concern (cost, quality, coverage, insurance company requirements), more Americans believe the health care proposals would make things worse than better—by significant margins:
- Americans are concerned about the cost of health care, but by nearly two to one, more believe the health care proposals before Congress will make costs worse (42) than better (22)
- In July, only 34 percent thought the proposals would increase their costs
- By 38-22, a plurality believes the "insurance company requirements" for coverage will get worse under the Democrats’ proposals.
- A third think quality will suffer while only 18 percent think it will improve.
- A third think their overall coverage will get worse; 22 percent think it will improve.