Most Americans Happy with Health Care they Have Now
3:30 PM, Nov 23, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
There's nothing like the yellow, dying grass on the other side of the fence to make you appreciate what you already have. In that spirit, and with the prospect of Obamacare looming, a new Gallup poll shows that fully 40 percent of Americans now rate their health care as "excellent," the highest tally registered by Gallup in the past decade. And by a margin of greater than 5 to 1 (82 to 16 percent) Americans now rate their health care as "excellent" or "good" rather than "fair" or "poor" (with only 4 percent describing their care as "poor").
Of particular note, 87 percent of Americans who have private health insurance and make between $30,000 and $74,999 rate their health care as "excellent" or "good." In that same income range, 58 percent of Americans without health insurance also rate their health care as "excellent" or "good." These numbers beg the question: At a time of escalating federal spending and debt, why did the Democrats pass a massive expansion of federal power in the form of a dramatic overhaul of our health care system when, among the middle class, almost 90 percent of those with health insurance, and almost 60 percent of those without health insurance, already like their health care?
Moreover, and perhaps most strikingly of all, Gallup notes that even 50 percent of Americans who make less than $30,000 and don't have health insurance rate their health care as "excellent" or "good."
Gallup summarizes its findings by observing that "the majority of Americans, including those without health insurance, appear content with the quality of care they receive, suggesting there is much to be preserved in the current system," while adding that "it is important to bear in mind" such facts.
This is certainly a far cry from the appraisal of the current health care system being offered by President Obama and his allies. And none of this is to say that the only choice is between Obamacare and the pre-Obamacare status quo. Rather, incremental and commonsense reforms would make the current system even better and more affordable, making Obamacare look even worse than it already does.
No wonder the latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that Americans support the repeal of Obamacare by a margin of almost 20 percentage points (57 to 39 percent), while independents support repeal by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 (63 to 34 percent).
Recent Blog Posts