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A Triple Crown of Failed Health Care Reform

3:09 PM, Jun 6, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that Americans think Obamacare would achieve a sort of triple crown of failed health care reform: It would increase nationwide health costs, increase federal deficits, and reduce the quality of Americans’ health care. By a margin of more than 2 to 1 (48 to 20 percent), likely voters think Obamacare would reduce, rather than improve, the quality of health care. By a margin of more than 3 to 1 (53 to 15 percent), they think it would raise, rather than lower, health costs. By a margin of 4 to 1 (56 to 14 percent), they think it would raise, rather than lower, deficits. 

Horse race

Given these results, it’s not at all surprising that Americans overwhelmingly support Obamacare’s repeal. Likely voters as a whole support repeal by a margin of 15 points (54 to 39 percent). Independents support repeal by a margin of 19 points (56 to 37 percent). Among both independents and likely voters as a whole, more people “strongly” support repeal than even “somewhat” oppose it.  Only about one in three Americans (34 percent) thinks Obamacare would be “good for the country.” Both sexes, every age group, and every income group, supports repeal. 

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