Shift In Public Sentiment On Obama’s Health Care Reform
A new AP-Gfk poll shows the public is moving toward a more favorable view of President Obama’s health care overhaul.
The results now: 45 percent in favor, 42 percent opposed. That’s a significant shift in public sentiment considering that opposition hit 50 percent after Obama signed the health plan into law in late March and that in May, supporters were outnumbered 39 percent to 46 percent.
The poll found support increased since May among men (from 36 percent to 46 percent), people in their prime working years (from 35 percent to 49 percent among 30-49 year-olds) and Republicans (from 8 percent to 17 percent.) The uptick among Republicans comes even as party leaders are calling for the law’s repeal.
Among the selling points: coverage for young adults on their parents’ plan until they turn 26; a $250 rebate check for older people with high prescription costs; tax credits for some small businesses that cover their employees; and federal money to train more primary care doctors and nurses.
The poll also shows that 51% believe Democrats do a better job on the health care issue, versus 38% for Republicans.Click here for reuse options!
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