by John Hawkins | April 11, 2008 5:00 am
The American people are not particularly happy with our current health care system, but happily, they’re also opposed to the system of socialized medicine that Obama and Hillary and proposing.
The latest polling numbers from Rasmussen polling bear this out,
Twenty-nine percent (29%) of American adults favor a national health insurance program overseen by the Federal Government. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% oppose such a government-led initiative while 31% are not sure.
The survey also found that 46% believe the quality of care would decrease under a national health insurance program while 16% believe that quality would increase. Twenty percent (20%) say the quality of care would remain about the same while 18% are not sure.
At the same time, 42% believe the cost of health care would increase while 25% would expect prices to go down.
While opposing a national program overseen by the federal government, Americans support requiring companies to provide health insurance for their employees. Sixty-three percent (63%) favor such a requirement while 24% are opposed.
An earlier survey found that just 31% rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent.
Socialized medicine is to the liberals what a Flat/Fair Tax is to conservatives: an idea that strongly resonates with the base, but an idea that is also too radical for the American people.
However, the liberals’ failure on socialized medicine is our opportunity. That’s because conservatives do have ideas that will cover far more people, cut significantly into the costs of health care, and yet, are far less radical than socializing health care.
For example, we should give tax breaks to individuals for health care instead of companies, so that when you lose your job, you don’t lose your health care. We should also allow insurance companies from all over the country to compete to sell insurance in every state. Streamlining the regulations that make bringing a new drug to market so slow and expensive would he helpful. Getting rid of the illegals coming into this country would save billions and getting the lawyers under control with tort reform would also trim the cost of defensive medicine significantly. Medical savings accounts are also an excellent idea.
Conservatives have much better ideas on health care than libs do and given how important this issue is to the American people, we need to spend a lot more time talking about those ideas.
Hat tip to The QandO Blog for the story.
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