It’s not hard to understand why some supporters of the Democratic majority are in such a hurry to push through a massive health care reform bill before everyone has a chance to weigh in and gain some consensus. Rasmussen has finished yet another round of polling which indicates that a significant majority of Americans don’t really feel that we’re hovering in the range of third world nations when it comes to either coverage or care. (You can view the specific questions and percentages here.) I could bore you with yet more tea leave reading on this, but our friend Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has already done the heavy lifting. Take it away, Ed.
Rasmussen notes a partisan split among the respondents, but it’s not as stark as one might imagine. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans think the health care they receive now is good or excellent and 69% of independents agree — as do 66% of Democrats. When asked to rate the overall system rather than just their own care, all of the three give lower favorable ratings, but both Republicans and independents have majorities rating it as good or excellent. Even though two-thirds of Democrats rate their own care as good or excellent, 71% of Democrats want to change the system, which hints that quality of care may not be their primary motivation.
Interestingly, the satisfaction with their own personal care doesn’t show much difference by income levels, either. Fifty-eight percent of those making under $20,000 a year think their care is good or excellent, which goes up to 72% for those making between $20K-$40K, and continues to escalate through the various income levels. If 58% of the lowest-income Americans think they get good or excellent health care, why should we upend the entire system?
(Emphasis mine, particularly for the figures on independent voters, without whom the Democrats have absolutely zero future next fall.)
Once again we see Nancy Pelosi and company attempting to rush a trillion dollar plus package through, crashing toward yet another cliff, but Americans seem to be taking a pause to consider exactly what we have and, more importantly, what we may stand to lose. There is room for improvement, to be sure, and measured consideration by all factions of Congress can probably come up with something good. Or, we can do what has been the hallmark of this Congress thus far and try to jam something through before anyone notices the potential damage they are leaving in their wake.
If the Democrats don’t want to be a one term wonder crew yet again, they would be wise to listen to the people upon whom their jobs depend. This lemmings into the void approach is wearing very thin.