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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Small Biz Health Care Daily: By the Way, the People on Health Care Reform

As President Obama and congressional Democrats continue to relentlessly and recklessly push the nation further down the road of big government health care, it is worth taking a moment to see how this effort is doing among the people.

Rasmussen Reports released its latest numbers on health care reform favored by the President and Democratic leaders in Congress on November 2.

It turns out that 54% are opposed to the effort and 42% favor it. That’s quite a change from late June when 50% were in favor and 45% opposed.

For good measure, 55% expect the plan to increase costs (23% saying it would reduce costs), and 52% agreeing that it would hurt the quality of care (with only 27% expecting an improvement in care).

The sentiments of a majority of American voters are right on target in this case. The reality is that more government involvement inevitably will lead to increased costs and diminished quality of care. That’s always the case with more government. After all, what incentives exist in government for efficiency and excellence? None.

Raymond J. Keating
Chief Economist
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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