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Monday, January 11, 2010

Small Biz Health Care Daily: Nevada and Health Care Reform

The January 10 Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that support among voters in Nevada – home to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – for the health care reform measures being pushed by President Obama and congressional leaders continues to plummet.

• Only 35% support the effort, and 54% oppose.

• 77% expect tax increases will be needed to pay the costs of health care reform.

• 49% believe that reform will result in rationing of care, while 28% do not.

• In terms of the effect that reform would have on their insurance premiums, 45% expect larger than usual increases, 13% expect usual increases, 29% expect them to stay the same, and only 1% expect them to go down.

• As for their quality of health care, 50% expect a decline, 39% the same, and 6% said improve.

What about Senator Reid? Sixty percent disapprove of Reid’s efforts to get these health care measures passed.

The people of Nevada get it, that is, big government health care means higher costs, increased taxes, and diminished quality of care.

Raymond J. Keating
Chief Economist
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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