December 16th, 2009
09:50 AM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Health care reform will bring higher costs

Obama met with Senate Democrats Tuesday to discuss the health care bill.
Obama met with Senate Democrats Tuesday to discuss the health care bill.

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that Americans think the health care reform proposals moving through Congress would bring higher costs and a lower quality of care.

According to a ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday evening, 53 percent of the public see higher costs for themselves if the proposed changes become law than if the current health care system stays the same. The poll also indicates that only 37 percent say the quality of their health care would be better under the proposed changes.

The nearly one in five adults in the country that are currently without insurance are among those who presumably would gain the most from health care reform than includes an expansion of those covered. But the survey indicatates that those without insurance are divided on whether their health care would be better if the current system was reformed.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation nation survey released last week had similar findings, with 75 percent of people questioned saying the senate health care bill would not help their family. The poll also indicated that 85 percent of Americans think the bill, if it became law, would increase their taxes and nearly 8 in 10 say it would increase the country's budget deficit.

"Older Americans are least likely to think that a health care bill will help them personally," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Only 14 percent of senior citizens think they would be helped by the bill. Among people under 50, that rises to 26 percent."

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,003 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall sample.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. R

    The fear-factor from advertisements is working by design.

    December 16, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't believe that it will bring higher costs for most people since they have it through their employer. Will the employer pass it along, maybe some of the cost if it goes up.

    As for those that don't have it now, at least they will have a better way to get more health care insurance coverage. This is silly that we can't get everyone into some health care program.

    December 16, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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