January 26th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Half say start anew on health care bill

According to a new CNN poll, 48 percent of Americans want Congress to start anew on health care legislation.
According to a new CNN poll, 48 percent of Americans want Congress to start anew on health care legislation.

Washington (CNN) – Only three in ten Americans say they want Congress to pass legislation similar to the health care reform bills that have already been approved by the House and Senate, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates that nearly half the public, 48 percent, would like federal lawmakers to start work on an entirely new bill, and 21 percent feel Congress should stop working an any bills that would change the country's health care system.

Full results (pdf)

The survey's Tuesday release comes one week after Republican Scott Brown's victory in a special senate election in Massachusetts. The GOP win means once Brown is sworn in as a senator, the Democrats will lose their 60-seat supermajority in the chamber, making their chances of passing the current health care reform legislation extremely difficult.

"Opposition to health care legislation is highest among senior citizens," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Twenty-nine percent of people over 65 want Congress to stop working on health care completely, compared to 20 percent of people under the age of 50."

According to the poll, Americans are equally divided on whether Congress will pass a health care bill by the end of the year.

Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in the survey oppose the bills previously passed by the House and Senate, with 38 percent supporting that legislation.

Would a stripped-down version win more support from the public?

"Yes, but a majority would still oppose a bill that would increase regulations on health insurance companies but not increase the number of Americans with health coverage," says Holland. "Support for a bill that only deals with insurance companies rises to 47 percent, but 51 percent would oppose a bill like that."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted January 22-24, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN Polls • Health care
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Pass this bill, and fix it with reconciliation. Remember half the population has an IQ of 100 or less, so they will change their mind every day or so.

    January 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. liberal wingnut

    Whats wrong with gop market reform? Its free to tax payers. Wouldn't hurt to try.

    January 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Michael

    The problem is that every time that health care is re-evaluated, we get farther from what America needs: real high-quality affordable health care that puts the relief of human suffering before corporate profits.
    It is shameful that the assumption remains that for someone to receive medical attention, someone else needs to be getting rich.

    January 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Ken

    That's because this bill is a total mess written buy left wing Unions. St
    art over and simplify. It doesn't have to be over 2000 pages long!

    January 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. ted

    Regardless of what the Republidiots think, healthcare in this country is horrible. There are people who cannot afford it and those that are denied care (read rationing) and those that get jacked around by the insurance companies to get coverage (again read rationing).

    The Repubthugs would rather their buddies who run healthcare make millions in bonuses than worry about the unfortunate Americans.

    Let's have the Republicans think about the unfortunate millions of Americans that need help. Let's get the Party of NO, the Grand Obstructionist Party to realize that they are alienating voters by continuing to deny good and affordable healthcare to these millions.

    Let's all think bipartisanship.

    January 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Tristan

    So what's the problem? Lots of the people who most oppose it will be dead before the next election. And, aren't they the ones who already have free government health care? They must like it if they are so worried about change.

    January 26, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Marko

    Shame on Americans. We let George W. and his Republican thugs run this copuntry into the ground for eight years, but, we won't give President Obama a chance to straighten out their mess. Shame on Americans and what they truly stand for...ignorance.

    January 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Lilarose in Oregon

    Too late now!

    No health care bill! Let the sick die, too many people in the country anyway!

    Then there will be more of everything for the rest of us!

    January 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. pat in michigan

    yes for God's sake start over just remove preexisting conditions and don't tax us anymore or your out of a job.

    January 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. lisa

    Heathcare reform will never happen....Republicans will see to that.
    Look for insurance rates to sky-rocket and most everything will become "not covered" if you do happen to have the luxury of having health coverage. Too bad for us.....again!

    January 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Edwin

    "Would a stripped-down version win more support from the public?

    "Yes, but a majority would still oppose a bill that would increase regulations on health insurance companies but not increase the number of Americans with health coverage," says Holland. "Support for a bill that only deals with insurance companies rises to 47 percent, but 51 percent would oppose a bill like that.""

    Strange! If i believe this poll, Americans like to be reaped off by the insurance company, right? And we complain of high health care cost?

    Did the insurance company participate in the polling or is the Supreme Court's ruling already in effect?

    January 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    MA voters proved that even a centerfold can get elected if the majority of voters stay home.

    January 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Anon

    THERE MUST BE A PUBLIC OPTION TO REIGN IN THE CRIMINALS IN THE HOSPITAL AND INSURANCE INDUSTRIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES I'M SHOUTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. shmeckell

    Real health reform should start with 2 things: Protect citizens with preexisting conditions, and eliminate anti-trust exemptions.

    January 26, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Start Over

    There is no faith in the "bill" or this Congress, even Obama is losing our support.

    I say dump all of the above and move on.

    January 26, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Start over and simplify."

    More conservative double-speak. "It's 1/6th of the economy!!! Be very scared!!!!" But apparently, we can reform it with crayola on a napkin.

    That's right, just give it to Beohner with a stack of napkins. I'm pretty sure I saw that box of 96 crayons with the sharpener in back on his desk...you know which one I'm talking about...we all wanted one in grade school. Well, little Johnny is still braggin' about his. I think maybe he eats the orange ones tho, which would explain his complexion.

    January 26, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    After all the hard work performed by both Democrats and some Republicans, it would be a waste to start over – let's just get the health care reform bill passed. No one denies jobs and the economy are important – but so is health care. By putting in the money up front with cost benefits to follow, people and ultimately the economy benefit.

    We hear loud voices against health care reform – but they are not the only voices. Sick Americans, Americans with chronic illnesses and all their families who are financially devistated because of the high cost of health care or no health care – they also have a voice and need to be heard – support health care reform!!

    January 26, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Rob Stumpf

    Pass the bill even if the people don't want it! We know what's good for the masses!

    ...and, oh yeah. Let Freedom Ring!

    January 26, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Dominic

    I am a European (Dutch), and I watch this sad spectacle and can only shake my head in disbelief. Americans pay twice what every other country pays for health care, and yet their life expectancy is three years less! When you elected Obama, I thought you wanted your broken system fixed? I have read what's in both bills and each proposal makes sense to me. If one quarter of your population is without insurance, the other three quaters pay for it. What don't you understand?,

    January 26, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Steph

    I've worked every day of my life since I turned 16. I have a pre-existing condition, but I still get up every day and work very hard. I SHOULD not live in fear of being dropped by my insurance company when I need the services I've paid for my entire life...because my some idiots in DC want to score political points by lying to senior citizens and people too stupid to do their own research! Grow a pair and get health reform done!

    January 26, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Moderate

    Why start over? The Republicans will just stonewall it again. They will not allow any legislation to pass without standing in the way.

    Figures "right", the do nothing congress under bush wants it to be the same way now so the voters can't tell how they stopped progress in this country.

    Well we gave the chance to the Democrates and they were so busy fighting among each other they allowed these creeps to – well creep up and stand in the way.

    Sad

    January 26, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. North Branch, MN

    After all the hard work performed by both Democrats and some Republicans, it would be a waste to start over. Let's get a reform bill passed. No one denies jobs and the economy are important – but so is health care. By putting in the money up front with cost benefits to follow, people and ultimately the economy benefit.

    We hear loud voices against health care reform – but they are not the only voices. Sick Americans, Americans with chronic illnesses and their families financially ruined because of the high cost of health care – or no heath care coverage – we also have a voice. We need and support health care reform!!

    January 26, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Jim - Michigan

    November will show that the tax payer does not want to fund another entitlement for people who have made a living off of public assistance. There is nothing in the constitution that gives you these entitlements but there is something stating we all should be providing for the common good. Stop putting your hands in somebody elses pocket, get a job.

    January 26, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. JLM

    Start over is nothing but Republican stall tactics, so they can keep the status quo.

    January 26, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Whats wrong with gop market reform?"

    3+ decades of proof that their economic ideologies don't work (and common sense telling us that screaming them at the top of your lungs won't convince reality otherwise).

    January 26, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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