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New Poll: Americans Still Confused by President Obama's Health Care Plan -- Siegel+Gale Survey Finds Dramatic Lack of Understanding of Basic Points in Plan, Even Among Democrats
Date:9/18/2009

f (44.7%) support the plan.

Fear of mounting deficit

Despite the President's statement that, "I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits, either now or in the future," only 16.5% of the public believes this. 12.8% believe it will add "a modest amount," and 36.1% believe it will add "a massive amount" to the deficit. Of those who watched the speech and claim to understand the proposal, 28.8% believe the plan will add a massive amount to the deficit.

Source of confusion: funding

While the President cited three sources of funding - savings from reforms, fees from insurance companies, and fees from large companies that don't offer health insurance to employees - there remains widespread confusion about how President Obama proposes to finance the plan. Despite the President's assurances, people think funding will come from the sources below:

    Source of funding                               President         Public

    Through higher health insurance premiums            No            11.0%

    Through higher taxes                                No            28.4%

    By increasing the Federal deficit                   No            25.3%

    Through savings from reforms to the
     health care system                                Yes            32.1%

    Through fees paid by insurance companies that
     sell expensive health insurance plans             Yes            20.2%

    Through fees paid by large companies that don't
     offer health insurance to their employees         Yes            26.7%

    Through reductions in Medicare benefits             No            18.7%

    Through special levies against wealthy
     individuals                                        No            19.6%

    I don't know                                                      40.1%

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