Navigation Links
Prospective voters and the new health care law
Date:10/27/2010

Boston, MA A comprehensive review of national opinion polls, including newly released data, shows that those who say they intend to vote for a Democratic congressional candidate in 2010 and those who say they intend to vote for a Republican in their district hold starkly different views of what they want the future of health reform legislation to be, mirroring the divide between Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress on this issue.

Nearly three-fourths (73%) of registered voters who say they intend to vote for a Democratic candidate favor the health care legislation passed earlier this year. In contrast, 80% of those who say they intend to vote for a Republican candidate oppose the legislation.

Voters for the two parties' candidates also have completely different views about what effect the health care law will have on the nation's economy. Nearly half (48%) of registered voters who say they intend to vote for a Democratic candidate believe the law will not make much difference to the economy; more think the nation's economy will be better off than worse off (39% to 9%) because of the law. In contrast, three-fourths (75%) of those who say they intend to vote for a Republican candidate believe that the nation's economy will be worse off because of the health care law.

Nearly half (47%) of registered voters who say they intend to vote for a Democratic candidate want Congress to make changes in the health care law to increase government's role, and one-fourth (27%) want to implement the law as it is. Of those who say they intend to vote for a Republican candidate, an overwhelming majority (71%) prefer repealing and replacing most of the law's major provisions.

The analysis, by the Harvard School of Public Health's Robert J. Blendon, Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, and Research Scientist John M. Benson appears Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 as an Online First Perspective on the website of the New England Journal of Medicine (www.nejm.org). This is the fourth in a series of such Perspective articles by the authors examining the public's views about the health care reform debate.

"The significance of this election for health care is that although the national reform law has been enacted, most of its provisions do not take effect for years into the future, and some of these could be altered by the next Congress," said Blendon. "The polling results suggest that on the eve of the 2010 Congressional election, there is considerable political uncertainty about the future of the health care law based on the outcome of the election."

The 2010 Congressional elections occur at a time when the public is divided in its views about the health care law** passed earlier this year. On the one hand, many of the elements of the law are highly popular. On the other hand, many believe that the law will have a harmful effect on the nation's economy, the federal budget deficit, and the taxes people pay. These beliefs about the future may or may not be accurate, but they are the ones the public holds just prior to the election. They are important because of the high priority potential voters in the 2010 election place on the nation's economy, the federal budget deficit, and taxes as voting issues.


'/>"/>

Contact: Todd Datz
tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu
617-998-8819
Harvard School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Prospective Healthcare Workers: Fully Accredited Healthcare Degree Programs Are Now Offered Through OnlineEducation.com
2. Mental Health Issues Differ for U.S. Male, Female Vets
3. Healthy Living Can Prevent Nearly 25% of Colorectal Cancers
4. Wildlife health reporting tools may help prevent human illness
5. Communicating through interpreters -- a challenge for health care
6. Positive social traits trump bad health habits
7. UTHealth receives $11 million NIDA grant
8. Testing lifestyle changes to improve health for people with HIV infections
9. NIH Recovery Act awards enable crucial health research technologies
10. Tecnalia develops environment-friendly and health-friendly pest control products
11. New ratings of American hospitals released with quality study by HealthGrades
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Women's ... , Roberta Jordan is a Certified Nurse Midwife who was born and raised ... then went on to complete her masters degree from the University of Mexico. ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Educational opportunities, and therefore life chances, ... communities providing richer opportunities. Recognizing the key role of housing in this system, ... school choice policies; (c) school desegregation policies; (d) wealth-focused policies; and (e) housing-focused ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Regenerative Medicine is being transformed by ongoing research and ... protocols and patient results as have been achieved with Okyanos Cell Therapy ... of care for patients worldwide. , As the Medical Advisory Chairman at Okyanos, Eric ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Backed by decades of experience, Metroloji Okulu ... the best suited solution to meet regulatory requirements. Their professional staff also performs ... Istanbul. , Metroloji Okulu specializes in MadgeTech’s line of medical and pharmaceutical ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... American Gene Technologies ... to its board of directors. Otterstatter is co-founder, president and CEO of ... technological innovations that lead to broad-based healthcare solutions. , “Jon knows how to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 ... beide primären Endpunkte und demonstriert ... in ‚ausgezeichneter plus guter , ...    ,      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130829/633895-a ... heute neue positive Daten von der MORA-Studie der ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... LAWRENCE, Mass. , May 24, 2016  NxStage ... medical technology company focused on advancing renal care, today ... Officer, plans to participate in the following schedule of ... will be made available at http://ir.nxstage.com/ . ... Jefferies Healthcare Conference NY, NY           Friday, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 ... de doble terapia del mundo, introduce catéteres para ... OrbusNeich, una compañía global especializada en ... vidas, ha expandido su cartera incluyendo productos para ... JADE™ y Scoreflex™ PTA son los dispositivos de ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: