New Poll Shows How Americans Really Feel About Health Care Reform

By Tracy Dingmann

In the debate over the recently-passed health care reform law, much of the media and political narrative has focused on the angry Americans who say they oppose the so-called government take-over of health care and the mandate that most Americans carry insurance by 2014.

But did you know that the number of people who think the law should have gone further outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care?

A New Poll Enlightens

An Associated Press poll conducted in early September by Stanford University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that overall, 30% favored the legislation, while 40% opposed it, and another 30% remained neutral. Sounds like most of the rest of the surveys we’ve heard about, right?

But here’s the twist. The survey also found that – regardless of whether they support the law, oppose it or remain neutral – about four in 10 adults think the new law did not go far enough to change the health care system, That’s compared with about one in five who say they oppose the law because they think the federal government should not be involved in health care at all.

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