Public support for a massive revamping of health care has been slipping as the effort has slowed.That's right. Failure: Massive. Epic. Fail.
With Congress heading off on August recess, opponents have the chance to mount local campaigns against the plans while lawmakers are home.
President Barack Obama had hoped to have sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation's health system in hand by the summer break. But the effort has been hindered by infighting among Democrats and his failure to effectively sell the plan to Americans.
See also, Scott Rasmussen, "Health Reform and the Polls":
For all the back and forth about the “public option,” Congressional Budget Office estimates and proposed tax hikes, the fundamentals are really what make health-care reform a hard sell to American voters. As members of Congress head home for the August recess, they should take a close look at some poll numbers before they attempt to pass any new legislation.See also, Daniel Henniger, "Why Obama May Fail If Obama Can’t Sell More Government, No One Can."
The most important fundamental is that 68% of American voters have health-insurance coverage they rate good or excellent. That number comes from polling conducted this past weekend of 1,000 likely voters. Most of these voters approach the health-care reform debate fearing that they have more to lose than to gain.
Adding to President Barack Obama’s challenge as he sells health-care reform to the public is the fact that most voters are skeptical about the government’s ability to do anything well. While the president says his plan will reduce costs, 53% believe it will have the opposite effect.
There’s also the reality that 74% of voters rate the quality of care they now receive as good or excellent. And 50% fear that if Congress passes health-care reform, it will lead to a decline in the quality of that care.
Advocates of health-care reform on Capitol Hill are up against something bigger than voters’ reactions to a variety of specific proposals. Our polling in February found that by a 2-1 margin, voters believe that no matter how bad things are Congress can always make matters worse. That’s one reason 78% believe passage of the current congressional health-care proposals is likely to mean higher taxes for the middle class.
More at Memeorandum. See especially, "Health Debate Turns Hostile at Town Hall Meetings."