Latest Health Care Reform Poll
A new Gallup poll shows President Obama with a considerable edge over Congress, most notably Republicans in Congress. The GOP plan to defend and embrace the insurance industry probably wasn't the best of political strategies.
Americans remain more confident in the healthcare reform recommendations of President Obama (49%) than in the recommendations of the Democratic (37%) or Republican (32%) leaders in Congress. Doctors enjoy the strongest public confidence (77%), which seems relevant given the fact that the American Medical Association has endorsed the Democratic reform plan.
The GOP has successfully undermined the president on health care, but if Republicans think this debate has improved their standing, they're not paying attention.
Jonathan Chait from The New Republic asks the right question: "If there's an upsurge of popular opposition to the health care plan because it's too big, then why do 49% of Americans trust Obama to do the right thing on health care, and just 32% trust Republicans in Congress? If people are so repelled by Obamacare and big government, then why do they overwhelmingly trust him on this issue compared to the Republicans?"