Poll: Twice as many say do more on health reform

A new Associated Press health care poll found that those who think the government shouldn’t be in the health care business are out numbered (two-to-one) by those who say that health reform didn’t go far enough.

The AP poll conducted through interviews with 1,251 adults nationwide between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 had a margin of error of 3.9 percent.

Opponents of the new health law out numbered those who favored it by 10 percentage point 40 percent to 30 percent with 30 percent remaining undecided, according to the AP.

According to the AP “The poll found that four in 10 adults think the new law did not go far enough to change the health care system. … On the other side, about one in five say they oppose the law because the federal government should not be involved in health care at all.”

The health law has elicited strong feelings from those on both sides. Brian Braley, 49, or Mesa, AZ told the AP “It’s a communist socialist scheme.”

On the other side Tom Gergel, 45, of West Chester, Pa. doesn’t think the law goes far enough to extend coverage. He told the AP: “We have the best health care in the world for those who can afford to pay for it, but it doesn’t work for everyone.”

Check out the full story from the AP here.

Also in Check Up Friday, guest blogger Robert Field examines the lessons from Massachusetts for health reform, Call it Romneycare and Field's discussion of the impact of Obamacare on all of us.

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