Raising Women’s Voices

Potential components of Obama Health Care Plan enjoy popularity

Posted in DC Reform by raisingwomensvoices on February 20, 2009

survey-pic2While President Obama’s blueprint for health care reform has yet to be laid out, a poll last week of 2,491 adults nationwide showed that half of those surveyed either “strongly” or “somewhat” support the direction the plan will take.

Key elements of Obama’s health care platform during the election elicited particularly favorable reactions in this online poll administered in late January.  78% of respondents said that allowing Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies was a “good idea.”  Additionally, six in ten surveyed were in favor of creating a “national health insurance exchange,” which would allow both employers and individuals to choose from an expanded pool of private plans.

Interestingly, support for the plan did not fluctuate significantly on the basis of income.  50% of people making $15,000 – $25,000 a year approved of the plan, compared to 51% of those making over $50,000.  Support for individual components, however, was split predictably along party lines.

Read full coverage of the poll here.

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