Support for healthcare bill declines as Republicans intensify criticism
August 3, 2009 by Personal Liberty News Desk
As Congress heads off for summer recess, after having failed to debate the healthcare proposal, a new poll has found Americans are increasingly concerned about its final shape.
The New York Times/CBS News poll suggests people worry that overhauling the healthcare system will reduce the quality of care, increase health costs and tax bills and limit their options in choosing doctors and treatments, according to Dallas Morning News.
Specifically, a total of 69 percent have said a decline in quality will result from the government running a program that will provide universal coverage.
House minority leader John Boehner of Ohio appears to have understood the public sentiment when he said at a recent luncheon sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that "what was promised and what was delivered don’t add up and people are upset about it," quoted by PoliticsDaily.com.
He also said the bill, which is now scheduled to be debated in September, will "get shredded" because the more people learn about its provisions the less they will like it.
Similarly, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele has blasted President Obama for pushing a healthcare agenda that he believes will slow the economy, increase the deficit and make healthcare worse for those who already have insurance.