As Democrats ponder the uncertain future of their healthcare overhaul plan, a new poll has found that public support for the current reform proposal may be eroding.
The Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll, conducted Feb. 3-5, suggests that although half of all Americans want some form of healthcare reform in the next two years, almost 40 percent do not want the legislation sponsored by the Democrats and the White House to form the basis for that reform, according to HealthDay.
John C. Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas said the results point to the American people’s loss of confidence in Congress and the White House.
"They’ve been soured on this," he said, quoted by the news source, adding that there was too much focus on the painful aspects of the reform—such as how to pay for it, whose taxes to raise and what benefits to cut—than on what people would gain from it.
Following last month’s surprise win of Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in a special Senate election, which led to the Democrat’s loss of a filibuster-proof majority, the party’s leadership decided not to proceed with the current healthcare bill but to reopen negotiations with the GOP.
However, the two sides have not yet come to an agreement on whether to begin from scratch or try to rework the bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last December.