Distrust Over Health Care Reform Grows

The nation remains divided as the Supreme Court prepares its decision on the Affordable Care Act.With the U.S. Supreme Court due to rule this month on provisions of President Obama’s most important first-term legislation, Americans are increasingly concerned about the government’s role in health care. But they are more concerned about access and the cost of health care.

The latest research released this month — the Pew Research Center’s 2012 American Values Survey — shows 59 percent now say the government is too involved. Still, 82 percent agree the government needs to do more to make health care affordable and accessible, according to Pew.

Americans remain deeply divided, Pew says. In a survey released in April, 49 percent of the public disapproves of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, while 41 percent approve. “That’s little different from April 2010 — shortly after the law was enacted — when 44 percent said they disapproved and 40 percent said they approved.” 

CFM’s own research two years ago showed a majority of Oregon decision makers feared reform would have a negative impact on the country, their company or organization and the cost and quality of health care. The CFM survey was based on the opinions of more than 800 Oregon Business magazine subscribers

Pew says a majority of the American public disapproves of a key component of the law, which requires most individuals to be covered by health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty.

To no one’s surprise, Pew research shows the partisan divide on health care has grown sharper.  “Today, 88 percent of Republicans express concern about the government becoming too involved in health care; 37 percent of Democrats agree. This 51-point gap is the single largest partisan divide of the 79 items included in the values survey.”

Pew adds: “As Americans head to the polls this November, their values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Unlike in 1987, when this series of surveys began, the values gap between Republicans and Democrats is now greater than gender, age, race or class divides.”