Just two days after a late night passage of H.R. 3962- Affordable Health Care for America Act by 220-215 votes a new Gallup poll reveals that, Twenty-nine percent say they would advise their member of Congress to vote for a new health care bill this year. This comes after House Democrats say that a majority of Americans want their version of health care reform.
Fifty-four percent of the same polling group said that if the present legislation in the House passed it past it would make health care in America worse or not much difference than the present system in place. Further, Americans are more pessimistic than ever before on whether health care reform would positively affect their lives. Only twenty-six percent say that heath care reform will make their lives better.
Having said that, views on health care reform remain highly partisan with those for reform: fifty-five percent are Democrats, twenty-two present Independents, and eight percent are Republicans. Those who are against are: eight percent Republican, forty-four percent Independents, and sixty-eight percent Republicans.
With passage of H.R. 3962 in the House, the debate moves to the Senate to be taken up sometime next week. Based on this Gallup poll it appears that most Americans are not convinced that a universal health care system would benefit themselves or others in the future.