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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: HRC Act Gaining Support

The latest ‘Public Opinion Snapshot‘ by TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira flags a new poll indicating that the health care reform law passed by Democrats is winning new friends. Writing in the Center for American Progress web pages, Teixeira explains:

The June Kaiser Health Care Tracking poll found that public favorability toward the bill has risen over the last month to 48 percent favorable and 41 percent unfavorable, which is up from 41 percent favorable and 44 percent unfavorable in May. This result is consistent with trends found in a number of other public polls.

And it’s not just the law as a whole; it’s most of the specific provisions that are overwhelmingly popular with respondents:

…The poll tests 17 different provisions in the new law, and 16 of 17 received majority support. In fact, 12 of the 17 provisions were supported above the 60 percent level, with particularly high favorability ratings for health insurance exchanges (87 percent), tax credits to small businesses (82 percent), and gradually closing the Medicare “doughnut hole” (81 percent).

Teixeira concludes that “unrealistic conservatives’ fantasies of a populist uprising to repeal the law” are looking far “off the mark,” if not delusional. Americans like the reform law and its measures as an important step towards health security for all.

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