The Washington Post gets around to telling us the big secret about health-care “reform”:
Although polls have consistently shown that just over half of Americans think the health-care system is in need of reform, a substantial majority say they are satisfied with their own insurance and care. Any hope of change will require their support, according to experts and advocates across the ideological spectrum.
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“It’s a huge barrier,” said Robert J. Blendon, a professor of health-care policy and political analysis at Harvard University. He cited a Washington Post–ABC News poll of 1,001 adults in June that found that 83 percent were either “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with the care they receive and 81 percent felt the same way about their insurance. “These people have something to lose. If they think reform is going to actually make it worse for them, they get really scared.”
What is more, all the talk of revamping the system has essentially spooked these people. They might want health care to be more portable or more affordable but they might not be up for ObamaCare. And that goes for Obama supporters. The Post quotes an Obama supporter, Sharon Williams:
Williams, who participated in the Post–ABC poll, said she would not support plans that increased her insurance premiums substantially or limited her health-care choices.
“Obama says we will not be affected, but I’m not entirely sure I believe him,” she said during a telephone interview last week after a presidential news conference that was dominated by health-care reform. “What the average person gets out of this plan needs to be clarified a lot more.”
Williams is concerned that her employer could replace her current insurance with a public plan, offering less choice. The price tag for the plan also concerns her.
“The entire cost — trillions of dollars — is eventually going to fall on all of us, it has to,” she said. “And although the president says it won’t, I’m worried we’re not hearing the whole story.”
And that, again, is an Obama supporter. Imagine how the 47 percent of the electorate who didn’t vote for him feels. What is remarkable is the degree to which the Republican opposition, rather than Obama, is in sync with Williams and others who have insurance but who are freaked out by the prospect of ObamaCare. Higher cost, loss of the doctor-patient relationship, government-mandated rationing. That, after months of an Obama PR, is what has sunk in.