Obama Loses Ground With Public on Health Care

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New York Times/CBS News Poll: “President Obama’s ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray the effort as a government-takeover that could limit Americans’ ability to chose their doctor and course of treatment, according to the latest.”

“Obama continues to benefit from strong support for the basic goal of revamping the health care system, and he is seen as far more likely than Congressional Republicans to have the best ideas to accomplish that. But reflecting a problem that has afflicted attempts to bring major changes to health care for decades, Americans expressed considerable unease about what the result would mean for them on an individual basis.”

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll: “Despite his public-relations blitz over the past two weeks to promote his plans to reform the nation’s health-care system — including holding two town halls on Wednesday — President Obama has lost ground on this issue with the American public.”

“Pluralities now say that the president’s health care plan is a bad idea, and that it will result in the quality of their care getting worse. What’s more, just four in 10 approve of his handling on the issue.”
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