Obama's Health Insurance Proposal Gets Mixed Reaction

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Health Insurance Reform

A slight majority of Americans support the reform of the healthy care system that aims to make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans, and which the president Barack Obama wants to go to Congress. However, people also fear that there will be an increase in health care spending, according to a poll releases Wednesday.

Nearly 51% of Americans say they are "favorable" to reform the health insurance system supported by Barack Obama and to which Congress has not yet given the green light. In contrast, 45% of respondents oppose the reform and 4% say they "do not know." These numbers came out from the poll that has been conducted between 26 to 28 June by the National Opinion Research Corporation and CNN from 1026, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

The 55% of respondents believe the U.S. health care system is in a "strong need" to be reformed. This is in light of 46 to 50 million people that live their lives without health insurance coverage and without access to affordable health care.


At the same time, a comfortable majority (54%) of Americans fear that, if approved by the Senate and House of Representatives, the reform will increase their health care spending. Only 26% believe that this is not the case.

The survey results will help the Republican position. The Republican congressional minority opposes to the redesign of the current health insurance system as proposed by Barack Obama. Some elected conservatives argue that the president's health insurance draft proposal could force private health insurance providers to file for bankruptcy.

The U.S. health care system rests largely on the private health insurance. However, it is not affordable for millions of individual and families. Nearly 46 million Americans lack any health insurance coverage. The centerpiece of the reform aims to offer health insurance to those who do not have it but can get it at affordable prices.

The President hopes that Congress may vote on his reform by the end of the year. If this were the case, Barack Obama would meet one of its main election promises: reforming the U.S. health care system.

Written by Armen Hareyan