Health Care Reform Is Not America’s Top Priority
posted at 11:37 am on September 10, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
Barack Obama has made health care reform a make-or-break issue for this presidency, which is why he’s spent much of his time in office and tens of thousands of words promoting his reform agenda. But is this how Americans want their president to be spending his time? Is health care reform as vital to them as it is to him?
Not judging by the latest Rasmussen polls. When ranked in terms of its importance to the country, health care ranked third, after the economy and government ethics/corruption. Eighty-six percent of respondents identified the economy as the top issue, 80% government ethics/corruption, and 72% health care.
Obama has of course made the case that reforming health care will revive the economy, but no one is buying that. The plan currently the most attention in Congress, HR 3200, wouldn’t even take effect until 2013, putting the lie to the claim that it will help the economy recover.
To back out of the health care debate now, after investing so much effort, would most likely derail Obama’s presidency. But with the unemployment rate reaching a 26-year high, turning his back on the growing unrest and uncertainty Americans feel toward the economy can’t help much either.
Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions