by Ruy Teixeira
Consider these findings from a Gallup poll taken right after the House passed the Senate reform bill. In that poll, 49 percent said they thought it was a good thing that Congress passed a bill restructuring the nation’s health care system, compared to 40 percent who thought that was a bad thing. This plurality possibly reflects some individuals moving toward supporting the bill who previously had opposed it because it didn’t go far enough (about 10 to 15 percent of the public). This group, whose opposition to health care bills in Congress has stemmed from progressive rather than conservative priorities, is a plausible candidate for early increases in support generated by the new legislation.
Reflecting this judgment, 50 percent in the Gallup poll were either enthusiastic (15 percent) or pleased (35 percent) the House passed the health care bill, compared to 42 percent who said they were disappointed (23 percent) or angry (19 percent).