53% of Americans believe that health reform is more important than ever to take on at this moment in U.S. history — a percentage that has eroded from a majority of 62% in October 2008 (pre-Presidential election). At the same time, those Americans who say that we can’t afford to take on health reform right now grew from 34% to 42% between October ’08 and August ’09.
According to the August 2009 Health Tracking Poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), the decline in support for health reform comes from “all parts of hte political spectrum,” with Independents’ support fairly evenly split 46 pro/49 con versus 54/42 last month.
Among Americans who want health reform “now,” 82% say they’re hopeful, and 70%, “optimistic.”
Health Populi’s Hot Points: The communications strategy implemented by the detractors of health reform is working well. The increase in the proportion of Americans who believe they’d be worse off with a reformed health system tripled since February 2009 — in a mere six months.