The Public’s Not Missing the Legal Element in Health Care Debate

By August 11, 2009General

From the M4 Strategies polling and consulting firm, a news release, “New Poll Shows Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Think Government Health Care Will Cut Costs“:

In a poll of 1,001 U.S. residents conducted from July 24-27, when asked which would likely have a greater impact in reducing Americans’ health care costs, 45 percent opined national tort reform would be most effective and 16 percent stated they did not know. Only 40 percent were willing to say free health insurance for the poor would have the most impact. The survey has a 3.1% margin of error…[snip]

“It’s clear that Americans aren’t buying Obama’s claim that his health care plan will reduce long term health care costs,” said Chris St. Hilaire, President of M4 Strategies. “More people also believe that tort reform, which Obama opposes, is a better way to cut costs than what he’s proposing.”

Yes, there’s no client listed, cross-tabs or more methodological detail. But it’s clear the public recognizes liability reforms as a necessary element of health care reform.

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