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  • Health care or health scare?
    Eric Anderson, Principal and CEO
    Laura Giocomo, Associate
  • What does the public know about reform?
  • Where is the public learning about health care reform?
    Source: http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/upload/8127-F.pdf
  • Fact vs. Myth
    Source: http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8148.pdf
  • More myths
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    • Eric Patashnik, University of Virginia professor, breaks down the two greatest myths:
    That America currently has a private health care system
    That Americans “overwhelmingly despise the current health care system.”
    Source: www.virginia.edu.uvatoday
  • The “what’s in it for me?” mentality
    80 percent of Americans support universal health care coverage
    • However, they still have major concerns about how universal coverage could affect them
    • Higher taxes?
    • Increased health care costs?
    • Lower quality?
    • Longer wait time for treatment?
    Source: www.virginia.edu.uvatoday
  • A majority of the public disapproves of the Republican idea to cut off funding for health care reform
    • 55 percent of Americans disapprove of the plan to cut off funding to the new health care reforms
    • Yet 51 percent of Americans still disapprove of the original legislation
    • 21 percent think the new law will make the health care system better, while 23 percent think it will make the health care system worse
    Source: CBS News Poll, Feb, 2011
  • Divided public opinion on health care reform
    Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, Dec. 2010
  • Shifting opinions among seniors
    Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, Dec. 2010
  • Dislike law – but like components
    What should Congress do with the 2010 health care law?
    • 35 percent say Congress should change the law so it does more
    • 33 percent say that Congress should repeal it completely
    Do you think that Congress should repeal the portion that stops insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions?
    • 59 percent believe that this portion should remain in law
    • 36 percent believe that this portion should be repealed
    Source: McClatchy-Marist Poll, Nov. 2010
  • Dislike law – but like components
    Do you think that Congress should repeal the portion that allows children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance
    • 68 percent believe that this portion should remain in law
    • 29 percent believe this portion should be repealed
    Do you think that Congress should repeal the portion that closes the so-called donut hole in Medicare prescription drug coverage?
    • 57 percent believe that this portion should remain in law
    • 32 percent believe that this portion should be repealed
    Source: McClatchy-Marist Poll, Nov. 2010
  • What effect did health care have on 2010 election?
    • "Of all the factors that contributed to Republican gains in the congressional elections, the President's healthcare reform does not appear to have been the significant drag on Democratic candidates.”
    - Brad Woodhouse, Democratic National Committee communications director
    • "This election was a clear signal that voters do not want President Obama's health care plan.”
    - Bill McInturff, Republican pollster
    Source: Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2010
  • House efforts to defund federal health care law
    • The GOP wants to repeal health care reform
    • Obstacles to repealing federal health care reform:
    Democrats control the Senate and the White House
    Implementation funds were appropriated in the law itself
    • Possible repeal strategies:
    Enact legislation rescinding implementation funds
    Attach language to all budget bills that restricts funding to carry out health care reform
    Source: Washington Post, Feb. 18, 2011
  • The Colorado Politics of Health Care Reform
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    • Colorado’s congressional delegation split cleanly along party lines on H.R. 2 to repeal federal reform.
  • “Health care freedom acts” have mixed reviews
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    • Colorado voters rejected a measure to block federal health care reform (Amendment 63)
    • Voters approved health care freedom acts in three states:
    • Missouri
    • Arizona
    • Oklahoma
    Source: American Medical News, Nov. 2010
  • Constitutional?
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    • 65 percent of voters believe that it is unconstitutional to require
    Americans to buy health insurance
    • Virginia and Florida federal judges say that the health care reform act is not constitutional
    • Colorado Attorney General John Suthers joined a number of attorneys general in challenging the constitutionality of the
    individual insurance mandate
    Source: American Medical News, Nov. 2010, McClatchy-Marist Poll, Nov. 2010
  • How do we move forward?
    Source: Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, Dec. 2010