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75% Think Health Care Law May Cost More Than Estimated

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Most voters still strongly feel that the health care reform law passed last year by Congress will cost more than projected.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the health care reform law will cost more than official estimates, with 57% who say it is Very Likely. Eighteen percent (18%) think it’s unlikely that the law will cost more than was estimated prior to its passage, but that includes just three percent (3%) who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

This is in line with expectations from last year just before Congress passed the law

Among those who have discussed the health care law with a doctor, nurse or other health care professional, 63% think it’s Very Likely the law will cost more than estimated. Forty-six percent (46%) of voters have discussed the new health care law with a health care professional.

Most voters continue to favor repeal of the health care law as they have since its passage, and a plurality (49%) think repeal is at least somewhat likely. Republicans who now control the House were expected to vote to repeal the law this week, but that vote has been delayed because of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords last weekend.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 7-8, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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