According to a new Bloomberg poll, Americans reeeaaalllllly don’t like what Paul Ryan and the Republicans want to do to Medicare:
By a margin of 57 percent to 34 percent, poll respondents say they would be worse off if Ryan’s plan to convert Medicare to a system of subsidized private health coverage were adopted. Fifty-eight percent of independents, a critical voting bloc in recent elections, say they would be worse off.
Pretty overwhelming that, by almost 2-to-1, Americans say they would be worse off if the Ryan Republican Medicare-Killing Scheme (TM) was adopted.
As a corollary, given that Ryan may have national ambitions, his scheme to kill Medicare hasn’t offered him a positive introduction to national voters:
Twenty-six percent of people view the Wisconsin lawmaker unfavorably while 23 percent see him favorably, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted June 17-20.
The only public figures in the survey with higher net unfavorable ratings than Ryan, who six months ago was known chiefly to his southeast Wisconsin constituents and health- policy experts, were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Wow, the only figures more unpopular than Ryan are the Presidential-campaign-imploding Gingrich and amateur historian Palin. Ouch.
The poll also asked about President Obama’s health care reform law:
President Barack Obama’s new health-care law gets a more favorable reaction. The poll of 1,000 adults found that 51 percent of all Americans say that while the law may need modification, it shouldn’t be repealed, and another 11 percent say it should be left alone. That compares with 35 percent who want the new law overturned.
Republicans and conservatives can take heart in that poll result given that the law was modeled after Republican Mitt Romney’s RomneyCare and that the centerpiece of the bill, the individual mandate, is a Republican idea most notably forwarded by Utah’s U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch.
Though it sounds like most independents are pretty cool with President Obama’s health care plan:
There is a strong partisan divide over whether the law should be repealed, with Democrats more unified than Republicans. Eighty-nine percent of Democrats say the law should stay in place, though most prefer some changes, while 64 percent of Republicans say it should be repealed. Sixty-one percent of independents support the plan, with most wanting modifications, while 35 percent oppose it.
It would make sense that Democrats across the country run in 2012 in part on Republicans’ support for Ryan’s unpopular Medicare-killing scheme. It certainly worked well for Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul over Republican loser Jane Corwin in a solidly Republican district in New York’s recent special election.