(CNSNews.com) - Nearly two out of three Americans polled are in favor of repealing the health-care bill that Congress passed in March according to a recent Rasmussen Report.
Down three points from last week, this is the second straight week the polling company has found support at or above 60 percent for a repeal of the bill that will reform the national health care system
Rasmussen asked likely voters: “A proposal has been made to repeal the health care bill and stop it from going into effect. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a proposal to repeal the health care bill?”
Forty-five (45) percent of Americans strongly favor the proposed repeal and 15 percent somewhat favor it -- while 27 percent strongly oppose a repeal and 9 percent somewhat oppose it.
Robert Moffitt, director for the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., told CNSNews.com that he doesn’t find the poll result surprising.
“I don’t think this law ever had support,” Moffitt said. “The reason why this (law) has become increasingly unpopular is because the president and the congressional leadership have lost public trust on this issue.”
He added: “One of the things that’s stunning about this development was that this was one of the few times in the history of the Congress where Congress basically went out of its way to repudiate the opinion of the vast majority.”
Passed on March 21, the health-care law has a timetable to begin changing the current system that spans at least eight years. Given the time span for implementation, Moffitt foresees health care at the epicenter of debate for years to come.
“It’s never going to be over,” Moffitt said, “but the implementation is going to stretch over eight years. That is eight years of controversy. The debate is really just the beginning.”
Rasmussen found that 76 percent of Americans believe the cost of care will go up and 70 percent believe the quality of care will go down.
“If you look at what was promised and what is being delivered, there is a gap as wide as the Grand Canyon,” Moffitt said. “I don’t think there is any question about it, (health care quality) will decline.”
The Rasmussen Report also said 79 percent of mainstream Americans believe the bill will increase the federal deficit.
Moffitt has no doubt an increase will happen.
“I think the deficit will increase. I don’t see how you can add 1 trillion dollars in additional spending and add two new entitlement programs and cut spending,” Moffitt said. “If you think that arrangement will result in a decrease in the deficit… you are expecting the unexpected.”
Dr. Jane Orient, executive director for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, said the Affordable Health Care for Americans Act will result in “scarcer” health care for citizens and will “attempt to substitute for physicians with lesser trained personnel.”
“(The new regulations will) put handcuffs on people,” Orient said. “The uncertainty of what the regulations are going to be is bad because how can anyone plan without knowing whether or not what they are doing will be illegal in a couple of years?”
Orient said the regulations will “devour physicians’ time” and “punish physicians for innovation.”
As hostility builds, anti-reform citizens are calling on their representatives to halt the transition to nationwide health care.
Moffitt said the first step of ending the reformation of the health care system is to deny funding.
“The first thing that has to be done is that Congress has got to cut the funding off to prevent the assembly of the bureaucracy to enforce this monster,” Moffitt said.
The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters on May 28-29 with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points a 95 percent level of confidence.