On Health Care, Americans Trust Obama And Dems Far More Than GOP: Poll

07/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When it comes to reforming the U.S. health care system, Americans are more confident in Barack Obama (58%) and Congressional Democrats (42%) than Congressional Republicans (34%), according to a Gallup Poll released today.

Of the eight prominent health care actors, Republicans are least trusted, behind even insurance companies, who have garnered 35% of the nation's trust.

According to the study, doctors hold the confidence vote by a notable margin, winning over 73% of Americans, ahead of health care professors and researchers, at 62%.


The results come two days after President Obama delivered a major speech to the American Medical Association, pitching his reform agenda. The AMA, an influential lobby comprising of doctors, has thus far been hesitant to support the president's public health care alternative.

Also today, Republicans in Congress released their counter-proposal to the Democratic health care plan. As reported by Roll Call, it's pretty thin:

House Republicans presented a four-page outline of their health care reform plan Wednesday but said they didn't know yet how much it would cost, how they would pay for it and how many of the nearly 50 million Americans without insurance would be covered by it. [...]

Republicans who stayed at the press conference to answer questions -- the leaders made statements but didn't stay -- could not answer whether their plan would include a tax increase to pay for such costly items as refundable tax credits for low- and middle-income workers to help pay for insurance.

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