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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Majority Favors Middle Class Tax Cuts Over Obamacare


Most members of the Senate Finance Committee were relieved this week to find that their health care reform plan will cost under $900 billion over the next 10 years and is actually projected to bring the federal deficit down by $81 billion.

But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most voters continue to favor middle class tax cuts over spending more money for health care reform.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters say new spending for health care reform is more important. But 54% rate middle class tax cuts as the priority over more health care spending. Thirteen percent (13%) aren’t sure.

Despite assurances to the contrary, these numbers, according to Rasmussen, have stayed consistent since before Congress took their August break.

Another tidbit is that when a proposal was made to forbid any new taxes on people making less than $250,000 a year, the amendment was defeated in the Senate.

59 percent of voters are also opposed to paying more in taxes to provide universal healthcare.

More from Rasmussen:

It’s unclear what the impact on middle-class taxpayers will be from any health care reform bill that emerges from Congress, although the Senate Finance Committee bill, despite its price tag, is expected to leave more than 20 million Americans still uninsured by 2019.

However, 55% of voters oppose a provision already in the plan that requires young and healthy Americans to either buy health insurance or pay a $750 annual penalty for not having it.

The numbers speak for themselves.