Obamacare, Mandates and Regulatory Confusion: Reason-Rupe Poll Results with Emily Ekins


A new finding by the Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey shows a majority of Americans dissatisfied with the health care law being debated in the Supreme Court while simultaneously confused about the role of government in current health care policy.

"About 40 percent [of Americans] thought it wasn't regulated enough," explains Reason Polling Director Emily Ekins. When it comes to health care reform, "it's hard to move forward if people aren't clear as to what the market currently looks like."

Reason.tv's Nick Gillespie sat down with Ekins to discuss the poll's findings, what Americans think about the current health care system, and the misconceptions surrounding regulation in the health care market.

The Reason-Rupe survey is online here.

This Reason Foundation project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation.

Shot by Jim Epstein and Meredith Bragg; edited by Joshua Swain. About 6.38 minutes.

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  1. You could ask if people would support ObamaCare if it meant slowly torturing fluffy little bunnies to death and still hit 20%.

    1. You could ask if people would support gambol lockdown if it meant an American Holocaust and still hit 80%.

      Hey, we're Americans. The most aggressive, violent city-Statists on the planet.

      1. "The most aggressive, violent city-Statists on the planet."

        So, by continuing to fuck with us endlessly, you are admitting to being an idiot. Got it.

        1. Just bring up how Godesky used "kindness" and "genocide" in the same sentence when discussing how to attain the great primitivist utopia, and he usually goes away.

  2. From the video interview, it appears when poll respondents stop to actually consider the possible/probably negative consequences of Obamacare, they tend not to blindly support it. If only there had been some discussion about this before or after the passage of the legislation.

    1. We had to pass it so we could discuss it.

  3. Watching Gillespie and Ekins talk, I keep expecting household appliances and teapots and stuff to start to dance and sing in the frame.

    Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride
    and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight.
    And now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a
    chair as the dining room proudly presents -
    your dinner!

    Be our guest! Be our guest!
    Put our service to the test
    Tie your napkin 'round your neck, cherie
    And we'll provide the rest

    1. Emily is a lovely young woman, how dare you imply she is a beast!

    2. Speaking of Disney... Is anyone else watching/hate-watching Once Upon a Time?

      1. I struggled through the first episode of that show, realizing it was terrible almost immediately but giving it a chance anyway. Total garbage.

        1. Yeah... Snow White and Cameron are hot, but that's it.

          1. One thing I did think was weird was what a strong resemblance there was between the main character and her "mom," Snow White.

        2. Apparently, quite a few viewers don't agree with you.

    3. yea, I got that "See Emily Play" psychedelic thing also.

  4. Videos of Ekins almost makes up for the lack of alt-text in her articles.

    1. Yup.

  5. Important questions: if Ms. Ekins going on the Reason Alaska cruise and, if so, where do I register?

  6. Makes you want drink yourself into a stupor, doesn't it? About half of Americans actually believe in this shit.

    Drink! Drink again! Drink some more, and don't stop!

  7. ? Universal KOCH industries pollution is good.
    ? Universal birth defects from pollution are good.
    ? Universal asthma opportunities are good.

    But universal health care for the victims is bad.

    Good and bad are measured by how many dollars are in my pocket.


    1. too bad health insurance do not equals health care.

      You have got to be the most willfully ignorant dick this side of the Mississippi river.

      1. No, he just thinks genocide is a kindness.

    2. Please ignore this troll thread by Mary STACK, including any attempts at defamation via impersonation.

    1. The above post has probably been made by rather, a person who impersonates others. Posting identities include Tony, shrike, o3, and Mary STACK.

      Do not reply to posts made by rather. If a regular thread participant appears to be engaging in out-of-character behaviour, such as incitement to commit illegal acts of harassment, the participant is most likely being impersonated by rather. Known victims of this defamation include John, sloopyinca, and Res Publica Americana.

      Other characteristics of postings by this person debating in bad faith, using inciteful language, and unusually frequent posting volume regardless of time of day.

      Thank you for your cooperation.

  8. What on earth is going on here? Where is Jacket's Jacket? And why is he wearing a shirt with shoulderboards?

  9. The Jacket had to be left off camera because it kept trying to grab the interviewee.

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