Most Americans fear having to switch insurance under Obamacare

While most Americans are happy with their insurance, they are now fearful they will have to switch under Obamacare, a new Rasmussen poll has found:

As 2009 comes to an end, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of those with insurance fear that passage of the plan now working its way through Congress could force them to change coverage. That figure includes 28% who say it’s Very Likely they would be forced to change coverage and 24% who say it’s Somewhat Likely.

Despite many efforts to counter that concern, including comments directly from President Obama, there has been hardly any change in the public's view since the health care debate began in earnest. In June, 53% said it was at least somewhat likely that their own health insurance would change if the reform plan passes.

Those fears may be warranted. From Michael Cannon at Cato:

Compulsory health insurance could require nearly 100 million Americans to switch to a more expensive health plan and would therefore violate President Barack Obama's pledge to let people keep their current health insurance. In particular, the legislation before Congress could eliminate many or all health savings account plans. Making health insurance compulsory would also spark an unnecessary fight over abortion and would enable government to ration care to those with private health insurance.

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