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Poll: Americans prefer previous health care system, have less confidence in government

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Due to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, a plurality of Americans now have less confidence in the federal government's ability to solve problems and want to return to the previous health care system, according to a new Reason-Rupe poll.

While defending his signature legislation, President Obama said “we’re not going back” to the health care system that existed before Obamacare — but the American people would actually prefer that system.

Fifty-five percent of Americans would prefer to go back to old health care system, compared to just 34 percent who prefer the current system under Obamacare. Moreover, 53 percent have an unfavorable view of the health care law, and 41 percent have a favorable view, including just 15 percent who have a “very favorable” view.

Seventy-three percent of Americans now believe that Congress doesn't understand the health care system or the impact of the laws they've passed, including 48 percent who believe members of Congress understand the system “not at all well.”

The fallout from Obamacare has made Americans less confident in the government's ability to solve problems as well, with 47 percent losing confidence and just 11 percent gaining confidence.

The health care law rollout has also affected how Americans view the federal government, with 52 percent now disagreeing with Obama on the proper size and power of the government. Fifty-four percent now believe that the government in general is a “burdensome part of society that impedes the ability of people to improve their lives.”

The poll of 1,011 adults was conducted from December 4–8. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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