Betsi Fores reports for The Daily Caller, Oct. 1, 2012, that a new survey by Jackson & Coker — a division of Jackson Heathcare, the third largest health care staffing company in the United States — shows Mitt Romney with a commanding lead over B.S. Obama among doctors, with Obamacare helping to sway their votes.
If the election were held today, 55% of physicians reported they would vote for Romney while just 36% support Obama.
15% of respondents said they were switching their vote from Obama in 2008 to Romney in 2012. The top reasons cited for this change was
the Affordable Care Act Obamacare and the failure to address tort reform. Leadership style, failure to follow through on campaign promises, unemployment and the general state of the economy were also factors.
“Doctors are highly motivated this year to have their voice heard, particularly after passage of
the Affordable Care Act” Obamacare, said Sandy Garrett, president of Jackson & Coker. “No doubt, the health care law has stirred many passions in the medical community. Physicians say they want a President who will address their concerns about their ability to practice medicine.”
The survey found that physicians who support Romney are more likely to own their own practice or “who had a stake in their own practice”. Doctors who favor Obama are more likely to be women, or employed by hospitals or health systems.
55% of physicians said that they favored “repeal and replace” Obamacare, while 40% said “implement and improve”. A Gallup poll from July found that 46% of Americans feel Obamacare is more harmful than helpful to the economy; 36% responded the opposite.
Romney has said that he will work to repeal Obamacare on the first day of office.