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  •  2 out of 3 Americans support REAL REFORM (1+ / 0-)
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    Both sides are trying to manipulate the data to push their agendas,  but the truth is, 2 out of 3 Americans only support one kind of reform and that is Medicare for All...

       Table 1: Polls indicating majority support for single-payer

       .....................................................................For single-payer........Opposed to single-payer

       General public: Polls in which support is 60 percent or higher

       Harvard University/Harris (1988)(a)........................61%..............not asked
       LA Times (1990)(b)....................................................66%.............not asked
       Wall Street Journal-NBC (1991)(c)............................69%................20%
       Wash Post-ABC News (2003)(d)................................62%.............not asked
       Civil Society Institute (2004)(e).................................67%.................27%
       AP-Yahoo (2007)(f).....................................................65%..............not asked
       Grove Insight (2009)(g).............................................64%.................28%
       Grove Insight (2009)(g).............................................60%.................27%

       General public: Polls in which support is below 60 percent

       AP-Yahoo (2007)(f).....................................................54%...................44%
       Kaiser Family Foundation (2009)(h)..........................58%...................38%
       Kaiser Family Foundation (2009)(h)..........................50%...................44%

       Doctors

       New Eng J Med (medical school faculty and students) (1999)
       .....................................................................................57%...... ..........not asked
       Arch Int Med (doctors) (2004)....................................64%................not asked
       Minnesota Med (doctors) (2007).................................64%................not asked

       (a) The question asked by the Harvard University/Harris poll was described in the Health Affairs article reporting the results as follows: "The majority of Americans (61 percent) state they would prefer the Canadian system of national health insurance where ‘the government pays most of the cost of health care for everyone out of taxes and the government sets all fees charged by hospitals and doctors....’" An analogous question posed to Canadians found that only 3 percent of Canadians said they would prefer the American system.

       (b) The question asked by the Los Angeles Times poll was: "In the Canadian system of national health insurance, the government pays most of the cost of health care out of taxes and the government sets all fees charged by doctors and hospitals. Under the Canadian system – which costs the taxpayers less than the American system – people can choose their own doctors and hospitals. On balance, would you prefer the Canadian system or the system we have here in the United States?" Sixty-six percent chose the Canadian system and 25 percent chose the US system.

       (c) The question asked by the Wall Street Journal-NBC poll was: "Do you favor or oppose the US having a universal government-paid health care system like they have in Canada?"

       (d) The Washington Post-ABC News poll asked: "Which would you prefer – (the current health insurance system in the United States, in which most people get their health insurance from private employers, but some people have no insurance); or (a universal health insurance program, in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that’s run by the government and financed by taxpayers?)" Thirty-three percent preferred the current system while 62 percent preferred the "universal system."

       (e) The Civil Society poll asked: "Other major nations, such as Canada and England, guarantee their citizens health insurance on the job, through government programs, or via a nonprofit source. Would it be a good or bad idea for the United States to adopt the same approach to providing health care to everyone?"

       (f)The AP-Yahoo poll asked two questions. One asked respondents which of these two proposals they agreed with: (1) "The United States should adopt a universal health insurance program in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers" (65 percent chose this option); (2) "The United States should continue the current health insurance system in which most people get their health insurance from private employers, but some people have no insurance" (34 percent chose this option). The second question was: "Do you consider yourself a supporter of a single-payer health care system, that is a national health plan financed by taxpayers in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan, or not?" (54 percent said they were supporters of single-payer and 44 percent said they were opposed).

       (g) The Grove Insight poll asked two questions. One asked: "Federal leaders are considering expanding Medicare to all Americans, so that people have another option besides private health insurance or an HMO. Do you favor or oppose the creation of this type of public health plan option?" (64 percent said they favor this proposal). A very similar question was asked which differed from the first by including information on the financing mechanism: "There is proposed federal legislation that gives any American, regardless of age, the option of joining the Medicare program. Americans who choose this option would share the cost of the coverage with their employer through increased Medicare payroll deductions, instead of paying private health insurance premiums. Do you favor or oppose this legislation?" (60 percent favored it and 27 percent opposed it). Both questions, especially the second one, imply private insurers will continue to exist alongside a Medicare program open to all. But the questions are so similar to questions that clearly ask about Medicare-for-all systems that I decided to include them here.

       (h) The Kaiser Family Foundation poll asked: "Now I’m going to read you some different ways to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance. As I read each one, please tell me whether you would favor it or oppose it.?" This was followed by eight proposals which, with the exception of the question about the "public option," were asked in a random order (the "option" question was always asked at the end). Two of these questions asked about single-payer. The first read: "Having a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded, universal form of Medicare-for all." Fifty-eight percent said they favored this proposal while 38 percent said they opposed. The second read: "Having a national health plan – or single-payer plan – in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan." Only 50 percent favored this proposal while 44 percent opposed.

       For sources see Table 2 below.

    Single Payer Works! Its been proven, in nation after nation, to work.

    by Andiamo on Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 01:57:08 PM PST

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