Friday, January 25, 2008

Tempering Health-Care Goals -

Tempering Health-Care Goals -
This Wall Street Journal article outlines the politics of this debate. A recent poll (seems to be a solid scientific one) one says :

Is there a doctor in the house?

Sixty-five percent of those polled said the United States should adopt universal health insurance that covers everyone under a program such as Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers. Fifty-four percent went where politicians dare not tread, saying they supported a "single-payer" health system whereby all Americans would get their health coverage from a single government plan financed by taxpayers.

The Associated Press-Yahoo News survey of 1,821 adults was conducted from Dec. 14-20, and had an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points. Included were interviews with 847 Democrats, for whom the margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3.4 points, and 655 Republicans, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 points. The poll was conducted on the Internet by Knowledge Networks.


The survey question:

Which comes closest to your view?

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%

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%

Refused / Not Answered 2%

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?

Yes 54%

No 44%

Refused / Not Answered 2%

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