Americans agree: nation's health care system needs fixing
This is encouraging. Now if our politicians could just get together!
"Regardless of party affiliation, nearly everyone wants to see the nation's health care system improved, and a majority want big changes. That includes people for whom the system is working well, and those who may be political opposites.
That's the big picture finding of a new Public Agenda/USA TODAY/Ipsos survey of Americans' attitudes on health care. The survey is part of the Hidden Common Ground 2020 Initiative, which seeks to explore areas of agreement on major issues facing the nation.
The survey removed politically charged language such as "Medicare for All" and "Obamacare" and simply explained the basics of health care approaches in an effort to capture voters' true opinions.
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Instead of saying "public option" . . . , pollsters asked respondents how strongly they agreed with the concept of a new federal health insurance program that gives people a new choice beyond the current private insurance market.
Any adult could buy into the program on a sliding scale, they were told, and 48% were in favor. A survey released last week by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found similar support, with the same percentage of Americans favoring such an option.
When described in general terms, 46% of respondents said they would support market-based plans and 45% could back Medicare for All-type plans.
Five goals were rated by more than 90% of those surveyed as very or somewhat important:
- making health care more affordable for ordinary Americans;
- lowering the cost of prescription drugs;
- making sure people with preexisting medical conditions can get affordable health insurance;
- covering long-term care for the elderly and disabled;]
- and making sure all communities have access to enough doctors and hospitals.
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. . . When queried on the specifics, respondents said they didn't want moving from state to state to make health care any more complicated.
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Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said most of all it's clear voters want something done about the prices they pay.
So we mostly agree--then why does nothing get done?
Guess we need to get rid of the politicians and their tag-alongs. The rest of America knows what it wants.
It's kind of like gun control or climate change reform: average Americans want some "controls" or "reforms" by wide majorities, but once the political types get involved, unanimity flies out the window!
The weakness of a "representative" democracy, I guess. It provides a loudspeaker for our disagreements.