What 'we' really think about healthcare reform
It is getting a bit tiresome isn't it. Loads of propaganda from all sides as to what healthcare reform is and what we supposedly do and don't want.
Well, here is a good review of what our collective opinions appear to actually be. The following link (free, but may need registration) reviews the polling that has been done.
Of course no one individual has a collective opinion. Also, it is not a big surprise that we can't 'all' or even collectively be satisfied in a practical way.
As we examine these key issues, we see that three elements — requiring insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions, increasing taxes on people with higher incomes, and an employer mandate — have widespread public support. Introduction of a public plan as a competitor is supported in most polls, but respondents vary in their beliefs about how such a plan should function.
Probably also not helping things is our cognitively dissonant way in which we seek information these days, actively looking for news or news sources that enforces our beliefs rather than challenges them (and makes us think).
My own opinion is that reform is coming, with or without the system embracing it. The existing model is just too innefficient and of limited service for it not to be disrupted. We could get ahead of the disruption with policy, but we rarely do, so I expect the process will be painful. Lets hope that we at least don't stand in the way. So much of the arguments I hear against reform seem to be coming from those invested in maintaining a healthcare paradigm that will likely collapse anyway.
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