Recently we sent you an email regarding the health care reform debate asking your opinion of the debate and the health care reform plans on the table. We received an astonishing 6,600 plus responses which plainly demonstrated your passion surrounding this issue.
We asked and you told us!
- The majority of respondents (93%) are taking an active role in the debate.
- 50% said they are staying informed by reviewing news reports and discussing the issue with family and friends.
- 34% are writing letters and voicing their opinion to members of Congress and the news media.
- Those that are not taking an active role, 6%, are doing so out of confusion, reporting that they simply cannot make heads or tails out of the debate.
- Only 1% said they are doing nothing.
The majority of respondents have significant concerns about the plans as they understand them, but the main concern is that there will be a denial of health care under the new bill or a limited amount of freedom to choose the kind of services or level of care that is provided. Many reported that they don’t want a full overhaul of the current system but do feel that there are some areas that need attention including preventive care, Medicare/Medicaid reform, insurance industry reform and drug and medical procedure pricing.
Some who voice a strong support for reform cite personal stories that they use to demonstrate why the strongly believe in universal health care coverage.
For those "Neutrals" the main comments are:
- They agree with some portions of the bill but are opposed to others.
- They feel reform is needed but aren’t sure the bill as it stands is the answer.
- They want to slow down the process so that all parties involved can get a complete understanding.
Some sample comments from Life Line Screening customers:
I don't have any issue with bike paths or public parks. But in my view, those are state issues, not federal issues. Of course, that is besides the fact that I am against any form of socialized medicine. As someone with relatives in Europe who have lived with a single-payer system their whole lives, I have seen how inefficient health care run by bureaucrats is.
I am happy with the health care my company provides for me. My fear is that the new health care will prevent me from receiving the medical care that's needed as we age. I believe we should be able to choose the care we need and not have any government demands forced on us. This is supposed to be the land of the FREE.
I'm for single-payer health care such as provided in most developed countries, with a big emphasis on wellness (including preventive measures such as Life Line Screening provides.) I want everyone covered from day one, with no exclusions for previous conditions and no tie-in to employers since that puts an unfair burden on smaller businesses. I want this dramatic change rather than tinkering with our "system" since American health ranks 27th worldwide but we spend way more than double the countries that rank in the top five. Our market driven system deals in insurance not health care. Big difference!
The plan needs to be explained better. We need a bi-partisan health care bill. It needs to be well planed, including the financing.
We appreciate your passion on this topic and appreciate everyone's comments. Thank you for taking the time to voice your opinions.
Life Line Screening understands the importance of preventive health care - one of several issues you feel needs more attention in the health care debate. That's why we continue to offer preventive health screenings at affordable rates.
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