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Consumer Reports Poll: Americans Demand Health Reform But Are Unsure About How to Achieve it
Date:2/5/2008

Health-care worries hit home, even among the most prosperous

YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new national survey published by Consumer Reports reveals a significant disconnect: Americans overwhelmingly support reforms (82%) that would ensure that all uninsured Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, and a large majority agree on six prescriptions for change, but when it comes to how those changes should be adopted, there is less consensus. CR's survey also paints a picture of an adult population -- including the most prosperous people -- that is worry-stricken about the rising cost of health care in America.

Americans Demand Reform But Aren't Sure What Needs Changing

The survey, from the Consumer Reports National Research Center, is highlighted in the March issue of Consumer Reports, available on newsstands and online at http://www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

"The survey data really surprised us because there was overwhelming agreement about the need for health-care reform, punctuated by pessimism about rising costs, regardless of age, gender, political orientation, or family income. But when we asked more questions, like what's the best way to achieve reform, we quickly uncovered a problem: Americans are more divided about how a reformed health system should work," said Nancy Metcalf, senior project editor at Consumer Reports.

Six Prescriptions for Change

Among the 1,200 American adults who responded to the CR telephone poll, more than 80 percent said that a reformed system should guarantee the following: coverage for all uninsured children; protection against financial ruin due to a major illness or accident; the ability to obtain coverage regardless of a pre-existing condition; coverage that continues even when people are laid off, changing jobs, or starting their own business; premiums, deductibles, and
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