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More Than Half of Americans Say Family Skimped on Medical Care Because of Cost in Past Year; Worries About Affordability and Availability of Care Rise
Date:2/24/2009

a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in President Obama "to do or recommend the right thing for health care reform," giving him a 12 percentage point lead over the next most trusted actor in health care reform. Following Obama on the list of trusted players are doctors' organizations (60%), Democratic leaders in Congress (57%) and AARP (57%).

When Americans hear policymakers talk about health care reform, they predominantly are thinking about cost and coverage. When asked what "health care reform" means to them, 40 percent of the public respond with a cost concern -- people paying less for care, care being more affordable or lowering the prices of medical goods such as prescription drugs. Just as many (39%) describe reform as providing insurance to more people or helping the uninsured. Quality or delivery system reform did not leap to the minds of Americans with only nine percent mentioning it in their responses.

Methodology

The survey was conducted February 3 through February 12, 2009, among a nationally representative random sample of 1,204 adults ages 18 and older. Telephone interviews conducted by landline (903) and cell phone (301, including 123 who had no landline telephone) were carried out in English and Spanish. The margin of sampling error for the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points. For results based on subgroups, the margin of sampling error is higher.

The full question wording, results, charts and a brief on the poll can be viewed online at http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/posr022509pkg.cfm.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible information, research and analysis on health issues.


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