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New Research Suggests Most Are Willing to Make Tradeoffs and Would Embrace Comprehensive Health Care Reform
Date:8/6/2009

leaders can start with to begin building firmer support for change.
  • Use the public's terminology and framework. The report identifies some examples of terms where the public's assumptions and definitions differ from those of experts.
  • Sequence the conversation. People have to work through certain questions before they are ready to consider others. The report suggests a sequence of questions that leaders and others can use to structure the conversation in a way that allows them to come to firm judgment.
  • Consider the implications of the economic downturn. The economic downturn seems to make people more willing to consider hard choices and rethink expectations. At the same time, the abuses of public trust uncovered by the financial collapse have added to public skepticism and cynicism. The report cites the importance of transparency and two-way conversations.
  • KEY FINDINGS FROM VOICES FOR HEALTH CARE

    Americans increasingly support universal coverage once they understand that the current system already pays for the uninsured. On the issue of universal health care, researchers found that once participants learned that costs for covering the uninsured are already largely passed on to the public, they were more likely to see the practical and economic rationale for extending coverage to all Americans.

    Americans are open to revamping the health care model after examining the cost structure of the private system. Initially, most participants wanted to build upon the current health care system in developing a newer model. Many changed their position after learning the extent to which the private-insurance system diverts health care funding to marketing, overhead and profit and working through the complexity involved in a "shared responsibility" system. As a result, across all research groups, participant
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