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Six In 10 Americans Support Opening Medicare as a "Public Option" to the Private Insurance Market; Public Willing to Pay Through Payroll Deductions
Date:2/12/2009

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President Obama has proposed giving Americans a "public option" to the private insurance market as a candidate but has not defined that option. Consumer Watchdog said President Obama should take the popularity of the idea of opening Medicare to any American regardless of age when choosing a point person to lead the White House's health care efforts. Read more about the "Open Medicare" option at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/obamacare and a commentary on the topic at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/articles/?storyId=24426&index=11&topicId=9872

The Poll also found:

* Government Providers Are Viewed More Favorably Than Private Insurers. Both federal Medicaid (44% favorable, 15% unfavorable) and Medicare (41% favorable, 20% unfavorable) are held in higher esteem than insurance companies (29% favorable, 38% unfavorable) or HMO's (36% favorable, 32% unfavorable).

* The Tide Appears to Be Shifting in Favor of National Health Insurance. When given a choice of the current health care system or one "like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers," voters chose the latter. A solid majority (59%) say they would prefer a national health insurance program that covers everyone over the current system of private insurance offered to most through their employer.

Consumer Watchdog is a nationally recognized non-partisan consumer advocacy organization. Learn more at: http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org


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