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Laura Carstensen
Laura Carstensen

Reform a key issue for many voters: survey

By Rebecca Vesely
Posted: May 13, 2009 - 2:45 pm ET

Healthcare reform is top of mind for many voters—just behind employment—but there’s no consensus on how to get it done, according to a survey by the Stanford University Center on Longevity.

What’s more, 62% of the 2,000 voters surveyed said the health system works well for them personally. Some 68% said the system does not work well for most Americans. Half said they are satisfied with the quality of their care, while 58% said they are not satisfied with costs, according to the online survey conducted in March.

Voters were asked about six policy proposals but there was no consensus on any of them. For instance, 43% said they support or strongly support expanding coverage through a new insurance marketplace with a private and a public insurance option. But 40% oppose or strongly oppose this idea. Forty percent oppose or strongly oppose changing provider incentives to focus more on outcomes. Another 38% said they support or strongly support this idea.

“There is anxiety among the public about changes to their healthcare, which necessitates building public support for proposed changes to the system if they are to be successful,” said Laura Carstensen, director of the Center on Longevity, in a written statement.

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