Healthcare reform rated high on the list of Americans top priorities for the new president and Congress amid an ongoing recession and mounting job losses, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Americans ranked helping the newly unemployed afford health coverage second behind helping businesses keep or create jobs as a priority for any federal economic-stimulus plan. Providing states with more federal help to pay for healthcare for lower-income residents ranked third among those surveyed.
These healthcare proposals had more support than repairing the countrys infrastructure, cutting taxes for the middle class, helping people pay their mortgages and helping large businesses hurt by the recession, according to the telephone survey of 1,628 adults, conducted in English and Spanish from Dec. 4 to Dec. 14, 2008.
The fact that the economy is so bad is forcing people to think about where they are spending every dollar and healthcare is a big part of that, said Mollyann Brodie, vice president and director of public opinion and media research at the Kaiser Family Foundation.