Regarding the article Conservatives say voters dont want big overhaul:
In stating that most American voters do not want a radical overhaul of the healthcare system, Rick Scott of the Conservatives for Patients Rights Action Fund overlooks a recent survey by the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund that found that eight in 10 Americans believe the U.S. healthcare system needs to be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt.
This survey found that Americans believe strongly in the principles laid out by the current administration: choice of providers, access to health records, provider quality information, and use of electronic health records. Additionally, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that only 7% of Americans rate our healthcare system excellent. Nearly 40% consider it poor. A whopping 70% believe it does, in fact, need major changes if not a complete overhaul.
Adhering to the fundamentals of the current system is a recipe for failure, and its time for true leadership to break the cycle of inaction.
Dean SchleicherOwings, Md.Board chairman, Calvert Memorial Hospital
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