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The Public and the Health Care Costs/Uninsured Issue (Robert J. Blendon, D.Sc.)

The Public and the Health Care Costs/Uninsured Issue (Robert J. Blendon, D.Sc.)

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Understanding the Public on theHealth Care Costs/Uninsured Issue:Implications for Journalistsin the Next Debate
Robert J. Blendon, Sc.D.Harvard School of Public HealthKennedy School of Government
 
Most Important Issues for Government to Address
Percent saying issue is one of two most important:
1
. War/defense 42%2.
H
ealth care 28%(excluding Medicare)
3. Economy/jobs 2
1
%4. Immigration
1
2%5(t). Education 6%5(t). Terrorism 6%5(t). Budget/Govt spending 6%
199
3 July 2002 October 2007
Note: Open-ended, may sum to more than
1
00% because each respondent was asked to give up to twodifferent answers.
1
. Economy/Jobs 45%
2.
H
ealth care 31%(excluding Medicare)
3. Federal deficit
19
%4. Education
1
0%5. Abortion
9
%6(t). Taxes 7%6(t). Programsfor the poor 7%
arris Interactive polls.
1
. Terrorism 37%2. Economy/jobs 37%3. War/defense
1
3%
4
.
H
ealth care 9%(excluding Medicare)
5. Education 8%
 
Americans¶ Views of the US
H
ealth Care System,199
4-
2006
199
4
2000 2002 2003 2005 2006State of Crisis17% 12% 11% 1
4
% 18% 22%Major Problems52% 58% 5
4
% 5
4
% 52% 52%Minor Problems29% 28% 32% 30% 28% 19%No Problems 1% 1% 2% 1% 1%
4
%
Gallup Polls,
199
4-2006.³Don¶t know´ responses not shown
Percent saying«

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