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September 12th, 2009

Survey says: No healthcare ‘crisis’

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In our most recent HSH Market Trends survey, we asked our readers to weight in on health care reform. The people have spoken (click the image for full size):

HSH Market Trends survey results

We asked: Do you agree with the President that our health-care system is in a “crisis”? Nearly half responded that it “just needs some changes,” while a third think it needs to be replaced.

To the question Is it urgent, as Pres. Obama claims, for Congress to pass health-care reform ASAP? nearly half — 46% — think that “we need to discuss the proposals” before taking action. About 29% agreed that the need is “dire,” while nearly a quarter of our more cynical respondents think the whole situation is “political posturing.”

Finally, we asked a multiple-choice question: Who is at fault for spiraling health-care costs? This gathered the most vehement response; fully 60% of you think it’s the insurance companies. Lawyers came in a strong second at nearly 47%, while 35% blamed “government regulations.” Less than 17% blamed doctors.

If you liked that one, you’ll love the upcoming survey: What Health Insurance Choices Do You Want? Insurance that you – and not your employer – buy? More competition? Private or government-run? How about being able to deduct all of your healthcare expenses? And more.

Those of you who receive our Weekly Market Trends by email can respond right now. (If you don’t, why not sign up?) The rest of you will just have to curb your impatience until Monday morning; that’s when our Market Trends will be posted on HSH.com and on the HSH Market Trends website.

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