Health care reform

Reason-Rupe: 58 Percent of Americans Satisfied with Their Health Care; 23 Percent Dissatisfied

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The recent Reason-Rupe poll provides a closer look at the current health care market. 87 percent of Americans report they are covered by health insurance, and 13 percent say they are not. Among those covered by health insurance, a clear majority (63 percent) access health insurance through their employer. 10 percent purchase plans individually, 17 percent have Medicare, and 6 percent are enrolled in Medicaid.

Most Americans report high levels of satisfaction with the health care they receive, with 58 percent satisfied and 23 percent dissatisfied with their health care.

Satisfaction with health care is highest among those with Medicare, with 73 percent satisfied and 16 dissatisfied.  Those with employer-provided plans also report high levels (65 percent) of satisfaction with their health care. 53 percent among those on Medicaid report satisfaction with health care, and 27 percent are dissatisfied.

Satisfaction with health care drops among those who purchase their plans individually, with 48 percent satisfied and 38 percent dissatisfied.  Interestingly, however, they have some of the lowest levels of support for employer-provided plans. 59 percent would prefer employers provide them with an equivalent amount of funds that would have been spent on insurance and allow them to purchase their own insurance independently. Only 26 percent preferred to access health insurance through their employers.

Survey respondents were asked to explain in a few words what they would do to improve their health care. Those with employer-provided and individually purchased plans were most likely to mention something about reducing costs or premiums with 38 percent and 40 percent respectively. Respondents on Medicare were far less likely (21 percent) to mention cost.

Full poll results found here.

Nationwide telephone poll conducted March 10th-20th of both mobile and landline phones, 1200 adults, margin of error +/- 3 percent. Columns may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding. Full methodology can be found here

Emily Ekins is the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she leads the Reason-Rupe public opinion research project, launched in 2011. Follow her on Twitter @emilyekins.

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  1. “87 percent of Americans report they are covered by health insurance, and 13 percent say they are not.”
    _
    then 87% outta be teh happy :)) w the individual mandate since their premiums wont have to also cover teh unnsured.

    1. I realise you intentionally behave as stupidly as possible, but how does insurance cover the “uninsured”? By definition, they are not covered by insurance and their liabilities are not indemnified.

      1. to whom do u suppose the unreimbursed costs pass?
        >the NIH says in 08, unreimbursed costs added ~$1000 to the avg yrealy premium.
        do try und keep up

        1. i think insurance pays for the uninsured! derp de derpity DERP!

          1. cause there’s a free money tree in each and every hospital ER !!111!!

            1. shhh o4 – dont let teh secret out!

    2. I get a subconscious urge to smack the edge of the computer screen when I see asshole’s retarded comments. What the fuck gives, that it insists on giving itself a brain dead physical presence, in addition to already being a complete moron about any subject?

    3. then 87% outta be teh happy :)) w the individual mandate since their premiums wont have to also cover teh unnsured.

      Except, among other things, some of those 87% may not approve of stealing from others by force. I know it’s difficult for you to understand.

      1. nope – you & other libtoidz here are in denial that YOUR annual premium covers the additional costs for the uninsured since YOUR insurance co is charged MOAR for all services to offset the unreimbursed costs to the hospitals nationwide.
        >then again, a free-money tree in every ER would sol-ved it.

  2. Hilarious! Survivor bias is a great thing. Did the survey include those who die because of poor health care.

    1. Repeat this three times and you can go home.

  3. Hilarious! Survivor bias is a great thing. Did the survey include those who die because of poor health care.

  4. Hilarious! Survivor bias is a great thing. Did the survey include those who die because of poor health care.

    1. People with insurance live no longer than people without it. The biggest factor in prolonging life is not smoking, which is not a health care issue in the slightest.

      Citation: Nassim Taleb, http://www.econtalk.org/archiv…..ntifr.html

      1. Here’s a question. Can the federal government force people to take up smoking to save on health care costs? I eagerly await the Supreme Court’s ruling on this.

        1. Smoking, no. Carousel, sure!

  5. 59 percent would prefer employers provide them with an equivalent amount of funds that would have been spent on insurance and allow them to purchase their own insurance independently.

    What has two thumbs and sacrifices an amount of compensation in deference to colleagues with families? This guy, who uses less health benefits because he a) has no dependents also using the bennies and b) is healthy as fuck. I wouldn’t mind getting the scratch instead and paying for my own health insurance plan scaled down to fit my limited need.

    1. You hate children, families, and puppies because you are greedy and won’t share your vast wealth with sick kids.

      1. You hate children, families, and puppies because you are greedy and won’t share your vast wealth with sick kids.

        You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  6. In a separate study, 74% of Americans have never actually had to use their health insurance for anything serious, and hence don’t realize how bad it really is.

    1. My health insurance is quite awesome, I’ve had to use it much more than I wish since 2003, thankyouverymuch.

      Used Highmark BC/BS quite a bit in 2003. Switched to Anthem BC/BS when it got to be too expensive.

      Had Continental General for a few years after that, which was surprisingly good; right now I’m back with Anthem BC/BS and have zero complaints, including with some pretty crummy health stuff I’m dealing with right now.

      Oh, yeah, and my premium is about $200/mo and my out-of-pocket maximum is $83/mo, so take that, all you “blah blah pre-existing conditions aren’t covered” sophists.

    2. As someone with an incurable, chronic illness, the thought of moving to a system like Canada or the UK has scares me shitless. I have to rely on the health system, and it works pretty well. I can get an MRI next day, not 9 weeks later like in the socialist hellholes.

  7. Survey respondents were asked to explain in a few words what they would do to improve their health care. Those with employer-provided and individually purchased plans were most likely to mention something about reducing costs or premiums with 38 percent and 40 percent respectively.

    “So the insurance agent said our premiums were decreasing and suddenly I got a lot better.”

    1. How dare people shop on price. All citizens must be compelled to buy the most expensive car, food, and health care that exists.

  8. Today’s banner ad on reason.com:

    97% of kids play video games. 37% play organized sports. Help us change that.

    Comrade, please join the All-Volunteer Mandatory Jumping Jacks at high noon.

    1. Change “play organized sports” to “go run around outside for at least an hour every day” and I’m right there with them. Assuming they aren’t trying to accomplish it through government action. Kids do need to get off their asses and go outside and play. There is plenty of time for video games when you are a decrepit adult.

    2. 97% of kids play video games…. Help us change that.

      Let’s shoot for 100%!

  9. Reason-Rupe: 58 Percent of Americans Satisfied with Their Health Care; 23 Percent Dissatisfied

    Hoisting ourselves on our own petard? If 58% are satisfied now, just think how many are satisfied healthcare is under even more government control? Because the 70% control is working great.

  10. So, my insurance costs $2,400/year; it seems unlikely that 42% of my premiums go towards covering 15 million Americans (about 4%) of the population.

    And besides, I fail to see what’s so evil about paying a hospital or doctor a fair market price who independently decides to serve an uninsured customer.

  11. For those not keeping up with things, here’s the current score:

    1. Health insurance is a scam.
    2. Health care costs are also a scam.
    3. The government suggests that things will be better if we all participate in the scam.

    The current SCOTUS case will determine whether it’s Constitutional to force everybody to participate in the scam.

    I have an alternative proposal that, if enacted, will be much cheaper and better than the ACA. My proposal is the National Christianity Act, whereby every citizen is enjoined to be baptized by a mainstream Christian denomination. (Cost: approximately $0, or 10% if you choose to tithe.)

    Once everybody is both Christian and Saved, health care costs rocket to zero–after all, who wouldn’t be thrilled to get to Heaven?

    1. Would the National Christianity Act survive a constitutional challenge? The Solicitor General would argue that choosing to be an apatheist qualifies as interstate commerce. Meanwhile, others would argue that the first amendment does not apply, as no one is forced to participate in a state-run church–they can choose a privately-operated church.

      1. Why do you hate Heaven?

        Going to Hell is not a choice. Let’s concentrate on saving souls. For the greater good.

  12. Britain Deserves Better

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