Submitted By Todd on October 6th at 2:38pm
As the Obama administration pushes for a national health care plan, studies show that most Americans are overwhelmingly happy with their own health care -- but they are dissatisfied with the country's overall system, because most Americans who have insurance believe that those who don't have it are not receiving care.In other words, what they know of the health care system pleases Americans - but the rhetoric on health care has caused them to doubt themselves.
A survey conducted jointly by the Kaiser Family Foundation, ABC News and USA Today, released in October 2006, found that 89 percent of Americans were satisfied with their own personal medical care, but only 44 percent were satisfied with the overall quality of the American medical system.89%! Can that happiness percentage be replicated in any other aspect of the lives of Americans?
Those same studies, however, show that a surprisingly large 70 percent of the estimated 46 million Americans who don't have insurance say they do, in fact, receive health care, and that a vast majority of them are satisfied with it.If I'm doing the math correctly, that means there are 14 million people who say they don't have health care in this country - about the same number of people who the government tells us are in the country illegally. Interesting.
The survey is the only recent poll for which data is publicly available that allows for a comparison of the satisfaction of insured and uninsured Americans.How about the deathly ill - those who face, on an acute basis, the harsh realities of the big institutions that dole out care, and those who face the struggles with private insurers that Democrats dramatize?
Those with recent serious health problems, possibly the people with the best knowledge of how health care is working, were generally the most satisfied. Ninety-three percent of insured Americans who had recently suffered a serious illness were satisfied with their health care. So were 95 percent of those who suffered from chronic illness.In order to avoid being mislead by the mythology being pushed by those who wish to cash in on universal health care, we must be informed. Consider this:
But there are two other reasons why most uninsured are satisfied: About 14 million of the "uninsured" qualify for Medicaid, and pre-existing conditions do not exclude people from joining the government program. As a result, many who are eligible for Medicaid wait until they need care to register, so they are effectively insured at all times even when they are not formally enrolled in the program.The other big lie about the 47 million uninsured figure is it creates the impression that people without insurance are that way forever.
In addition, once those who are already effectively covered by Medicaid are excluded, nearly 70 percent of the remaining uninsured are without insurance for less than four months. The large majority may be uninsured for such short periods of time that being uninsured is never relevant for their ability to get health care.Again - do the math. The uninsured problem in this country is negligible.