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AHIP: 2% Of Bush Voters Rank Health As Top Issue

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Most Americans like their health insurance.[@@]

The America’s Health Insurance Plans, Washington, has based that conclusion on results of a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted this Wednesday and Thursday by Ayres, McHenry and Associates, Alexandria, Va.

The researchers who conducted the survey found that 83% of the participants said they were satisfied with their current private-sector health insurance coverage.

The survey results, released today, suggest that voters’ election-day decisions were based on national security, the economy and moral issues rather than on health care, according to AHIP.

Only 6% of American said health care issues had the greatest impact on their election-day decisions, the poll said. Although 9% of the voters who supported Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., identified health care as the most important issue, only 2% of the voters who supported President Bush did so.

AHIP has been promoting efforts to make preferred provider organization plans available to more Medicare beneficiaries, and the results of its survey seem to show broad support for that kind of strategy: 93% of survey participants said they think it is important for elderly people covered by Medicare to have the same health care coverage plans that are available to the rest of the population.

Other survey results:

- 58% of the survey participants said they think the government and private companies should work together to address Americans’ health care needs.

- 56% of the participants agreed with the argument that the medical liability system drives up costs and drives good doctors out of medicine.

- 48% of the participants said “the current system has parts that work well and parts that need significant change,” and only 16% said “the system works well and needs just a few changes.”


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