The US Public’s Health Care Agenda for 2013, JAMA, February 27, 2013

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The US Public’s Health Care Agenda for 2013, JAMA, February 27, 2013

  1. 1. 60%52%47%37%42%37%25%49%36%35%37%24%27%14%Majority Of Republicans And Democrats SayCreating Exchanges Should Be A Top PriorityPercent who say that each of the following should be a “top” health policy priority for their state’sgovernor and legislature this year:Democrats RepublicansCreating a health insuranceexchange or marketplaceSupporting access to family planningand other reproductive health servicesIncreasing state regulation ofcharges by doctors and hospitalsIncreasing state regulation of healthinsurance premiumsLimiting access to family planning andother reproductive health servicesExpanding MedicaidCreating or supporting programs tofight obesityIndependents55%21%27%23%16%22%22%Source: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the 113thCongress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)
  2. 2. In Context Of Deficit Reduction, Views On PublicHealth Spending PrioritiesNote: Items asked of third samples. Some question wording abbreviated. See topline: http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/8405.cfm for full questionwording.Source: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the 113thCongress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)60%59%58%52%51%47%40%36%36%34%33%31%26%26%17%Preparing for natural disasters or terrorist attacksPreventing the spread of infectious diseasesIncreasing research to find new cures and treatmentsEnsuring workplace health and safetyFunding to state public health departmentsProviding screening tests for major health problemsFunding for veterans’ health carePreventing chronic illnesses, such as heart diseaseFunding support to hospitals so they can provide free careEnsuring the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugsPreventing the spread of HIV/AIDSDetecting and preventing foodborne illnessesReducing obesity by promoting health lifestylesReducing smoking and tobacco usePreventing injuries, such as burns, poisoning and fallsGiven that the federal government has a substantial budget deficit and there are many difficult choices facingthe president and Congress, the percent who say each of the following should be “one of the top priorities” forfederal spending this year:
  3. 3. Majority Want No Spending Cuts To Education,Medicare, And Social SecurityIf the president and Congress decide to reduce the deficit by reducing spending on federal programs and services, I’dlike to know in which programs you would be willing to see spending reduced. For each program I name, please tellme if you would support major spending reductions, minor spending reductions or no reductions at all as a way toreduce the federal deficit.61%58%58%46%40%32%31%29%27%15%13%9%23%31%29%37%34%47%40%41%50%39%27%34%10%12%16%24%18%26%28%21%43%54%52%14%MedicareMedicaidSocial SecurityThe conflict in AfghanistanForeign aidNational defensePublic educationHealth insurance subsidiesSalaries and benefits for federal government workersNote: Some items asked of separate half samples. Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.Source: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the 113thCongress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)NO reductions MINOR reductions MAJOR reductionsAid to farmersUnemployment insuranceFood stamps
  4. 4. More Support Than Oppose Medicaid ExpansionAs you may know, the health care law expands Medicaid to provide health insurance to more low-income uninsured adults. The federal government will initially pay the entire cost of this expansion, andafter several years, states will pay 10 percent and the federal government will pay 90 percent. TheSupreme Court ruled that states may choose whether or not to participate in this expansion. What doyou think your state should do?42%23%45%66%52%75%46%27%KEEP Medicaid as it is today EXPAND Medicaid to cover more low-income peopleTotalDemocratsRepublicansIndependentsNote: Other/Neither (vol.) and Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.Source: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the 113thCongress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)
  5. 5. Support For Various Deficit-Reducing Changes ToMedicareI’m going to read you some changes to the Medicare program that have been discussed as ways toreduce the federal budget deficit. Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each one.68%32%26%23%16%17%27%22%23%27%10%17%12%21%22%24%21%39%30%33%61%3%6%7%Gradually raising the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65to 67 for future retireesRequiring all seniors to pay higher Medicare premiumsReducing payments to hospitals and other health careproviders for treating people covered by MedicareRequiring only high income seniors to pay higher MedicarepremiumsNote: Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.Source: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the 113thCongress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)Strongly favor Somewhat favor Strongly opposeSomewhat opposeRequiring drug companies to give the federal government abetter deal on medications for low-income people on MedicareIncreasing the payroll taxes workers and employers pay tohelp fund Medicare50%

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