Archives for April 10, 2008

Rasmussen Reports™: Poll on health care coverage

The entire article is short, and there’s a lot of interesting information in there, but I just wanted to highlight the following bits (all emphasis added):

Rasmussen Reports™: The most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a presidential election.
Twenty-nine percent (29%) of American adults favor a national health insurance program overseen by the Federal Government. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% oppose such a government-led initiative while 31% are not sure.

The survey also found that 46% believe the quality of care would decrease under a national health insurance program while 16% believe that quality would increase. Twenty percent (20%) say the quality of care would remain about the same while 18% are not sure.

At the same time, 42% believe the cost of health care would increase while 25% would expect prices to go down.

If I’m reading this correctly (and I’m willing to concede I might not be) though 29% of those polled want a national healthcare plan at the same time only 16% believe the quality would increase.  Granted those don’t have to be the same poll respondents, but you’d think that if we’re to embark down an untried road those in favor of it would be hoping for better care quality.  Odd.

While opposing a national program overseen by the federal government, Americans support requiring companies to provide health insurance for their employees. Sixty-three percent (63%) favor such a requirement while 24% are opposed.

Nearly everyone I’ve listened to thoughtfully about healthcare financing (and the economy) say we need to divorce employment from insurance, yet 63% want to keep the current employer-based system.  I’d like to see some more information about that preference; is it fear of the unknown, or is it a lack of understanding that employer provided healthcare isn’t free to the recipient?

An earlier survey found that just 31% rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent.

At the same time, people give much higher reviews to their own health care coverage.

This is odd to me, and the best explanation I can come up with is that virtually all the news about healthcare is negative, so even though those polled said their individual care was good or excellent, they think they must be lucky, because all the news says US healthcare is going badly, so it must be bad overall.

There’s not a big groundswell for socialized medicine.  Yet.

Never Distract Your Barber

I’m learning things as I mature. Such is the experience of a remarkably close haircut.

You’d not be surprised to learn that, like the rest of my life, my hair style is no nonsense and low maintenance. The usual cut involves the electric clipper with guards of a couple of single-digit sizes, and it doesn’t take long.

Most recently I was settling in to get my usual trim, and, also as usual was making small talk with my barber of several years. I watched her attach the guard, and usually she starts with the sides. This time, the top was the starting place, and big chunks of hair started falling. It was too late at that point to do anything other than wait for the realization to come.

She was very apologetic. I got a nice, very short, haircut. I look a touch like a graying tennis ball, and I learned a lesson: don’t distract people when they’re thinking.