Universal Health Care Favored

Oct 20, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The statistics are worrying.

More than 15 percent of the US population had no health care in 2002.

Sixty-percent of people surveyed said they are concerned about their ability to afford health insurance in the future.

With numbers such as these, it isn’t hard to see why Americans favor, by nearly a 2-1 margin, the creation of a universal health care system operated by the government over employer-based
programs, according to a ABC News-Washington Post poll.

Robert Blendon, a specialist on health care public opinion at Harvard University, told the Associated Press, that concerns about the health care system are growing. “Health care
is really rising as a political issue,” he said. “When the economy gets bad and health care costs continue to rise, this becomes an economic issue.”

Moderator’s Comment: Should business support the creation of a universal health care system? [George
Anderson – Moderator

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