WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The most effective way
to get politicians to act on health care reform is for citizens to make
their voices heard, according to voters surveyed in an opinion poll
commissioned by the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA).
Asked which would be the most effective way to prompt action by
politicians, 41 percent of likely voters said citizens demanding health
care reform would best get the job done. Twenty-two percent said it would
take diverse interest groups building consensus, 19 percent said it would
take politicians proposing and implementing solutions and 9 percent said
reform would result from business leaders lobbying for change.
Voters also overwhelmingly reported that they are paying attention to
the presidential candidates' positions on health care and that those
positions would affect their vote in the fall.
With concerns about jobs and the economy growing, voters still ranked
health care as the second most important priority for the next Congress and
President to address. In a related finding, a plurality of voters said that
they believe health care reform would have a positive effect on the
economy: 44 percent of survey respondents said that if the federal
government were successful in making quality health care available to
everyone, it would strengthen the economy (25 percent said it would weaken
the economy and 24 percent said it would have little effect).
"Our research shows that the voting public wants to participate in a
national discussion on health care and expects its views and concerns to be
heard," said Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, the association's president and chief
executive officer. "The vast majority of American voters -- 85 percent --
believe that health care is a matter of human dignity and should be
available to all for moral and ethical reasons. During Cover The Uninsured
Week, CHA and Catholic hospitals around the country are calling on our
leaders to listen closely to the American public -- and to take action."
CHA recently released its Vision for U.S. Health Care, which outlines
values and principles for a reformed system. The document is available
online at www.OurHealthCareValues.org.
"Catholic health care providers have always been leaders in Cover The
Uninsured Week -- and throughout the year," said Jeff Tieman, CHA's senior
director, health reform initiatives. "These opinion survey results show
that their message is helping to engage the American public on this
The opinion survey included responses from 800 likely voters
nationwide, reached by telephone March 31-April 2, 2008, and has a margin
of error of plus or minus 3.46 percent. The survey was conducted on behalf
of the Catholic Health Association of the United States by Public Opinion
Strategies of Alexandria, VA.
The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in
1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's pursuit of the strategic
directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy. As the nation's largest group
of not-for-profit sponsors, systems, and facilities, the ministry is
committed to improving the health status of communities and creating
quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. For more
information, visit the CHA website at www.chausa.org.
SOURCE Catholic Health Association of the United States