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KFG Clients Weigh In On Health Care Bill

I recently polled my clients (Jan 14-17) on the health care bill wending its way through Congress and received responses from about 33% of them. 

When asked if the health care legislation will achieve the stated goal of reducing health care costs, 72% said that not only will it not meet that goal, it will actually increase health care costs.  Only 12% said they thought it would actually lower costs.

Another concern of Americans is the quality of their health care.  Only 8% of my clients felt the bill will improve the quality of health care and 24% think there will be no change in the quality.  The majority of respondents (68%) feel the quality of health care will decline.  

One of the benefits of the legislation touted by Congress and the President is that it will reduce the national deficit.  Apparently KFG clients don’t agree, with 84% believing that the health care bill will actually increase the deficit.

I asked clients to tell me the good portions of the bill.  The resounding one-word response was “nothing.”  One client did say it was a step in the right direction.

When I asked what they would like to see Congress do to reform the system, the responses were varied.  The most popular response was a wish that Congress would start over and come up with a more bi-partisan approach.

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3 Responses to KFG Clients Weigh In On Health Care Bill

  1. Robert Shannon January 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Thanks for these letters. We’ll be in to see you before long; it’s been dragging on.
    However, during the interim, it’s good to see the opportunity to reply to your letter.
    It’s unfortunate that we voters go to the polls and vote according to “what we think” rather than what we know. That’s how I see when the precient crowd makes pronouncements about what the “health care bill WILL do.” I aver that most of them, like me, have not read the damned thing, and if we did, probably would not be able to project, with even a modicum of accuracy, what the final outcome will be or what it will do for “us.” Being near 81 however, on Medicare, a veteran, with a wife who works and has her own coverage, I may be one who need not worry. Having been in health care for 30+ years, I have seen what the outcomes are for those not covered.
    To start this fiasco over will do what it has done in past administrations, die.
    We’ll make an appointment soon!!! Promise…
    Robert/Sonja Shannon

  2. Lois Sturdivant January 22, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Your clients do not represent a cross-section of Americans, as most of them have some wealth and health care. Our local newspaper recently had a feature on the rising number of deaths of people in their 40’s and 50’s from treatable diseases.. Most are unemployed or underemployed, with no health care diseases.
    Mike Miller’s comment that “No one can be refused medical care in the system we have now” is living in a fantasy world. He also says, “The government will tell us what activities we can engage in and what we can eat & drink.” Good luck!
    Susan Hotalling writes: “We have the best medical care in the world that is fully accessible to everyone, the only exception would be for the very few who might have difficulty obtaining adequate transportation (which is a different problem).” What paradise does she live in?
    Most physicians do not take charity cases, except for Welfare, and hospitals can only take a limited number. The current legislation may not be perfect, but it is a start, and YES, IT IS GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE! Part of the problem in this country is the huge salaries/benefits/bonuses paid to professional sport players and CEOs. Why should they make more in a month than most people make in their lifetime? Why should the WalMart CEO’s twice monthly paychecks be more than any of his employees make in a lifetime?
    Robert Shannon’s statement is correct. I worked in health care for 28 years, and saw many uninsured people lose all their resources in a catastrophic medical event.

  3. Alden Cassler August 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    I understand that but where does it take us?

    Fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, scratch where it itches. 🙂