Health care survey says high costs hurting insured

03/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
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In a new survey on health care in America, 95 percent of respondents say America’s health care system needs fundamental change or should be completely rebuilt.

The survey, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, consists of interviews with more than 26,000 people who were questioned from January through earlier this month.

The statistics in the new report are troubling. Although it is well known that 47 million Americans do not have any type of health care, the survey says that of those that do, 61 percent who have employer-provided coverage believe it will only get worse in the coming months and years.

Some of those people whose personal stories are listed in the report made themselves available to reporters on a conference call today.

Sage Holden works full time as a library technician for the state of Minnesota. She says she’s supposed to take medication twice a day for diabetes, and see her doctor every three months. But those doctor visits require co-pays, which Holden struggles to pay.

The AFL CIO has spent tens of million of dollars in previous election years in support of the Democratic candidate.

When asked whose health care plan they favored among Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO’s Heather Boone said neither.

The last time there was serious momentum for health care reform in the U.S. was in 1992, after President Clinton was elected. But as Hilary Clinton likes to joke, she has the scars to show how fierce that fight became.

But when asked why there was a better chance of health care reform being achieved this year, AFL CIO head John Sweeney said one reason why there is that there are 10 million more people on the uninsured rolls than last time around.

TO review the health care report, go to

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