Health Care Americans Prefer – Is It Quantity, Quality, Or Both?

Health Care Americans Prefer – Is It Quantity, Quality, Or Both?
A recent Rasmussen study indicates that 53% of Americans polled believe that the quality of their health care will deteriorate under the new ACA law. Reuters reports, “unfavorable opinions of the new national health care law are at their highest level in several months, while the number who think the quality of care in this country will get worse is at its highest level in over three years.” They go on to state, “fifty-three percent (53%) of voters now believe the quality of health care will get worse under the new law. That’s up six points from 47% a month ago and the highest level of pessimism since mid-March 2011. Twenty-four percent (24%) predict that health care will get better as a result of the law. Seventeen percent (17%) expect the level of care to stay about the same.“
Based on this data, it appears that many Americans believe that an appreciable decline in health care quality will become a residual, unwelcome consequence of efforts to expand coverage to all Americans.  Thus, numerous individuals continue to question the ability of the new health care law to accomplish both critical goals – provide coverage to all and maintain quality health care services.

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