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What The Media Tell Americans About Free Enterprise

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July 1998


Medical Crisis?

That American health care is in crisis and people are demanding change are clear assumptions of reporters. But are they true?

Not according to pollster Everett Ladd, president of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. In an article for IntellectualCapital. com, he notes that various polls show only three to seven percent of Americans rank health care as the country’s biggest problem, compared to 20 to 30 percent between 1993 and 1995.

"What is more telling," he writes, "is that huge majorities say they are satisfied with the heath care they receive -- including their ability to get a doctor’s appointment and the most sophisticated medical treatment."

He also notes: "Nearly three in every four say they are satisfied with their health care costs."

Rich Noyes




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