Healthcare Reform: How much do you really care?

Worried hands The majority of Americans say they want healthcare reform—even the so-called public option.

But many Americans are not now closely following the debates. Over two-thirds find the debates difficult to follow, according to a recent Pew poll.
    How about you? How closely are you following the debates? Are you finding them hard to follow?

Americans are becoming increasingly anxious over healthcare reform, argued the panelists in the healthcare forum held last Thursday at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The forum considered the proposals, politics, and prospects of healthcare reform. (Listen to the entire program.)
    Anxiousness supports the status quo. How might change affect me and my family? Will I be denied coverage? Will my elderly parents face a “death panel”?

There is widespread support for many of the key provisions in the various proposals under consideration. There are many areas of agreement.

Yet, when people get anxious, they would rather have the devil they know than the devil they don’t. As Congress tries to reconcile five bills, crafting some acceptable amalgam, anxious Americans are sliding towards the no-change option.

Are you shifting towards “no change”? Even if you are not, would this be an acceptable alternative?

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