Reducing Uninsured a Top Priority for California Residents
Seventy-eight percent of California voters believe businesses with more than 20 employees should be required to provide health insurance or pay into a state-administered fund, according to the second half of a Field Poll released Wednesday, MediaNews/San Jose Mercury News reports (Zapler, San Jose Mercury News, 1/4).
The Field Poll surveyed 1,200 randomly selected voters from Nov. 17, 2006, through Dec. 12, 2006. The findings have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points (Miller/Hines, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 1/3).
The poll also found that:
- 76% of respondents favor expanding government programs to cover more uninsured;
- 75% of respondents support coverage for part-time workers through a shared-cost program;
- 47% of respondents believe in replacing the current health care system with a state-run, single-payer system;
- 68% of respondents support health insurance for all residents (Gledhill, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/4);
- Respondents said reducing the number of uninsured should be California officials' main priority, ahead of making health plans available regardless of pre-existing medical conditions and increasing funding for hospital emergency departments;
- 61% of respondents believe the state should promote health savings accounts; and
- Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe EDs are overcrowded and underfunded.
The Field Poll was funded by the California Wellness Foundation. The first half of the poll was released on Tuesday (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 1/3). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.