The Presidential Race: Who’s Better On Health Care?

October 6, 2008 by  
Filed under National, National Poll Archive, Politics

51% of registered voters nationally believe Senator Barack Obama is the better candidate to tackle the issue of health care. He outpaces his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, by 13 percentage points. McCain has the confidence of 38% of the U.S. electorate who think he is the one to reform health care. There is a partisan divide on the issue.

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10 Responses to “The Presidential Race: Who’s Better On Health Care?”

  1. Rehab on September 27th, 2009 9:59 am

    I’m writing as someone you called “a good guy with whom I almost never agree” to say . . . I agree with you.

    Massachusetts has an opportunity to propose major changes to how Medicare and other payers reimburse for services.

    Section 44 of Chapter 305, the cost control bill, sets up a small commission, modeled on the pool commission you chaired in 1997, to recommend a common payment methodology across all public and private payers, including a plan for the commonwealth to seek a Medicare waiver to include Medicare in the common payment system.

    According to the law, the payment model “(i) shall examine payment methodologies and purchasing strategies, including, but not limited to, alternatives to fee-for-service models such as blended capitation rates, episodes-of-care payments, medical home models, and global budgets; pay-for-performance programs; tiering of providers; and evidence-based purchasing strategies, (ii) recommend a common transparent payment methodology that promotes coordination of care and chronic disease management; rewards primary care physicians for improving health outcomes; reduces waste and duplication in clinical care; decreases unnecessary hospitalizations and use of ancillary services; and provides appropriate reimbursement for investment in health information technology that reduces medical errors and enables coordination of care.”

    In other words, what you said.

    We think a President Obama or McCain would be interested in letting a state try out a new model of Medicare reimbursement.

    The Commission was supposed to be up and running by Sept. 15, and we hear they are still going through the steps needed to name the parties. We’re hoping they can quickly get this on track to do the hard work required.

    Also, section 38 of the law directs EOHHS to maximize enrollment in dual eligible plans, such as SCOs, for people with both Medicare and Medicaid, in order to coordinate care better for people who face a complex push-pull from 2 different programs.

  2. Drew Ade on September 28th, 2009 12:28 pm

    I pretty much totally agree with this. :P

  3. Health Tips Pedia on November 7th, 2009 12:53 pm

    I would like to join the 51% as well. Though I am not a supporter of him politically, but i believe he has all the qualities to handle the situation efficiently.

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  5. Bedwetting Alarm on August 28th, 2010 6:39 pm

    Obama? Hah, he certainly knows everything about health care.

  6. Steven Miller on May 8th, 2011 12:55 pm

    Now that Mr. Obama is the president, he is doing his best to provide good quality of healthcare

  7. Bone Cancer Prognosis on May 9th, 2011 1:55 am

    the second term for Obama is nearly confirmed so hope for the best health insurance in future

  8. Health on July 1st, 2011 4:14 pm

    As for the Health care the President Barack Obama is a key as for he is the person who bring about reforms and surely 51% should increase to 80% as he is better to tackle the issue of Health ForumsCare.

  9. Health Forum on July 2nd, 2011 1:30 pm

    Obama has the ability to handle the health care issue. My vote is with 51% too

  10. fasfsa on September 9th, 2011 7:13 pm

    nice work

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