Will health care get the vote?Issue gains momentum for Election 2000
HEALTH CARE MAY NOT DECIDE ALL 2000 elections, but it could be critical in close races, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a national survey from the Kaiser/Harvard School of Public Health Program on the Public and Health Policy.
How a presidential candidate stands on issues was most important to 36 percent of registered voters surveyed. Researchers polled 1,515 adults, including 1,257 registered voters Dec. 3 to 13, 1999. Multiple responses were accepted.
Voters cited education and health care as the two most important election 2000 issues.
"A (public) focus on domestic issues seems to be consistent since the Clinton administration Noun 1. Clinton administration - the executive under President Clinton
executive - persons who administer the law ," says Missy Krasner, communications officer for The Henry J. Kaiser Henry John Kaiser (May 9, 1882—August 24, 1967) was an American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding. Early life
Beginning as a cashier in a dry-goods shop in Utica, New York, Kaiser moved many times as he pursued the Family Foundation. "Education, drugs, Social Security, have all been top issues. But it is interesting that health care has jumped to number two."
Of those surveyed, 20 percent of registered voters chose health care other than Medicare as a top issue and 9 percent chose Medicare. Education was tops with 29 percent.
Other choices included the economy and jobs, Social Security, taxes, crime and violence, gun control, moral values, foreign policy, and drugs.
Krasner says the survey proves that health care is not just a Democratic primary issue.
"The public is not in agreement on health care issues, but [these issues] will definitely carry over in November," Krasner says.
The survey identified two groups of "health care voters." About two-thirds of the registered voters who picked health care as a top concern--most younger than 50 years old--focused on health care costs, the uninsured, and patients' rights The legal interests of persons who submit to medical treatment.
For many years, common medical practice meant that physicians made decisions for their patients. This paternalistic view has gradually been supplanted by one promoting patient autonomy, whereby patients and . Those who were focused on Medicare were disproportionately dis·pro·por·tion·ate
Out of proportion, as in size, shape, or amount.
dispro·por older voters.
"For 'health care voters' the year 2000 election is nor about a single issue," stated Robert Blendon, professor at the Harvard School of Public Health The Harvard School of Public Health is (colloquially, HSPH) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. Located in Longwood Area of the Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood of Mission Hill, next to Harvard Medical School and Cambridge, Massachusetts, , in a press release. "Rather, their vote revolves around candidates' stands on getting the uninsured coverage, making Medicare financially sound, providing coverage of prescription drugs prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, for seniors, and protecting consumers' rights in HMOs and other managed care plans."