Federal negotiations on prescription drug prices, covering kids’ health care, and requiring insurance companies to accept people with pre-existing health conditions are among the most popular elements of President Obama’s health reform platform among all Americans.
Health Populi’s Hot Points: The lack of bipartisan support in both the House and Senate for the stimulus package sets the stage for what health reform haggling could look like later this year. While there are bits and pieces of reforms that “most” people like, the differences between the parties could serve to derail any comprehensive plan for reform.
The #1 favored reform in this poll is Federal negotiation for prescription drug prices. Prescription drugs consume about 10% of national health spending. Americans need a solid education in topline health economics. Spending on prescription drugs has slowed in the past year due to the adoption of generic drugs.
The bulk of spending in health is on hospitals and physicians. Spending on drugs was about $228 million in 2007. Hospital spending growth increased 7.3% 2007 nearly $700 billion. Spending for physician and clinical services grew 6.5% percent in 2007 to just under $500 billion.
HarrisInteractive found that the more Americans learned about President Obama’s health proposals, the more they were positive about health reform. Americans will need to understand the fundamental economics that drive health care in the U.S. to get behind more comprehensive reform plans beyond drug prices. In the meantime, I’ve no doubt, based on the Rasmussen poll, that the public already believes they could redesign the health system better than Congress could.