OCEAN BEACH, CA. As the debate over health care reform rages, OB Rag readers chimed in – and they chimed in heavily on the side of single payer or public option health care options.
From the poll, which ran for about one week starting on September 24, 2009, clearly 80% are dissatisfied with the current status quo. 72 voters out of a total 0f 90 responded that they either don’t have health insurance at all – 11%, or they want single payer – 32%, or want a public option-34%, and 2% said they have employer-provided insurance but don’t use it because of the high co-pay. That 66% want single-payer or the public option mirrors the figures in national polls.
In contrast, 7% said they were satisfied with their employer-provided health insurance, and then 11% declared that government should not be involved in health care and that they don’t use Medicare, Medi-Cal, or Veterans care provided by the VA.
We asked our readers:
What health care option or reform do you prefer? and the responses in order of how asked are as follows:
1. Single-payer is the only way to go.
29—32% of all votes
2. I’m satisfied with my employer-provided plan.
6—7% of all votes
3. There must be a public option available.
31—34% of all votes
4. I have health care insurance but don’t use it because can’t afford the copay.
2—2% of all votes
5. I don’t have health care insurance, so the status quo is not an option.
10—11% of all votes
6. Government should not be involved in health care, and I am not using Medicare, Medical, or Veteran’s health care.
12—13% of all votes
Total Votes: 90 Poll started: September 24, 2009
There is no way for us to determine where respondents live, so it is a poll of our readers, most of whom live in San Diego.