This Harpers article suggests, based on Zogby polling, that health care cuts across party lines as an issue of concern for this election.
Health care is a big issue for Christian conservatives and for blue-collar voters who previously supported Reagan and Clinton. For a lot of people, health care costs are the difference between being working-class and middle-class.
The mega-issue is the economy. In our last poll, that was the top issue for 26 percent, and health care, which is basically an economic issue, was the top for 24 percent. Democrats have a distinct advantage on the economy because they are identified more as being the party of middle America.
Of course, which way to go with it is another issue.
Back in February 2007, Zogby gathered that Americans feel that the US health care system needs reform
However, "... 46% said the U.S. health care system does not function properly and is in need of major reform, while another 46% believes small fixes are required."
The question is, "How to keep the momentum going on that issue?Coloradans' health care costs will soar an average of 12.9 percent in 2008, outpacing the national average, forcing companies to shift costs to employees.In Missouri
The report by Families USA states that over 1.2 million Missourians with insurance are in families that will spend more than 10 percent of their pre-tax income on health expenses next year.This article
That's up from 844,000 in 2000.
It also claims that some Missouri families will spend more than one-fourth of their pre-tax income on health costs in 2008.
references the same Families USA study and says that for Connecticut families
... were paying $1,127 more for work-provided health insurance in 2006 than they did in 2000. The total cost—employee and employer contributions—of family health insurance jumped from $7,292 to $12,904 between 2000 and 2006. The number of uninsured, meanwhile, rose to 300,000, nine percent of the state's population.
And what about Arkansas
A recent report shows that more than 680, 000 people in Arkansas under the age of 65 will spend more than 10 percent of their pre-tax income on health care costs next year.
Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers, released a report that provides state-specific data for Arkansas on the number of people in families that will spend more than 10 and 25 percent of their pretax income on health care costs in 2008.
According to the report, it is projected that 220, 000 people will spend more than 25 percent of their income on health care. About 75. 8 percent of those people have health insurance.