Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Healthcare Reform

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The results of the 2009 Healthcare for America Survey show nearly unanimous agreement that healthcare reform is urgently needed. The survey, sponsored by the AFL-CIO and Working America, found that more than half of the 23,460 people who responded can't get the healthcare they need at a price they can afford, and one-third say they forgo basic medical care because of its high price.

Out-of-control healthcare costs are forcing working families to go without needed medical care and are shredding family bank accounts, while private health insurance companies deny claims and, far too often, refuse to provide coverage, the responses show.

"Our current system is broken, and this survey shows how our fractured system hurts both the insured and uninsured alike," says AFL-CIO executive vice president Arlene Holt Baker. "The time for real healthcare reform is now. We simply can't wait any longer."

An incredible 97 percent of those surveyed say the need for healthcare reform is urgent. And 95 percent say reform should give people the choice of private health insurance or a public health insurance plan option.

The survey's results, along with the thousands of personal healthcare horror stories that were submitted, are being shared with lawmakers and media at every level.

On June 25, the AFT is holding a "virtual" lobby day to encourage thousands of activists to call their members of Congress to urge them to support passage of comprehensive healthcare reform. The AFT lobby day is being held in conjunction with a June 25 rally and lobby day in Washington, D.C., that is expected to attract thousands of union, healthcare and community activists.

June 23, 2009