Siena poll shows state residents favor health-care reform

A Siena Research poll found that 74 percent of New Yorkers believe the health-care system is broken and in need of reform.

The poll also found that 35 percent of New Yorkers support a government proposed health-care plan, with 26 percent opposing the plan and 39 percent on the fence about it.

The results were released by the Siena Research Institute on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Those contacted by pollsters were asked to consider how the health-care plan the government is currently considering would affect private business, as well as the likelihood of increased efficiencies, the impact it could have on seniors and the affordability and quality of health care such a plan could bring.

Those questions included whether one believed the quality of health care would go down with a government plan (55 percent agreed and 32 percent disagreed) and whether seniors would receive inferior care under a government-run plan.

What we found overall is that New Yorkers are seriously concerned about the quality of health care going down, said Don Levy, director of the Siena Research Institute.

Levy said many people contacted also wondered whether a government plan could truly manage and deliver care to the same degree of efficiency that business people can.

The survey was conducted by random telephone calls to 538 New York residents over the age of 18. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points.

"We were interested in determining how big of a problem is it to New Yorkers and how seriously a variety of issues have been affecting New York households," said Levy.

The questions that dealt with health-care reform were coupled with other questions about New York households and financial concerns.

Results showed that one out of every seven households in New York has seen a family member laid off, or their work slowed, over the past six months, and that has mostly occurred in lower income households.

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