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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Which health care devil do you prefer?

Rasmussen Reports polls show that

Voters for the first time are slightly less fearful of having their health care decisions made by the federal government than by private insurers.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government more than private insurance companies when it comes to health care decisions. But that’s down from 51% when Rasmussen Reports first asked the question in August 2009 and 48% this past June.

Slightly more voters (45%) now fear private insurance companies more than the government when it comes to health care decision-making. That compares to 41% in August 2009. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure which they fear more. (To see survey question wording, click here.


In truth, nobody is going to be happy with either set of decision makers.  There are hard choices to be made. Government choices may be more transparent, but that may also mean that government choices will bankrupt us with creeping mandates and a lack of marginal analysis [Medicare being an obvious example].

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