Who is responsible for the high cost of health care?

A Harris Poll asked 2,119 U.S. adults online between October 16 and 20, 2008.  The results?

Many more people blame the insurance industry for rising health care costs than blame anyone else. When asked who is most to blame, 41% of adults blame insurance companies compared to far fewer who blame the pharmaceutical companies (16%), the government (16%), hospitals (6%), or physicians (4%).

The same poll also found that a “majority of adults think it is more important to provide basic health insurance for those who are now uninsured than to prove provide better benefits to those with health insurance.”

When asked which of the two major presidential candidates would better handle the problems of reducing the number of uninsured Americans, controlling health care costs, dealing with Medicare, and managing Social Security, Senator Obama led Senator McCain on all four measures.

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