Healthcare reform opinions aren’t hard to find, especially from politicians and people on the street that get caught by TV news cameras. The question is whether their opinions would be reflected by a sampling of people from within the system who are deemed its unsung heroes.
The Phoenix Business Journal provided insight to this effect by asking most of 2012’s Health Care Heroes whether they agreed with the Supreme Court’s June 28 health care ruling. From this year’s lifetime achievement award winner to a patient advocate finalist, the majority of honorees supported the ruling and ongoing reform.
People whose passion earned them the nomination of their peers and the recognition of their community want the best for your health and the best from their system that responds when you need it. They live with its current capabilities and frustrations every day. Perhaps they see the same thing that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Anne Weiss does when she notes, “we spend more on health care than any other country in the world, and the quality is uneven at best and dangerous at worst.”
The Health Care Heroes’ reflections weren’t uniformly supportive, and surveying them is the opposite of a random sample. That, of course, is the point. They’re more like an extraordinary sample, and their responses are quite telling.