|At first blush, Americans like President Bush's proposal to radically change the healthcare insurance landscape.
In advance of his State-of-The-Union address, the Presidents staff released details of the proposal.
Essentially the Presidents plan includes two parts: it would allow individuals to deduct $7,500 and families $15,000 from their taxable income if they purchased healthcare insurance directly or received it through their employers; and it will help states make affordable private health insurance available to their citizens.
The Presidents proposal focuses on utilizing private sources to address the 47 million Americans who are uninsured.
The plan is consistent with the President's idea of increasing access to health insurance through the private market while encouraging people to be more cost-conscious as they purchase medical-care coverage.
Information Strategies, Inc. polled its readers the day before the State-Of-The-Union Address and found many have positive first impressions of the proposals.
According to JoAnn Laing, ISIs President & CEO, more than 1,000 respondents said they thought the proposals were a good first step.
Sixty-one percent of all respondents said the idea seemed good to them while only 14% were opposed, she said. At the same time, one out of five respondents wanted more information and looked forward to the Presidents speech.