WhyMomsRule.com Poll Finds Moms Feel They Are Not Represented in Health Care Reform Debate

September 29, 2009 § 12 Comments

In our newly released poll of nearly 700 Moms (women MomsNotRepresentedinHealthcarereformdebatewith at least one child at home),  only seven percent believe the U.S. Congress is attuned  to their health care concerns, while a third feel they have no voice at all in the debate. 

Moms make the majority of health care decisions for their households, but many feel that health care policy makers are ignoring them.

  •  92% of Moms are responsible for their own health care decisions.
  •  65% of Moms influence health care decisions for their children.
  • 59% of Moms influence health care decisions for their spouse or partner.

While 79 percent of Moms feel that health care reform is needed, more than two-thirds (68 percent) are concerned about its cost.

Cost is a main concern for reform.

The poll shows that the main concerns about health care reform relate to cost, both now and in the future. MomshavingtroublepayingmedicalbillsThe poll found the vast majority of Moms agree that health care  reform is needed, but they are divided on whether it will change their personal situation.  Forty percent predict reform will improve their situation while  forty percent are  unsure.

Download the survey results by clicking here.

The poll of 686 Moms (U.S. women who were over 18 years of age with at least one child living in the household) was fielded in September 2009.  The poll has a margin of error of 3 percent.

To get a copy of the press release, click here.

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§ 12 Responses to WhyMomsRule.com Poll Finds Moms Feel They Are Not Represented in Health Care Reform Debate

  • Interesting… In my opinion, government-run healthcare is one step away from socialism, so I’m NOT in favor of this at all. I do believe there should/could be some beneficial reform, but the options proposed suck and are going to bring down the small business. Which, is probably why nothing has passed yet. Because the options suck. For everyone.

    And as a Mom whose dream is to be a small-business owner one day, some of the things being presented on Capitol Hill scare me. And the increase in national debt and all these “hair-brained” schemes to attemp to “stimulate” the economy are just making things worse.

    Getting off my soap box now…(I guess you know where I stand politically now!)

  • David Bohan says:

    We are not taking a political position on health reform. We only want to know how American Moms are effected by the issue.

  • David Bohan says:

    We are not taking a political position on health reform. Our survey was desinged to help us understand how Moms felt about the issue. Several media ooutlets refused to report on the survey since we did not ask participants their political party affiliation.

  • I think it’s an interesting survey and I’m glad someone thought to conduct it. As always, with something like this, one’s political views are going to shape their answers, regardless of what those political views are (just b/c you didn’t ask the question doesn’t mean there wasn’t a personal bias).

    Healthcare costs are staggering, and if we transfer the responsibility from individuals to government, our outward costs may reduce but our taxes will have to increase significantly to cover the deficit. Which is why so many moms are still concerned about the cost – it’s going to get us one way or the other.

    I really enjoy your blog and hope you continue to publish interesting (and sometimes even controversial) information. And I appreciate YOUR unbias reporting when it comes to an issue this controversial.

  • Jamie Dunham says:

    Thanks for the read. We hope to continue to report and write about issues that spark conversation.

  • Sandy Dimick says:

    I work with the uninsured, and I can tell you that a diagnosis is a death sentence. How much money do we spend fighting wars to protect our citizens? How much money do we spend on homeland security to protect our citizens? Funny how all the people against spending tax dollars to save lives, were all for spending tax dollars to go to war killing those of other nations, as well as over 3,000 of our soldiers. If we can spend money to kill, can we not spend money to save lives? The money is there, its just all about how we choose to spend it. For the blue dog democrats and the likes of Marsha Blackburn, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, who spend more of our money investigating the circumstances of our President’s birth, I say, stop putting politics before the lives of Americans. If government does not have take the responsibility of our citizens seriously, what good is it?

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  • Amazing stats! What I’m focusing in on is that only 7% of mothers feel that Congress is listening. Regardless of where mothers stand in the debate, 93% don’t feel heard. This is significant. First and foremost we need to step into our collective power! 82 million mothers is a force to be reckoned with. Marketers know it, how do we get Congress to know it?

    As a part of this, we need to focus on what unites us and take action. Can we all agree that children should have access to health care? Can we all agree that every American should have access to affordable health care? Nearly 50% of all bankruptcies are due to a medical emergency. Can we agree that small business owners should not have to go bankrupt to cover medical expenses?

    A conversation changer.
    So glad I found your site.
    In spirited partnership,
    Joellen Raderstorf
    How to integrate action into your daily life http://bit.ly/53EDCy

    • Jamie Dunham says:

      Hi Joellen. Glad to find you as well. Thanks for the read. I appreciate your point of view. We are not making a political statement but more of “know thy consumer” statement. The poll was used by a congresswoman who was interested in promoting the women’s perspective during the first round of the health care reform debate. I am hoping that more people will recognize that Mothers are the primary healthcare decision maker so thanks for helping spread the word. We are working on a follow-up report for March. Stay tuned.

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