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Results of Arizona KidCare Survey

The Clinton Health Security Act is being enacted incrementally. First, there was Kennedy-Kassebaum, which turned all "health care offenses" into a federal crime, using language taken directly from the Clinton plan. Now, there is KidCare, which was the fallback strategy clearly outlined in the documents of the Health Care Task Force, released as a result of the lawsuit Association of American Physicians and Surgeons v. Clinton.

The Clinton Plan explicitly called for school-based clinics as a means to implement the National Education Goals in Goals 2000. KidCare programs generally rely heavily on paramedical personnel and school-based clinics.

This year, the Arizona legislature will be debating the enactment of KidCare in our State. This promises to be a divisive issue. We believe the Arizona Medical Association will lobby heavily in favor of KidCare. We would like to know your opinion. We'd appreciate your returning this questionnaire by mail or FAX.

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SA means strongly agree; A means agree; N means no opinion; D means disagree; SD means strongly disagree. 351 responses to survey.

1. KidCare is a new entitlement.
SA: 192 (54.7%), A: 71 (20.2%), N: 40 (11.4%), D: 13 (3.7%), SD: 24 (6.8%)

2. It would be foolish to turn down $113,000,000 in federal money even if we have to spend $36,000,000 more in state funds.
SA: 64 (18.2%), A: 48 (13.7%), N: 39 (11.1%), D: 74 (21.1%), SD: 115 (32.8%)

3. The persons paying the $36,000,000 in taxes will be different from the ones receiving the $113,000,000.
SA: 165 (47.0%), A: 104 (29.6%), N: 33 (9.4%), D: 17 (4.8%), SD: 20 (5.7%)

4. The number of children insured under private plans will decrease if a federally funded program is available.?
SA: 90 (25.6%), A: 114 (32.5%), N: 46 (13.1%), D: 50 (14.3%), SD: 40 (11.4%)

5. Accepting federal KidCare money will strengthen the hold of managed care and make it even more difficult for independent physicians to survive.
SA: 148 (42.2%), A: 87 (24.8%), N: 50 (14.3%), D: 34 (9.7%), SD: 24 (6.8%)

6. If all (or almost all) the other states are accepting federal money, Arizona should not forego its share.
SA: 46 (13.1%), A: 55 (15.7%), N: 44 (12.5%), D: 87 (24.8%), SD: 106 (30.2%)

7. Children will get better medical care if KidCare money comes to Arizona.
SA: 39 (11.1%), A: 45 (12.8%), N: 71 (20.2%), D: 76 (21.7%), SD: 109 (31.1%)

8. Parents will have more say in their children's medical care if they are insured under KidCare.
SA: 16 (4.6%), A: 21 (6.0%), N: 45 (12.8%), D: 106 (30.2%), SD: 152 (43.3%)

9. Accepting federal dollars means accepting federal control.
SA: 202 (57.6%), A: 85 (24.2%), N: 16 (4.6%), D: 23 (6.6%), SD: 19 (5.4%)

10. Accepting federal dollars means empowering special interest groups.
SA: 165 (47.0%), A: 99 (28.2%), N: 34 (9.7%), D: 25 (7.1%), SD: 20 (5.7%)

11. Under KidCare, more medical care will be delivered in school-based clinics by paramedical personnel.
SA: 128 (36.5%), A: 138 (39.3%), N: 41 (11.7%), D: 13 (3.7%), SD: 13 (3.7%)

12. Parents cannot be trusted to make the best decisions about their children's medical care; government supervision is needed.
SA: 6 (1.7%), A: 12 (3.4%), N: 19 (5.4%), D: 81 (23.1%), SD: 223 (63.5%)

13. Government subsidies to medical care have tended to increase costs.
SA: 170 (48.4%), A: 101 (28.8%), N: 28 (8.0%), D: 32 (9.1%), SD: 12 (3.4%)

14. Once programs such as KidCare are enacted, the legislature has little control over the actual functioning of the program.
SA: 127 (36.2%), A: 118 (33.6%), N: 44 (12.5%), D: 36 (10.3%), SD: 17 (4.8%)

15. I am in favor of bringing KidCare dollars into Arizona.
SA: 39 (11.1%), A: 49 (14.0%), N: 44 (12.5%), D: 63 (18.0%), SD: 146 (41.6%)

16. KidCare should be rejected even if doctors' income increases with its adoption.
SA: 125 (35.6%), A: 76 (21.7%), N: 50 (14.3%), D: 47 (13.4%), SD: 42 (12.0%)