SOURCE: Information Strategies, Inc.

January 23, 2007 11:08 ET

Positive Initial Reaction to Bush Health Plan Proposals

RIDGEFIELD, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 23, 2007 -- 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 President’s staff released details of the proposal.

Essentially the President’s 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 President’s 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, ISI’s 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 seems 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 President’s speech.”

Follow-up telephone interviews indicated many respondents felt that something needed to be done to reduce healthcare costs.

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About Information Strategies, Inc.

Information Strategies, Inc. (ISI) is a media and marketing company serving small and medium-size businesses as a management information source, and large corporations as an advisor and marketing channel. The staff has a particular expertise in the Health Savings Account area because of its surveys and analysis and serves that sector with its online website, Ms. Laing is the author of two books on HSAs.

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