Discontent over health insurance in California is growing, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday the 22nd of August, 2007.
The survey found that 69% of Californians are dissatisfied with the current system. That was a substantial increase from last December, when 44% reported that they were not happy.
Even among voters who identify themselves as conservative, only a third believe that California should rely on the free market to improve the healthcare system.
Though those results indicate more momentum for change, the poll also found that the solution favored by Democratic legislators and Schwarzenegger -- to build on the existing framework of private, job-based insurance and government programs -- has lost popularity.
Only 33% of respondents supported that approach, down from 52% in December.
The idea of scrapping private insurance altogether and enacting a state-run program -- an idea championed by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) in the Legislature and Michael Moore in his film "SiCKO" -- has gained support: The poll found that 36% of Californians now prefer this approach, up from 24% nine months ago.
Schwarzenegger, however, reiterated his opposition Wednesday.
"It's very clear people don't like government running their healthcare system," he said.