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Fear of Change Paralyzes Health-Care Reform

Fear of Change Paralyzes Health-Care Reform

The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

September 28, 2009

“Our reactions to health-care reform — whether we are for or against the current health-care bill, whether the bill truly will improve our health-care situation or not — are also often rooted in our childhood fears,” said Judith Barr, a Connecticut psychotherapist and author.

She said people need to work through their fears before they can “see the facts and solutions to our nation’s health-care issues clearly.”

It’s also been difficult for government leaders to convince people who are happy with their health care to support changing the entire system.

“Obama is saying if we go the current route of health care, things won’t be good in five to 10 years,” Petty said. "But to get them to change before the disaster hits is difficult.

“That’s a hard sell because people can’t see the problem in front of their eyes.”

Most people fear the unknown and assume change will be bad, a researcher said.


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