When asked “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields — very high, high, average, low, or very low?” people placed nurses, pharmacists and medical doctors at the very top as most trust worthy. At the bottom of the list, they ranked lowest in trust worthiness, Car salesman as least trust worthy and members of congress second to least trust worthy. HMO managers and Senators were also in the lowest quartile, along with Lawyers and Governors.
It is no wonder, then, that we are having such a difficult time implementing healthcare reform. It seems people value, need and trust healthcare and its direct practitioners, but are leery of politicians and bureaucrats.
Ironically, it can be said that healthcare reform has been designed and promoted by politicians. No wonder then!