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Americans Remain Split on Stalled Health Care Legislation, but Some Provisions Popular Among Majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans
Date:2/22/2010

More and Less Popular Provisions

Given a list of various elements of health care reform, more than two-thirds of the public overall said it was either "extremely" or "very important" that these changes be passed into law:  reforming the way health insurance works ( 76%), providing tax credits to small businesses (72%), creating a health insurance exchange (71%), helping close the Medicare "doughnut hole" (71%), expanding high-risk insurance pools (70%), and providing financial help for lower- and middle-income people (68%). At the bottom of the list, though still receiving significant levels of support, were measures to allow insurers to sell policies across state lines (50%) or to limit future increases in Medicare provider payments (46%).

The February Tracking Poll did not examine public opinion on the full range of measures to finance health reform or the public option; subjects which have been addressed comprehensively in previous tracking polls.

All Sides Point to Politics as the Reason for the Delay in Passing Health Reform

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SOURCE Henry J. Kaiser Foundation
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