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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

s attribute the delays in passing health care reform to political gamesmanship, with 59 percent saying the delays are "more about both sides playing politics" and 25 percent saying they are "more about Republicans and Democrats having disagreements."  This sentiment runs the political gamut, with 61 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of independents and 53 percent of Republicans fingering political considerations as the primary reason for the delays.

The large majority of Democrats reported feeling frustration and disappointment about the legislation being stalled, as did a narrow majority of independents.  Most Republicans reported feeling "relieved."

Moving Forward from Here

The poll shows that after a long and intense debate, the public has mixed views about how quickly and how comprehensively to move on reform, but relatively few hope the matter is dropped altogether.  Overall, 32 percent hope Congress will send some version of the House and Senate's comprehensive overhaul legislation to the president, and another 20 percent support pulling out some key provisions on which there is broad agreement and just passing those.  Another 22 percent would rather Congress put health care on hold and deal with other priorities.  And a similar percentage (19%) would like to pull the plug on health care reform for 2010.
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SOURCE Henry J. Kaiser Foundation
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