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Brad O'Leary: New Poll: Health Care Issues Loom Large for 2010 Elections
Date:9/22/2009

Recently the O'Leary Report newsletter teamed up with Zogby International to poll voters in competitive House and Senate 2010 elections on various health care reform issues. The results show that incumbent senators and representatives may want to proceed with extreme caution on health care.

(PRWEB) September 22, 2009 -- Recently the O'Leary Report newsletter teamed up with Zogby International to poll voters in competitive House and Senate 2010 elections on various health care reform issues. The results show that incumbent senators and representatives may want to proceed with extreme caution on health care.

A top-to-bottom, government-run health care system is clearly not popular with 2010 voters. Fifty-eight percent of voters in states with competitive 2010 Senate races oppose the creation of a government-run health care system, or "single-payer" system, where the federal government pays for and provides health care for all Americans. Fifty-five percent of voters in competitive 2010 House districts oppose a "single-payer" system.

Less popular with 2010 voters is a key provision in Sen. Max Baucus', D-Mont., recently unveiled health care bill that would require all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a hefty fine. A clear majority of voters in competitive Senate races (68 percent) oppose such a provision, as do 70 percent of voters in competitive House races.

Also unpopular is the so-called "employer mandate," which would require large and small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees or face a fine. Fifty-nine percent of voters in competitive Senate races oppose the "employer mandate," as do 60 percent of voters in competitive House races.

President Obama's proposal for a new government agency called the "Independent Medicare Advisory Council," which some fear would use its powe
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