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New Research Suggests Most Are Willing to Make Tradeoffs and Would Embrace Comprehensive Health Care Reform
Date:8/6/2009

d that these topics could be used as an effective starting point to engage the public and open the door to addressing other more complex issues.

"For decades, lawmakers have focused primarily on the debate among vested and represented interest groups, and have not developed ways to engage in meaningful conversations with the American public," said Sterling Speirn, the president and chief executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "Substantive dialogue with the public about health care is not only feasible, it is essential if we are to advance health care that the public will embrace in the United States."

Today's Voices for Health Care report indicates that engaging Americans from diverse political and socioeconomic backgrounds can substantially increase public support for meaningful health care reform. It provides specific insights and a useful starting point that leaders can adopt to ensure that the thoughtful voices of everyday Americans on health care reform are heard in Washington. The report can be accessed at http://voicesforhealthcare.org/. You can also view the project video at http://voicesforhealthcare.org/the-project/choicedialogues-video-highlight/.

INSIGHTS FOR LEADERS

The Voices for Health Care report suggests a number of insights to help leaders and others build public trust and support for significant health care reform during the August recess and beyond.

  1. Start with areas where there is significant common ground. The research revealed "low-hanging fruit" that
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