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Survey Finds Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe Special Interests Hindering Health Care Reform
Date:9/15/2009

78 percent of Americans see pharmaceutical industry deals as harmful

BERKLEY, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Greenlining Institute (www.greenlining.org) today reacted to a survey conducted by the Lombardo Consulting Group which shows that Americans are losing confidence in the health care reform process (available here.) The national poll found that an overwhelming number of poll respondents believe that "side deals" between Washington decision makers and the pharmaceutical industry have "seriously compromised efforts to enact real reform of the health care system."

The poll, conducted during the last week of August, showed that nearly 8 out of 10 registered voters, 78 percent, believe that the role pharmaceutical companies and other special interest groups have played in the reform debate thus far has seriously compromised the process and potential outcomes of the reform effort.

"In last week's address to Congress and the nation, President Obama made clear that real health care reform should not be at the mercy of special interests," said Hector Javier Preciado, Health Policy Director for The Greenlining Institute. "It is critical that those in Washington work first and foremost to ensure expanded access to affordable medicine and health care for all without driving up costs or bowing to special interest groups. True reform cannot be accomplished if Washington is not on the side of the American public."

The survey also revealed that the overwhelming majority of respondents, 63 percent, believe that taking control of the rising cost of
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