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Poll shows fears grow about health care plan, but people want action



WASHINGTON

Fears about President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul increased significantly in December, according to a new poll released as the legislation’s future hangs in doubt.

The monthly poll out this week from the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation measured consumers’ views of how a remake would affect their own finances and access to care, among other things.

It was conducted between Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, in the run-up to the Senate’s Christmas Eve passage of sweeping health care legislation that brought Congress closer than ever before to enacting a comprehensive revamp of the nation’s medical system. That effort was cast into turmoil last week when a GOP victory in Massachusetts’ special Senate election robbed Democrats of their filibuster proof supermajority.

The survey shows a majority are following the health care debate in Congress — and their trepidation is evidently growing as they do.

Nonetheless, people still think that Obama should address the issue as part of dealing with the nation’s economic slump, although the percentage of people who say that it’s very important for Obama to do so has slipped from 56 percent in the survey conducted in September, to 49.5 percent in this month’s report.


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