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Health reform law gaining in popularity

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 12, 2010

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Although Americans remain divided on the national health reform law, slightly fewer are now undecided and slightly more support it, according to a June Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.

Forty-eight percent of respondents rated the law favorably, an increase of seven percentage points since May and two percentage points higher than in April. Also, the percentage of undecided people decreased to 10%, a four-percentage point drop since May.

Health care remains an important issue for likely voters, but it's not the most important one, the poll found. Twenty-nine percent named either the economy or unemployment as their top concerns, 13% said dissatisfaction with the government, and only 12% said health care.

The White House and congressional Democrats have been promoting the benefits of health reform since the law was enacted in March, including through a June 8 tele-town hall meeting focused on Medicare and health reform. President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took questions that day from around the country.

The Kaiser poll results are available online (link).

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/07/12/gvbf0712.htm.

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