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Not all who oppose health reform law want it repealed

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 27, 2010

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Though 45% of Americans disapprove of the health reform law, only 32% favor its repeal, according to a Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection poll of 1,000 adults conducted Sept. 9-12.

The numbers vary widely, though, when broken down by party affiliation. Most Republicans who were polled -- 63% -- said the national health reform law should be repealed, but only 8% of Democrats polled agreed. Independents mirrored the public as a whole: 48% opposed the law and about a third said the law should be repealed. The poll is available online (link).

Meanwhile, Rep. Gene Taylor (D, Miss.) on Sept. 16 became the first Democrat to sign a petition that would force a House floor vote on a bill to repeal the national health reform law. The petition needs 218 House members' signatures for the bill to go to the floor. At this article's deadline, 173 members had signed it, Taylor said in a statement. Taylor, elected to Congress in 1989, is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrats.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/09/27/gvbf0927.htm.

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