Healthcare trailed only Iraq and the economy among voters' concerns during election week, edging ahead of both the "war on terror" and "moral values," according to a poll conducted for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Consumers appeared to rank healthcare in general and prescription drug prices as higher domestic priorities than Medicare or Social Security, according to the poll by Public Opinion Strategies and Peter D. Hart Research Associates. More than two-thirds of respondents said Congress should move closer within the next two years to assuring that every American has access to healthcare coverage and affordable prescription drugs. The factors most often cited as contributing to rising healthcare costs were prescription drugs (60%), hospital care (51%) and medical malpractice insurance and lawsuits (48%). Read the report. -- by Jeff Tieman
For many, healthcare top domestic priority: survey
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