Healthcare ranked third among issues most important to Americans, behind the economy and the Iraq war, according to a poll for Ceasefire on Health Care, a group promoting incremental healthcare reform. Of the 800 "likely voters" polled, 25% said healthcare was the most important campaign issue to them personally, 28% identified Iraq as most important, and 32% chose jobs and the economy. The likely voters said their top four healthcare issues were ensuring basic healthcare for all children (85%); guaranteeing healthcare for all Americans (74%); improving preventive care (73%); and controlling out-of-pocket-costs (70%). Two-thirds said Congress has made little or no progress on the uninsured in the past five to 10 years, and 65% said they don't expect much progress in the next five to 10 years. -- by Tony Fong
Healthcare trails economy, Iraq in importance to voters
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