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New Poll Exploring Reform Opinions Shows Americans Divided In Complex Ways

Public opinion on Congress' attempt at reforming America's health care system is split in nonpartisan, complex ways on many of the issues, USA Today reports. "Analysis of a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll finds views on what priority to emphasize, how fast to act and what's important to protect vary and sometimes conflict depending on a person's age and region of the country, whether he or she has insurance, and is healthy or ailing."

Seniors make up the most resistant to change on proposed cuts to Medicare spending and about "planning for 'end-of-life' care," USA Today reports. Fewer than half of seniors want reform enacted this year. And, there are "significant differences on what the key goal of a health care overhaul should be. Two-thirds of blacks and six in 10 Hispanics say it should be expanding coverage to the uninsured, but six in 10 whites say controlling costs" (Page, 8/10).

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