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Public cooling to healthcare reform as debate drags on, poll finds

Washington Post, December 16, 2009

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the public generally fearful that a revamped healthcare system would bring higher costs while worsening the quality of their care. A bare majority of Americans still believe government action is needed to control runaway healthcare costs and expand coverage to the roughly 46 million people without insurance. But after a year of national debate, there is minimal public enthusiasm for the kind of comprehensive changes in healthcare now under consideration, the poll found.