Covering Uninsured US Residents Top Health-Related Issue Among Democratic Voters

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Providing health coverage to the uninsured is the most importanthealth-related issue for presidential candidates to address amongDemocrats and Independents, while most Republicans say containingmedical costs is most important, according to a recent Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive poll, the Wall Street Journalreports.

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For the poll, Harris Interactive conducted an online survey ofa nationwide cross section of 2,185 adults from Sept. 10 to Sept. 12.The survey sought to determine how much U.S. residents trustpolicymakers to develop solutions for improving and reforming healthcare.

According to the poll, 39% of U.S. adults trustDemocrats "a great deal" or "to some extent" to develop good healthcare policies, compared with 26% of adults who trust Republicans.However, trust for both parties has declined since February, the pollfound.

In addition, 69% of Democrats and 55% of Republicans believe thehealth care system would be better if health coverage was not linkeddirectly to employers, according to the poll. Eighty-two percent ofDemocrats said it is the federal government's responsibility to ensurecoverage for U.S. residents, compared with 47% of Republicans and 66%of Independents (Bright, Wall Street Journal, 9/19).

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