Americans' Views of Health Care Steady This Year

By: AP Staff
By: AP Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The public apparently didn't follow Congress' dramatic swings when it came to the health care debate.

A report by the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggests the public's views have largely stayed steady this year.

According to an average of monthly polls conducted since April, 82 percent said a health care overhaul is important for recharging the economy. The November reading counts 77 percent of the more than 500 responders agreeing with the connection.

A researcher with the foundation says that "Peoples' health care concerns are most affected by their personal circumstances, and not as much by what's going on in Washington."

After an up and down battle, Senate Democrats are on the cusp of pushing through the measure meant to expand coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.

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