According to Kaiser’s first election ’08 tracking poll, health care reform ranks as the second most important issue for the government after the Iraq war. Overall, half of the public (52%) say they would like to see candidates propose a major new health plan that would provide coverage to all or nearly all Americans and would involve a substantial increase in spending. There are big party differences in these views, with Democrats far more likely than Republicans (66% vs. 38%) to favor a bigger plan that costs more. Independents fell in the middle at 52%.
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