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Americans mixed on health insurance changes

Posted On Tue, November 17, 2009

A recent Associated Press poll shows that Americans are closely split when it comes to Democratic plans to expand health insurance, though more people oppose it than support it.

The poll shows that 43 percent of respondents are against the healthcare plans being debated in Congress, while 41 percent said they are in favor. Another 15 percent said they were undecided on the matter.

"When poll questions were framed broadly, the answers seemed to indicate ample support for Obama's goals," the AP noted. "When required trade-offs were brought into the equation, opinions shifted - sometimes dramatically."

For example, 67 percent said they agreed with a requirement that would make everyone get at least some form of health insurance. However, when presented with the idea that a penalty would be enforced on those who don't have coverage, 64 percent said they would not support it.

The current overhaul of health insurance was recently passed by the House and will be considered in the Senate. If passed, it would represent one of the largest changes to the industry since the creation of Medicare.

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