Post-Election Survey: The Public and the Health Care Agenda for the New Administration and Congress

This Kaiser Family Foundation-Harvard School of Public Health survey, conducted immediately after the 2000 Presidential election, finds that health care issues ranked near the top of voters priorities for spending the surplus. Medicare ranked among the top three priorities, along with education and Social Security, and ahead of paying off the national debt and cutting taxes. Education ranked first. The survey also found that voters support patients rights legislation and some action to help the uninsured. However, the survey found wide differences between Republican and Democratic voters that will complicate the ability of the next President and Congress to forge any consensus on health care priorities.

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