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Voters Want Healthcare Reform Changes, Not Repeal

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The news isn’t great for Democrats who supported the healthcare reform overhaul: a majority of likely voters in the November midterm elections still aren’t big fans of the legislation. Republicans counting on an electoral sweep shouldn’t be too happy either; the wholesale repeal of the bill they have been pushing for isn’t very popular either.

Then, what does the American public want? According to a poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, a majority would vote for a candidate that is willing to give the law a chance to work, but fix and improve it. Independent voters are especially open to that strategy by a 57%-40% margin. Although they’re still skeptical that the law will have a positive impact and make affordable health insurance more widely available, just 42% prefer the hypothetical candidate that would go back to the drawing board and repeal the current legislation.

Indeed, last month’s special election in Pennsylvania seems to confirm this viewpoint. The Democratic candidate, who expressed similar views (he would have voted against the bill, but looks to make improvements to what is now law), defeated the Republican candidate who sought total repeal.

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