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Public more supportive of health care reform than lawmakers

Some lawmakers are questioning whether there is enough legislative support to overhaul health care, but the public appears to strongly support it. Seventy-two percent of Americans surveyed support a government-administered insurance plan that would compete with private insurers, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. Americans also believe that the government would be much better than private insurance at providing medical coverage and holding down health care costs, and 57 percent of those surveyed said that they would be willing to pay higher taxes so that all Americans could have health care.

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