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Vox Populi

Vox Populi

April 21, 2005

Today, the Affordable Care Today! Coalition (formerly the Massachusetts Heatlh Reform Coalition) released a poll conducted by respected pollster Tom Kiley on attitudes of Massachusetts voters toward health reform. See the results by clicking here. Among the key results, health care has moved from the third most important issue in the public's mind in November 2003 to the first ranked issue in March 2005. While voters are not favorably disposed toward most tax increases, they support increased tobacco taxes and assessing employers who don't provide health coverage to their workers. As we all know, public attitudes can be fickle, and one poll is only one poll. Still, there has been remarkable consistency since the late 1980s on the issue of employer responsibility to cover their workers -- between 2/3 and 3/4 of the public agrees.