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Is Anybody Listening? Public Feels Shut Out of Health Care Debate

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Despite town hall meetings, national addresses, and campaign-style appeals across the country, the public feels "profoundly" left out of the national debate on health care reform, according to a new poll by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

"Most people don't feel that they personally have a voice in this debate," said Mollyann Brodie, director of public opinion and survey research for the Kaiser Family Foundation. "In fact, 71 percent told us that Congress was paying too little attention to what people like them were saying."

See more details of the survey here.

This program aired on September 30, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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