Talking Health Care at the Polls

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We asked voters in and around Boston today:

1) if health care was a deciding factor in their choice for President?
2) what is their main health care concern?
3) did the candidates address it?

Here are some comments...

"I don't want government telling me what kind of coverage I have to have or even that I have to buy health insurance. I want more choices and less government interference."
"Universal coverage is very important to me, but my real worry is cost; will I be able to afford health insurance for my family. Maybe I missed it, but I don't think either candidate said much about costs."
"Health Care has to be affordable or there is no point in having it. Both candidates are not being realistic about how much their plans will cost."
"I'm paying too much for health insurance; it's crazy. But I'm mostly worried right now about how to heat my house and keep food on the table."
"The health care problem is going to require an enormous amount effort to fix and the 700 billion dollar tax bailout means now that nothing will be done."
"We do not believe in national health care. It is a road to mediocrity and more bureaucracy and we have enough of that already."
“I believe everyone should have health care. I think Obama has a shot at making that happen.”

This program aired on November 4, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

Martha Bebinger Twitter Reporter
Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR.




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