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Health Care in the 2008 Presidential Primaries

This analysis find that the sharply contrasting health care platforms of the leading Democratic and Republican presidential candidates reflect dramatic differences in the perspectives of their primary voters. The article analyzes a newly released Kaiser/Harvard survey of likely primary voters in 35 states (and the District of Columbia) with January or February primaries or caucuses, as well as data from 10 other recent surveys by national media polling organizations.

The article, “Health Care in the 2008 Presidential Primaries,” was written by Harvard School of Public Health Professor of Health Policy Robert J. Blendon, Sc.D.; Kaiser Family Foundation President Drew E. Altman, Ph.D.; Kaiser Associate Director of Public Opinion and Media Research Claudia Deane, M.A.; Harvard Opinion Research Program Managing Director John M. Benson, M.A.; Kaiser Director of Public Opinion and Media Research Mollyann Brodie, Ph.D.; and Harvard Opinion Research Program Assistant Director Tami Buhr, A.M. It was published in the Jan. 24 New England Journal of Medicine.

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