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The forgotten issue?


These days, the campaign news all seems to be about Sarah Palin, Fannie and Freddie and, of course, the economy. But it wasn?? so long ago that health-care was the hot topic.

Chances are, it?? still out there: A CBS News/New York Times poll dated Aug. 20 ?the latest we could find — found that health-care tied with terrorism and national security among the issues most important to voters, trailing the economy and jobs, and a second-place tie between the Iraq war and gas prices.

For those still wondering how the candidates' health policies might affect them or their companies, Reuters offers a rundown, tackling how they would address the uninsured, improving care and lowering costs.

A CNN poll released yesterday, which suggested the candidates broadly offset one another's convention bounces, finds Obama still has the edge on this issue, with 56% of respondents saying he would "better handle" health-care than McCain, at 39%. That's down slightly from the week of the Democratic convention, but hovering around the levels seen in July and April.

It may not provide much lasting consolation to Obama voters: During roughly the same period in September 2004, John Kerry led George W. Bush 53% to 40% on the same question.


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