Majority of Democrats, Republicans, Don’t Understand Obama Health Care Proposal

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A large majority of Americans (of both political parties) say they find Democrats’ health care reform plan confusing, and that President Obama has failed to clearly explain the proposal

About 67 percent of those questioned in a new CBS News poll said they don’t understand the reforms. Sixty-nine percent of Republicans find the new reforms confusing as do 58 percent of Democrats.

The poll comes at the end of the month in which health care headlines were dominated by words like “death” and “panel.” This weekend, Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexandr concluded that “of roughly 80 A-section stories on health-care reform since July 1, all but about a dozen focused on political maneuvering or protests.”

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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