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.