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Health care the top issue for Florida voters

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Health care the top issue for Florida voters

More than the economy, immigration and gun reform, health care is the number one issue for Republicans and Democrats heading to the polls in Florida this November. According to a new tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), 59 percent of Florida residents want to expand Medicaid, but voters differ on specific issues. [Source: WLRN] From KFF:

A majority of voters – nationally, in battleground areas with competitive elections, and in Florida and Nevada – say health care is “very important” in making their voting decisions for Congress this year, and at least a quarter choose health care as the “most important issue,” topping all other issues. Health care costs unite voters nationally and in the bellwether states, with voters offering costs as the top health care issue in this election.

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