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AP poll finds Americans evenly divided on impact, benefits of health-reform law

BY Jim Frederick

WASHINGTON Seven months after President Obama signed the massive health-reform bill into law, Americans remain deeply divided over the controversial overhaul and its potential benefits, a new poll from the Associated Press and the GfK Group revealed.

 

In a mid-October survey of 1,501 adults, AP-Gfk found the nation evenly split over whether the law should be overturned or made even stronger. But also significant is the fact that only 15% of Americans would leave the health-reform law — thus far the key legislative accomplishment of the Obama administration — as it currently stands.

 

 

Among the 846 poll respondents who said they likely would vote in the November congressional elections, 37% said the law should be completely repealed, according to AP. Not surprisingly, opposition among Tea Party supporters was strongest, with more than 70% of respondents who describe themselves as Tea Party enthusiasts saying they would scrap health reform.

 

 

Despite the opposition, 36% of those polled had a very different view, telling surveyors “they want to revise the law so it does more to change the healthcare system,” the news service reported Friday. That means “Tea Party enthusiasm for repeal has failed to catch on with other groups,” according to AP, “which may be a problem for Republicans vowing to strike down Obama’s signature accomplishment if they gain control of Congress in the Nov. 2 elections.”

 

 

Among the top concerns about the new law expressed by survey respondents: a requirement that most Americans carry some type of public or private health insurance, beginning in 2014. Some told researchers the law does little to address rising health spending.

 

Older Americans also expressed concern over the plan to help fund the health overhaul in part by cutting spending for Medicare. Some poll respondents also asserted the need for a public-health plan option to compete with private insurers and to help hold down costs, a plan that was eliminated from the original bill before its passage in Congress.

 

Support for health reform is strongest among women and younger voters, according to AP.

 

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New Greenies dog treats boost joint health

BY Allison Cerra

NASHVILLE, Tenn. A new line of dog treats is designed to maintain dogs’ healthy mobility.

Greenies JointCare Treats are for daily use and help to protect the mobility of adult dogs of all ages and sizes by nourishing healthy joints. The treats contain green-lipped mussel, which reportedly have a beneficial effect on canine joint health. Such nutrients found in green-lipped mussel include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins E and C, glucosamine, chondroitin and other amino acids.

Greenies JointCare Treats are available in two sizes for small/medium and large dogs at pet specialty products retailers.

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Centrum invites women to ‘take back’ time

BY Allison Cerra

MADISON, N.J. Multivitamin maker Centrum is encouraging women to pledge an hour toward an activity that is important to them.

According to a recent Centrum survey, 3-out-of-4 women don’t have enough time in the day to do everything they would like. In response to this, Centrum has launched a new website, LoveFeelingHealthy.com, which gives women the opportunity to win prizes that allow them "take back" time to do something they love. The site also offers users the ability to download a coupon for $3 off their next purchase of Centrum Women’s or Centrum Men’s vitamins to help achieve better health and energy to enjoy life. The promotion is in line with daylight saving time, which occurs on Nov. 7.

"Our survey shows that women’s lifestyles are suffering from lack of energy and time. We know that it’s important for women to live healthy and well-balanced lifestyles so they can do all the activities on their to-do lists," said Tiffany McLaud, franchise lead for dietary supplements at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, maker of Centrum. "Centrum, along with a healthy lifestyle, can help women find the energy to enjoy life to the fullest."

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