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Poll: Obama, Clinton health plans have troubling parallels

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The public’s view of President Obama’s healthcare plan is strikingly similar to how voters reacted to President Bill Clinton’s failed efforts to reform healthcare in 1993 and 1994, a new poll shows.

Voters today are roughly as familiar with Mr. Obama’s plan as voters were with the health are proposals in June 1994, with more than 60 percent saying they knew some aspects of the plans, according to a new national survey by the firm Public Opinion Strategies.

In June 1994, 23 percent of those surveyed said they favored the Clinton plan. This August, 25 percent say they favor Obama’s proposals. In 1994, 23 percent favored the reform plans Bill and Hillary Clinton were trying to sell. Some 25 percent favor what Obama has traveled the country to support.

Healthcare plans a hard sell

“The data is hauntingly similar to what we saw in 1994,” said Bill McInturff, a partner in Public Opinion strategies, a firm that serves Republicans, in a statement. “President Obama is learning the same lesson that the Clintons learned: Too much government intervention in the healthcare system can alienate more voters than it attracts.”

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