The public remains unenthusiastic about health care legislation, a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed Tuesday.
The nationwide Feb. 11-16 survey found a 43-43 split when people were asked if they favored or opposed health care legislation. President Barack Obama will host a bipartisan health care summit Thursday.
The good news for his effort is that huge majorities want specific changes, such as providing tax credits to small businesses and creating a health insurance exchange, or marketplace, where consumers can more easily shop for coverage.
But the public is also impatient. Thirty-two percent said lawmakers should move soon to pass legislation--but 22 percent urged Congress to put the issue on hold and try to deal with it later in the year. Another 19 percent said Congress should stop working on health care altogether, and 20 percent urged working on only a few key provisions.
To read more about the poll: http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/posr022310nr.cfm