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Health Care Reform: News and Public Opinion

T his chapter examines the role that news and public opinion played in the health reform campaign. It also provides a general evaluation of the campaign and the nation's debate about health reform.


News Determinants News played an important role in the agenda-building process. It provided the public with most of its information about the health care debate. The news was also the arena in which elite groups sought to influence one another, as well as the American public.