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Health care costs: A public opinion disconnect

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One little-noticed finding in today’s wave of political polls: Americans just aren’t that concerned with our rising health care costs.

Only 6 percent consider “health care costs” the most important issue facing the country in Politico’s new Battleground Poll. Over in the WSJ/NBC survey, only 20 percent say it’s okay for the congressional debt “supercommittee” to touch Medicare as it looks for more than $1 trillion in savings.

This all feels like the perfect opportunity to remind America of a certain graph, pretty clearly showing that we might want to get a little more concerned:

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