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Poll shows support for public health insurance

DES MOINES (AP) -- More than half of Iowans support a public health insurance plan, and almost half of the state's residents who aren't already insured say they would consider enrolling.

The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, conducted March 30 to April 1 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, showed 56 percent of Iowans support creation of a public plan, 37 percent oppose the idea and 7 percent are unsure.

Supporters say the program could function like Medicare, where the government organizes and sells insurance coverage. But opponents worry that the government plan would undercut private insurance holders, force health-care rationing and discourage innovation.

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