Being the third highest "top priority" is hardly synonymous with being a minor issue -- certainly not when considering that when NBC/WSJ tallied the respondent's first and second priorities, health care shot up to a tie for second place, at 32 percent. Moreover, a Time Magazine poll released around the same time, found that nearly 70 percent of the public said it was very or somewhat important Congress and the President pass major health reform in the next few months.
Later in the MSNBC interview, King acknowledged that when people are asked if they want health care reform, "they will say yes." "But then what you talk about what health care means it is not what President Obama wants." Here too, however, he was off base. According to the same NBC/WSJ poll that he referenced earlier, 56 percent of respondents said they favor a health care plan along the lines of what the president supported; 38 percent opposed it.
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