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11/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reuters Health Care Poll: Most Americans Would Pay Higher Taxes For Reform

Contrary to conventional wisdom, most Americans would pay higher taxes to fund health care reform, according to a new Reuters poll.

Sixty-three percent of respondents told the pollster they were willing to pay more for reform, even though most were skeptical that the government would deliver.

"There's skepticism that the government can deliver value," said Gary Perkins, Thomson Reuters' chief research officer for health care and science.

"But underlying this is a fairly strong belief that people are entitled to the best healthcare," Perkins added. "This is a value statement: that people are entitled not just to good but to the best healthcare. And people are willing to pay for it."

While more Democrats were amenable to the idea of paying more for effective reform, overall the willingness cut across party lines. Seventy-eight percent of Democrats willing to accept higher taxes, compared to 64 percent of independents and 48 percent of Republicans.

A Kaiser poll released on Tuesday found that support for health care reform has increased since September. However, the poll also found that Americans didn't think they had enough of a voice in the debate. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that Congress was paying too little attention to what people like them were saying.

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