HEALTH CARE IN THE ELECTION.
Despite its prominence as an issue in the 2000 presidential
election, health care ranked behind other issues of concern to American
voters. A post-election poll conducted by the Health Insurance
Association of America showed that voters were more concerned about
Social Security, education, abortion, taxes, and the economy than they
were about health care. When health care was examined as an issue, Al
Gore's HMO reform and prescription drug plans were perceived more
positively by American voters than the plans of George W. Bush. The
Health Insurance Association of America is a 300-member trade
association that represents the private health care system.