To many, health care is more important this election cycle than ever. It's considered to be the second most important issue in the presidential election, topped only by the economy. In fact, it's the most interest the issue has received since 1992, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"The economy dominates most voters' thinking in terms of their priorities for choosing a candidate," says study co-author Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard School of Public Health. "But in a close election, the two candidates' stands on health care issues could help swing the balance among some voters."

It's not much of a surprise: The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has in part defined President Obama's presidency, but it's also confused and divided a nation. And along with it, issues like Medicare and women's reproductive rights have also taken the spotlight.

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