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Americas remain largely divided on the merits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but a recent poll shows widespread support for the concept of universal health care, with most expressing a belief that access to health care is a moral issue. 

A nationwide survey conducted by Harris Poll and HealthDay found that 84 percent of Americans believe that providing a system that ensures the care of the country’s sick is a moral issue, compared to 16 percent who disagree. Even three-quarters of Republicans, typically more skeptical of social welfare policies, agree that it is a moral issue, along with 91 percent of Democrats.  

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