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NU Online News Service, Oct. 31, 9:41 a.m. – Washington insiders say that health care and prescription drugs should be one of the top priorities for the next Congress, behind the economy and national security, but ahead of other domestic issues like taxes, education and corporate accountability, according to a survey released by the Health Insurance Association of America, Washington.

The Health Insurance Association of America recently surveyed senior-level trade association executives and lobbyists.

Almost three-fourths of those surveyed see rising health care costs as an “important” concern for the voters in the November elections.

Seventy-four percent of those asked ranked the economy and jobs as one of the top two priorities for the president and the Congress, while 58% listed terrorism and national security.

Health care and prescription drugs ranked third with 28%, ahead of taxes and spending (13%), education (12%) and corporate accountability (7%).

When asked to rate legislative proposals that may succeed in the next Congress, respondents gave prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients, reforming tax laws to remove the marriage penalty, and expanding health insurance programs for children the best chance of passage.

But those surveyed believe that even these proposals have limited prospects, indicating D.C. opinion leaders expect continued legislative stalemate, according to the Health Association of America.