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Veterans’ health top priority for Americans

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In wake of the Veterans Affairs scandal, most Americans say there should be a new focus on improving veterans’ health, according to a new poll. Nearly nine out of 10 Americans say it’s “extremely” (41 percent) or “very important” (46 percent) that the president and Congress deal with veterans’ health care in the next year, Gallup said.

It’s the top legislative priority for the public — far above other the nine other priorities listed in the survey results. About 72 percent want to see Congress to consider equal pay legislation for women, and 59 percent want to see investigations of the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

Gallup also found that 53 percent of Americans say that “passing new legislation that would scale back” parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is important. Three-quarters of Republicans say PPACA changes should be a priority, and 37 percent of Democrats say the same.

Though most listed issues have Republicans and Democrats divided on their importance, both parties agree on the need for VA reform: 90 percent Democrats and 91 percent of Republicans say it’s an important priority.