Obama's universal healthcare policy unpopular

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    A healthcare reform expert says passing universal healthcare legislation will be a "very heavy lift" for President Obama, especially when his administration is not serious about getting the cost down.

    Some health policy experts estimate President Obama's plan for universal healthcare may cost more than $1.5 trillion over the next decade. That would be more than double the $634 billion he has set aside for healthcare reform in his budget.

    Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, says Obama and congressional Democrats are going to run into a myriad of problems paying for their ideas.

    "A lot of people are pushing back on having new and higher taxes on people losing part of their mortgage interest deduction and their charitable deductions. That's a pretty heavy lift," she notes. "New restrictions on access to people who have Medicare Advantage plans. Ten-million seniors are in basically private plans in Medicare. They like those. The government wants to pull that back and to make all Medicare look like the 1965 'fee for service' model."

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