HIGH ON THE PUBLIC AGENDA -- Although the economy continues to be seen by Americans as the most important problem facing the country, a new Gallup Poll shows that Americans are now more likely than in previous years to be concerned about health care. The poll, conducted Sept. 10-12, found that more than one out of four Americans now mentions health care as the nation's most important problem, up from only 6 percent who mentioned health care in 1991.
HIGH ON LOBBYING AGENDA -- The health care and insurance industries are investing more money in lobbying than almost any other interest group in memory, shows an Orlando Sentinel study of Federal Election Commission records and a political action committee's files. The two industries are second only to organized labor in campaign fund-raising clout and at or near the top of a heap of more than 200 special interests in number of lobbyists, the newspaper reports.
Leading the way is the American Medical Association, which has more than tripled its rate of lobbying expenditures this year. In just the first half of this year, the AMA has reported $600,000 in lobbying expenditures -- compared with $378,719 for all of 1992.