Order to President-Elect Barack Obama: Cut Health Costs

In our new Whispers poll, readers list cutting healthcare costs behind righting the economic ship.

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We took a serious path in our postelection Whispers poll, and it seems readers are glad we did. Because it's the serious issues of rising healthcare costs and the plight of Social Security that they want President-elect Barack Obama to address after fixing the economy and ending the war. And so much for the energy crisis: Those polled put on the bottom of their agenda spending to develop new hybrid engine technology.

The Whispers Poll

Jobs 1 and 2 for the new president and new Congress taking over in January will be the economy and the war.

What should be their next top agenda item?

Work to reduce healthcare costs47%Fix Social Security and Medicare33%Slash Pentagon spending8%Probe the administration's handling of the war8%Fund new car hybrid technology4% 

Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted October 31-November 4 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.