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Snap poll suggests public opinion gains after health speech

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A snap poll suggests President Barack Obama's health care speech to Congress may have won over some public opinion, at least for now.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey said 53 percent of responders supported the president's plans days before the address. After the speech, the number surged to two-thirds.

Obama last night said the plan should have a government option, though he didn't insist on it.

Obama says the plan would cost about $900 billion over a decade -- "less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans" passed during the Bush administration.

Obama says individuals should be required to carry basic health insurance and he promised to protect Medicare.

Obama says he'll listen to ideas but "not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan."

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