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Poll: More erosion in health care confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report finds consumers' confidence about their health care continues to decline after August's contentious disputes.

The health care consumer confidence index is compiled by the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports health care reform. It uses people's responses to a series of questions to determine an overall score.

The decline in confidence was greatest among seniors eligible for Medicare and young adults aged 18-34. That suggests President Barack Obama's proposed health care overhaul is raising alarm bells for both the old and the relatively young.

Overall, Americans' confidence in insurance coverage, affordability and access dropped 1.1 points in August, a smaller decline than in July. Among seniors, the drop was 3.6 points; among young adults, it was 5.5 points.

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