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DEMO SAYS RESIDENTS FAVOR REFORM, `SIN TAXES’

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Although not a scientific poll, Rep. Karen Shepherd, D-Utah, says the vast majority of 15,000 residents returning her questionnaires want health care reform now.

And two-thirds of them favor "sin taxes" on alcohol and tobacco to help pay for it."The message from my constituents is clear: We need health-care reform that controls costs, and we need it now," Shepherd said.

A questionnaire on health care was included in 200,000 newsletters she sent to every household in her district last month. About 15,000 replied so far - or one in 13 - which is not a scientific survey but helps Shepherd see what many voters think.

"A majority of respondents support a `managed competition' approach to health care reform and two-thirds support `sin taxes' on alcohol and tobacco products - two issues that are likely to figure prominently in the Clinton plan," Shepherd said.

"It comes as no surprise that 60 percent support federal price controls on medical costs like hospital charges, doctors' fees and prescription drugs."