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Republicans raise $100K to counter government-run health insurance

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele thanked grassroots Republicans in an e-mail Wednesday for helping the RNC raise more than $100,000 to advertise against "government-run healthcare."

The rally for funding came last week as Republicans vowed to fight what they consider unfair treatment by the media. GOP officials say they fear ABC's Wednesday night broadcast from the White House will skew the news to promote the Democrats' plan for health reform.

"Though the television network has denied requests to air ads counter to President Obama's government-run healthcare `reform' plans, they can't keep us off the air" Steele said in his e-mail.

"We're still up against the biased mainstream media machine's effort to help President Obama and the Pelosi-Reid Democrats in Congress end individual healthcare choice," Steele wrote. "The Democrats have shown they will stop at nothing to blur the lines between government and private sector, so we must keep the pressure on them. And at the same time, we must get our message of common sense GOP healthcare reform alternative out to more Americans."

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday, a majority of Americans see government action as critical to controlling runaway healthcare costs, but they're worried about the potential impact of reform legislation and conflicting views about the types of fixes being proposed on Capitol Hill.

According to the poll, more than eight in 10 said they are satisfied with the quality of care they now receive and relatively content with their own current expenses.

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