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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Health Care Losing Steam as GOP Voting Point

Republican candidates, the health care ship is leaving without you. Apparently unfazed by the "total destruction of our Constitutional republic," more Americans are saying the new health insurance reform law is o.k. by them. A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds 48% of Americans have a "generally favorable" view of the legislation, versus 41% who hold a "generally unfavorable" view. That's a flip and then some of Kaiser's May numbers, which found the yea-nay split at 41%–44%.

Really important for political types:

Roughly a third (35%) of registered voters say that a candidate who voted for the health reform law will be more likely to get their vote, a third (32%) say such a candidate would be less likely to get their vote, and a third (31%) say the candidate’s vote for the law would not matter either way. The results vary greatly by party identification [Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, Publication Number 8082, June 2010].

Essentially, in Republican South Dakota, GOP House candidate Kristi Noem might be able to buffalo her friends and neighbors with "Repeal Health Care!" rhetoric (though she has to cherry-pick her Blue Dog opponent's votes, since Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted against the bill in March—dang it!—but then against repeal last month). But nationwide, the voters swayed against candidates by health insurance reform will be cancelled out—and if the trend continues, outweighed—by the folks swayed for candidates who did the right thing and made health insurance more just and accessible this spring.

The Kaiser poll supports the thesis floated by Public Policy Polling back in May: health care nullification is not a winning issue for the GOP in November. Americans are ready to move on and solve problems, not refight the battle Republicans lost.

Web Bonus: The Kaiser poll comes alongside the launch of Healthcare.gov, your tax dollars at work, offering information about your health insurance options and your rights under the new law. Strangely absent from Healthcare.gov: any mention of rationing, death panels, or how to deal with the collapse of civilization caused by socialism.


  1. Those poll numbers were predictable.As the media moves on to greener pastures , so does the uproar.passing the legislation was victory #1, implementation will be victory #2, medicare for all will be the final victory, maybe not in my lifetime though. By the time that November rolls around there will be a lot more on folks minds than the healthcare bill. One thing for sure, if the economy is still in the tank , Dems will take a big hit.

  2. "maybe not in my lifetime" -- stick around, Barry. We'll make it happen in time for you to celebrate.

    Anger about health care -- really all the anger of the Tea Party -- is probably just displaced rage and insecurity over the economy, which is perfectly understandable. Now if we could just channel that anger toward the real problems of speculation and Wall Stree manipulation, we might make somee progress!


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