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Obamacare Hurts Freshmen Dems


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Dec 20, 2009
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:lol: they believed Clinton when he told them it would get more popular once it passed. they slapped their hands over their ears, closed their eyes, and repeated again and again the mantra that even if it remained unpopular, people would be loathe to give up the 'benefits'.

well, now the butcher is coming due. and it couldn't be sweeter. I hope every congresscritter that voted for Obamacare against the wishes of his or her district / state get's tossed out on their ear.

Healthcare reform is hurting the reelection chances of freshman Democrats in the House, according to The Hill/ANGA poll...

President Obama predicted in the spring that the new law would become popular as people learned more about it. But the poll shows Republicans strongly oppose it, independents are wary of it and a surprising number of Democrats also want it overturned.

Republicans have vowed to repeal the law if they take control of Congress, and the findings of Mark Penn, who led Penn Schoen Berland’s polling team, show that healthcare is a major issue for voters this year...

In each district, a majority of those surveyed said they want the controversial law gone.

Sixty-five percent back repeal in Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s (D-Ariz.) district, while only 27 percent oppose such an effort. Kirkpatrick voted for healthcare reform.

Fifty-nine percent of those polled in Rep. Debbie Halvorson’s (D-Ill.) district back a repeal, with 29 percent against. More than one in four Democrats polled also favor repeal. Halvorson was a late yes vote on healthcare reform and is now 18 points behind her Republican challenger...

Independent voters, who strongly supported Obama’s presidential bid, have a negative view of his most significant domestic policy achievement...

outside of the Democratic Party, healthcare legislation has come out as a net negative.”

Of the 12 districts polled, only one fell within the margin of error on repeal. Forty-four percent support repeal while 41 percent oppose it in Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s (D-Ohio) district. Kilroy backed healthcare reform and is 9 points down in her race against Republican Steve Stivers.

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper’s (D-Pa.) decision to back healthcare reform is hobbling her. In his summary of findings, Penn writes that “57 percent of respondents [in the district] believe that the healthcare legislation … should be repealed. Undecided voters feel this way by a margin of 45 percent to 33 percent.” The Hill/ANGA poll finds that Dahlkemper is trailing 13 points behind her Republican challenger.
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