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Was It Something They Said?

Is health care reform losing its appeal? Perhaps the voters would rather the president and Congress work on keeping unemployment below 10%. After months of dog-and-pony shows and presidential speechifying, the public does seem to be saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

According to Rasmussen: “Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters now at least somewhat oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, while 46% at least somewhat favor it.”

And the “No, thanks” voters are more intense in their views: “While 22% strongly favor the Democrats’ health care reform plan, 38% strongly oppose it, up four points from the previous survey.”

Now this is a single poll and we are a long way from the end of the health-care debate. But it may be that Rahm Emanual (“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”) had it wrong. Maybe the actual lesson is: If you have a crisis, you better solve that first one before going on to other things. (And certainly don’t make it any worse.)


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