A vote for health reform reduced election margins by six to eight percent for Democratic members of Congress in the 2010 midterm elections, according to a new study by two political scientists to be unveiled this weekend in Chicago.
The University of Denver's Seth Masket and North Carolina State's University's Steven Green examined the impact of four key votes on the midterm elections and found that a vote for the health care bill directly cost Democrats at least 13 House seats.That's from David Catanese's "Vote for health care cost 6-8 percent" (POLITICO). If that's a surprise to anyone they weren't paying attention.
I am an advocate for single-payer, universal health care. That is not what ObamaCare is. I critiqued it throughout the long process, often explaining that I live in the only state -- prior to ObamaCare -- that had a mandate forcing you to purchase insurance and that it had not improved a thing. (RomneyCare was delivered to our state by then Governor Mitt Romney. When it was delivered, you would be surprised by the reaction from the left media. One morning, Jim called me and said, "Go to KPFA and start streaming. The Morning Show is calling it out right now." And they were. For a full 30 minutes, the Bay Area produced show was calling out RomneyCare. Later that week, Kris Welch would do the same on her KPFA show Living Room. But, strangely, when it became ObamaCare, KPFA could not stop endorsing it.)
I have seen it all before. ObamaCare was nonsense and a gift to the insurance companies. We didn't need it and it doesn't help us. Instead of facing reality, the Democratic Party has demonstrated that they are not only tone deaf, they are stupid. They continue to insist that once Americans find out about ObamaCare, they're going to love it.
That has not happened. In all the time since, that has not happened. But they continue to delude themselves.
Take a survey of RomneyCare in my state. See how many people changed their minds on it. (Very few.) It will be the same with ObamaCare because both provide 'universal' coverage by forcing people to buy insurance. That's not providing universal health care.
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