Posts Tagged - ‘2010 election’

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Health Insurance Reform’s Popularity Slips In Poll

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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Contrary to what many proponents believed would happen, the public popularity of health insurance plan reform has continued to drop.

A new poll that was recently released found that 50% of Americans now oppose the legislation, while 39% approve and 10% are neutral. Before the bill was passed, the numbers were closely split. That’s a sign that the controversial political process by which it was passed has had a negative impact on the electorate’s sentiment.

In addition, 52% of respondents to the Associated Press poll disapprove of President Obama’s performance on the issue. They also fear that their individual or family health insurance will cost more and decrease in quality.

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What Will Republicans Do If They Win?

Friday, April 9th, 2010

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Republicans are running for election or re-election this fall on the platform of “repeal and replace”. They largely want to dismantle the health insurance plan reform passed by the Obama administration and Democrats. It remains to be seen if that’s an effective political tactic, but what about the practical aspects?

Despite the potential for Republican victory, President Obama will still be in office for at least two more years. Obviously, he’ll veto a measure that seeks to gut one of his most significant domestic policies–the expansion of access to affordable health insurance. So how will a Republican-controlled Congress change things? According to conservative Rep. Michelle Bachmann, they’ll refuse to include funding for it in appropriations bills. She calls it “starving the beast”. Cynics believe that such a strategy makes it more likely that the bill will fail, making it easier for a Republican president to win in 2012 and repeal the law.

The GOP has a good shot at taking back the House of Representatives. However, only one-third of the Senate seats are up for grabs this year. Even if a Republican takes every single one, that will barely leave them with an equal number of seats. They’ll only have 50 votes if independent Joe Lieberman (a former Democrat) switches sides, which he has done in other cases. However, he has expressed his support for the Senate’s legislation. Don’t forget that when the Senate’s tied, the vice president has the deciding vote! Joe Biden will surely vote in favor of retaining the legislation. Senators are responsible for overriding a presidential veto, which can only be done with a two-thirds majority. Reaching that level is mathematically impossible in this election year.

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Dems To Flip-Flop On Affordable Health Insurance Reform?

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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In the aftermath of the bipartisan summit, it’s looking likely that the Democratic leadership is planning to go for broke on healthcare reform. They are planning to use budget reconciliation, a process in which the House passes pending affordable health insurance legislation in the Senate with a promise to immediately revise certain provisions. The procedure only requires 51 votes in the Senate, but the reconciliation can only deal with budget- and tax-related issues.

Although Democrats have a sizable majority in the House, most of them are up for re-election this year. It appears that many are backing away from healthcare reform due to declining support among the public. Meanwhile, there is speculation that those who voted no on the health insurance plan changes aren’t wavering as much in their views.

How viable of an option is flip-flopping? The people angry at Democrats in the House of Representatives that voted in favor of the original bill won’t forget their initial support. Many of them will probably hold it against them even if they change their minds, while some independents may be turned off by the sudden about face.

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