A Democratic senator I can't name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the measure was political folly, in part because of the way it goes into effect: some taxes first, most benefits later, and rate hikes by insurance companies in between.It's becoming clear that my prediction that the Democratic party may have committed political suicide by ramming this historically unpopular bill through against the wishes of a majority of voters will cost them at least control of the House of Representatives. I've been saying all along that it's quite possible for them to lose as many as 100 seats in November as voters anger rises like their insurance premiums are going to...
Besides that, this Democrat said, people who already have coverage will feel threatened and resentful about helping to cover the uninsured—an emotion they will sanitize for the polltakers into a concern about federal spending and debt.
On the day the president signed into law the "fix-it" addendum to the massive health-care measure, two new polls show just how fearful and skeptical Americans are about the entire enterprise. If the numbers stay where they are—and it's not clear why they will change much between now and November—then the Democrats really are in danger of colossal losses at the polls.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
If Howard Fineman of Newsweek is saying this...then the Democrats may very well be in deep trouble come November: