My sense is that Democratic leaders think they have been making progress on the health care front, in the wake of the CBO’s relatively benign assessment of the Baucus version of their proposal (which is not, of course, the one that Congress will eventually vote on). But Scott Rasmussen finds a remarkable stability in voters’ opinions about health care reform. If anything, the anti-“reform” consensus seems to be hardening:
Now that the Senate Finance Committee has passed its version of health care reform, 42% of voters nationwide favor the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s down two points from a week ago and down four from the week before.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% are opposed to the plan.
This chart tells the story:
So the Democratic Party appears to be on a collision course with the voters.