Unprecedented, and for a reason

There’s much that’s odd about the passage of Obamacare, including the fact that it was enacted without a single Republican vote. Jeffrey Anderson, having pored through a month’s worth of Rasmussen polling data, points to perhaps the most significant peculiarity – independent voters favor repealing Obamacare by a margin of 20 percentage points.
58 percent of independents would like to see the new health care law repealed, while 38 percent oppose repeal. Similarly, those who strongly favor repeal out-number those who strongly oppose it by a margin of 48 percent to 28 percent. The fact that almost 80 percent of those who have an opinion have a strong one suggests that (a) the public mood on the subject is unlikely to change any time soon and (b) this is a bad issue on which to be bucking the public mood.
As Anderson observes, while those on the political extremes might not like a given piece of legislation, normally those in the center will be reasonably happy with it – otherwise Congress wouldn’t have passed it in the first place. But that manifestly is not the case here. Congressional Democrats ignored the views of centrist voters – the ones who determine the outcome of elections – to a degree that may well be unprecedented in the annals of legislation. They are likely soon to be reminded why such audacity is unprecedented.

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