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Itís Obamacare, Stupid
The Weekly Standard ^ | March 10, 2012

Posted on 03/10/2012 5:16:40 PM PST by Steelfish

It’s Obamacare, Stupid

MAR 19 JEFFREY H. ANDERSON It’s not easy to lose 63 seats in a House election. Before 2010, the last time it had been done was when Joe DiMaggio was still patrolling center field for the New York Yankees. It’s even harder to pull off such a feat when exit polling shows that Americans were inclined to blame the prior president (a member of the other party) for the poor economy. This raises a question that Democrats and the media have been avoiding for the past 16 months: Just how did the Democrats do it?

A new academic study says the answer can likely be reduced to one word: Obamacare. The study, which was conducted by scholars from Dartmouth and elsewhere, finds that “supporters of health care reform paid a significant price.” The authors looked at cap and trade, the economic “stimulus,” and Obamacare, and concluded that the latter had by far the most adverse effect on Democrats’ fortunes—voters were “approximately 5 points less likely to vote for an incumbent who supported health reform than one who opposed it.”

Indeed, if “all Democrats in competitive districts [had] opposed health care reform,” that likely would have swung about 25 seats from the Republican column into the Democratic column and would have given the Democrats “a 62 percent chance of winning enough races to maintain majority control of the House.”

that’s not the only interesting finding. The authors ask, “How is it that votes come to affect election outcomes?” They conclude Democrats’ support for Obama-care led voters “to perceive them as more liberal,” “more ideologically distant,” and “out of step.” This was particularly true for independent voters. In other words, voters not only oppose Obamacare as policy but view it as a symbol of a commitment to big-government liberalism.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Politics
KEYWORDS: kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; ricksantorum
This is more reason why the only candidate in the race who did NOT embrace the individual mandate will have the most credibility in challenging Obama. His name is Santorum.
1 posted on 03/10/2012 5:16:43 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
It’s Obamacare, Stupid

You mean the one that was based upon the venerable Massachusetts governors plan, MiniMitt Romney?

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2 posted on 03/10/2012 5:20:17 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Steelfish

OBAMAPonderes


3 posted on 03/10/2012 5:20:58 PM PST by FrankR
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To: Steelfish

I agree! This is exactly why Romney MUST NOT be the nominee! I don’t understand why all the other candidates didn’t go after him on this from the beginning. No way Romney should be anywhere near the 2012 GOP nomination. It defies logic that he is.


4 posted on 03/10/2012 5:33:51 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Steelfish
A new academic study says the answer can likely be reduced to one word: Obamacare.

Now that it has the attached name, it will forever be remembered for it's failed originator - the rookie Hussein.

5 posted on 03/10/2012 5:38:07 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Steelfish

Santorum was right when he said that if the GOP nominates Romney, we will lose ObamaCare as an issue.


6 posted on 03/10/2012 6:03:19 PM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy and no "out of touch" Rev. Rick........Gingrich.... YES!!!)
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To: Steelfish

Thanks for this fact: “ - - - the only candidate in the race who did NOT embrace the individual mandate will have the most credibility in challenging Obama. His name is Santorum.”


7 posted on 03/10/2012 7:11:00 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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” - - - Santorum was right when he said that if the GOP nominates Romney, we will lose ObamaCare as an issue.”

And that is why Romney must drop out of this Primary for the good of the Country.

Obama”care” is THE issue.


8 posted on 03/10/2012 7:24:34 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Graewoulf

And that is why Romney must drop out of this Primary for the good of the Country.

Obama”care” is THE issue.
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OMG, surely you jest. Romney??? Drop out of the Primary Race??? Hey, RINO-Rom has been running for the 2012 GOP Nomination for 4 years now. He has spent millions of dollars of his own money. He would cut his mother’s throat for a vote. And you think he’s gonna drop out??? PULL-EEEZE!!!!


9 posted on 03/10/2012 7:39:46 PM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy and no "out of touch" Rev. Rick........Gingrich.... YES!!!)
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No, I don’t think that Romney will drop out.

I think that Romney MUST drop out of this Primary for the good of America.

If Romney becomes the Nominee, then our only hope is to have Congress Impeach Obama before Election Day.

TEA, anyone?


10 posted on 03/10/2012 8:06:58 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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