Massachusetts and Health Care Reform

This is some analysis from a Huffington Post article about a poll of Obama voters in the Massachusetts election of Senator elect Brown.…

Wanted to highlight a few key sections that I thought were relevant to this whole discussion about moving to the right on Healthcare and the referendum of the voters of Mass (Too lazy to type it all out multiple times).

The poll also upends the conventional understanding of health care’s role in the election. A plurality of people who switched — 48 — or didn’t vote — 43 — said that they opposed the Senate health care bill. But the poll dug deeper and asked people why they opposed it. Among those Brown voters, 23 percent thought it went “too far” — but 36 percent thought it didn’t go far enough and 41 percent said they weren’t sure why they opposed it.

Among voters who stayed home and opposed health care, a full 53 percent said they opposed the Senate bill because it didn’t go far enough; 39 percent weren’t sure and only eight percent thought it went too far.

I know everyone thinks that to pass this legislation we need to have the votes to win it.  I think that everyone thats looking out for their job is voting a Republican talking point, the country doesn’t want a public option, people don’t want expansive health care reform, etc.  Being a liberal, I want this.  In fact, Mass democrats sent their own message I think.  Vote what you promised, or we’ll stay home.


4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. themonk77 says:

    Meant to add in a few more block quotes but I was in a hurry.

    82 percent said they favored a public option for insurance coverage, with 14 percent opposed. Of those who sat out the election, 86 percent favored the public option, while only seven percent opposed it. The findings suggests that progressive arguments that disappointed Obama supporters deserted have serious merit.

    and the poll itself on


  2. cologeek says:

    couldn’t possibly be shaded by political considerations, could it?

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