Will health care reform be popular enough by November to give cover to Democrats who are wading into thick waters today to vote for it? Interested parties have pointed to Medicare, which wasn't especially popular when it was enacted, but which has become so entrenched in the American mind that it is untouchable as a political program, and much to the frustration of deficit hawks. Democrats believe that, in the fullness of time, in due course, will all due consideration, voters will find that whatever reservations they had about the process, they'll appreciate the end result. Seniors, in particular, may actually find themselves paying less money for prescription drugs because the so-called Medicare Part D donut hole is immediately closed.
Right now, one thing is clear: the whole shebang -- Obama-Democratic-branded health reform -- is a disaster with voters who don't lean towards either the Republican or Democratic Party. We've known that Republican opposition to health care is stronger than Democratic support for it. Republicans, seeking to scare the wits of out congressional Democrats, are distributing a poll from On Message Inc. that finds that of those voters who don't express a preference on the generic ballot question -- would you rather vote for a Democrat or a Republican in Congress -- between 58% and 60% have a negative view of health care reform.