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Lawsuit against federal health reform not as popular in Florida as thought

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on April 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm with 6 Comments »
April 19, 2010 4:23 pm

Why would a poll conducted by a Connecticut university on the Florida governors race have relevance in Washington state?

It isn’t as tortured as it sounds (and I don’t say that because we’re well into the post-session, pre-election blogging doldrums). The leading attorney general in the Constitutional challenge to health care reform is Florida’s Bill McCollum, who happens to be running for governor.

Cynics have wondered whether McCollum is hoping to ride anti-reform sentiment to a victory and the Quinnipiac poll shows the health bill still somewhat unpopular – 48 to 44 percent (thought the poll doesn’t ask how many oppose it because it isn’t sweeping or liberal enough). The same poll has just 40 percent of Florida voters agreeing that the legal challenge led by McCollum was a good idea while 54 percent say it is a bad idea.

In addition, a plurality of voters and a plurality of independent voters say the lawsuit makes it less likely they would support McCollum (though he retains a slight lead against his likely Democratic opponent Alex Sink).

So what’s the Washington connection? Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna got a few headlines for joining McCollum’s lawsuit. McKenna said he did so because it was the right thing to do but some observers (OK, me) thought it was an excellent way to firm up his support on the GOP right and that he might think it would help his expected gubernatorial campaign in 2012.

So the fact that support for the suit is weak in Florida – especially among independent voters – has meaning in Washington state and for McKenna especially.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Apparently Floridians are starting to learn a bit.

    IMO, it’s a horribly flawed bill & an unjustifiable windfall for the insurance companies, but it’s still going to help more people that it will hurt; & it’s the lower middle class who will benefit the most.

  2. coopersmith says:

    Peter–you say it has meaning in Washington State. Seems like you are insinuating that it will be damaging to the Republican ticket, but your to afraid to say it. You tried to make a connection rather than just reporting. If you going to insinuate a connection go all the way and say how you truly feel because from what I read there is little connection to be made. The end of your article should be in the opinion section.

  3. Peter Callaghan says:

    Coop-I don’t often get accused of being reluctant to express an opinion and as a columnist I’m allowed to do so on the blog. I found the poll interesting and thought others would as well. As we say around here, we report, you decide.

  4. webtimes22 says:

    Looks like another mis-information piece. The entire process of the Health Carae legislation that passed is flawed from excluding any meaniful bi-partisan ideas to back door bargaining. (All this was expected from past adminstrations but not from our new one, at least by the promises made to get them in office). Why do we have to rush trillions of taxes based benefits “NOW” and they do not really kick in util aftert the next presidential election when we could implement real low/no cost federaly allowable concepts now 1. Interstate purchase of Health Insurance, Equal tax rights for individuals as for corporations (tax deductions), elimination of state mandated caddilac minimums, legal reform to reduce “defensive” medicine cost drivers.

  5. derekyoung says:

    Your cease and desist from Fox News is in the mail. :)

  6. webtimes22,

    This law is chalked full of bi-partisan ideas. It utilizes tax breaks and ‘free market’ solutions while cracking down on some of the most inhumane practices of the insurance industry.

    Trillions? Of course when you have an infinite time horizon, you have infinite costs.

    I’m still waiting for our troops to be greeted with roses and candy when we invade Iraq. Which, by the way, the costs for that venture has approached nearly a trillion.

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