What to make of Massachusetts

It’s hard to imagine a more negative result for health care reform than Martha Coakley’s loss in yesterday’s US Senate election in Massachusetts. Obviously by failing to hold the seat for the Democrats she lost the filibuster-proof majority. Compounding the damage is the (incorrect) conclusion people will draw that Massachusetts-style health reform is unpopular in Massachusetts, where it’s been enacted, and therefore will be unpopular nationwide. That’s going to make the pending reform bills an even harder sell among jittery pols and the public.

What I had expected was that reform would pass and a lot of people would be unhappy initially, but that by Election Day 2010 Democrats’ popularity would rebound as some of the early benefits of reform (such as a ban on medical underwriting) started to take effect. That looks less likely now.

Mike Capuano would have been a much better candidate.

January 20, 2010

One thought on “What to make of Massachusetts”

  1. I’m not sure who would have been a better candidate, but this was more a failing of the Democratic party than the health care legislation. They pretty much assumed the could put almost anyone on the ticket and that person would win; bad thinking. They must have forgotten that they had a Republican governor before the one they have now.

    As for the health care bill, it seems like it just might be dead about now, and I blame that on both parties, the Repubs for not even talking about it and the Dems for creating a lot of stuff that no one wanted in it.

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