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How the White House Bungled the Politics of Health Care

Backlash blindness.

12:00 AM, Oct 28, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
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Perhaps for the first time in recent history, health care has become more of rallying cry for Republicans than Democrats. This turn of events contributes to lead sentences like this one by the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake last week: “If House Democrats sustain major losses on Nov.2, the health care law passed earlier this year is likely to be a big reason.”

The misdiagnosis of their own party’s reaction to health care was such egregious malpractice that trial lawyers all over the country should be tooling around in Bentleys. But an even bigger miscalculation was the White House’s blindness to the backlash this ill-fated law engendered among Republicans and conservatives – creating a counter mobilization that will defeat many Democrats next Tuesday. 

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