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Health Reform Update

January 20, 2010

Opposition to Congressional Health Reform Was the Most Important Issue that Fueled Scott Brown's U.S. Senate Victory in Massachusetts, According to Exit Poll Data

Politico reports that "Scott Brown's opposition to congressional health care legislation was the most important issue that fueled his U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, according to exit poll data collected following the Tuesday special election. Fifty-two percent of Bay State voters who were surveyed as the polls closed said they opposed the federal health care reform measure and 42 percent said they cast their ballot to help stop President Obama from passing his chief domestic initiative."

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Source: "Exit Poll: Health Care Mattered," by David Catanese, Politico, January 20, 2010.

Massachusetts' Mandatory Health Insurance Law Is Not the Model for National Health Reform

Rasmussen Reports found in November 2009: "In 2006, Massachusetts implemented its own statewide version of health care reform and 32% of the state’s voters consider that reform a success. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Bay State finds that 36% consider the plan a failure and another 32% are not sure.

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Source: "In Massachusetts, 32% Consider State’s Health Care Reform a Success," Rasmussen Reports, November 27, 2009.