GOP Senator: Town Hall Protests Haven’t Derailed Health Care Reform
Here’s an interesting detail/admission from Michael O’Brien’s interview with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho):
Crapo said that he credited the August recess protests with having created enough of an impression among his colleagues for them to have voted down public option amendments in the Senate Finance Committee, but he worried the protests haven’t had enough of an impact as the debate moves forward.
“I’m concerned that that impact is not as deep as they thought it would be,” he said.
This comes as polling shows a small uptick in support for Democratic health care reform since President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress. The Pollster.com average shows support for the president’s health care plan slowly rising, now at 46.5 percent, since bottoming out in mid-August.