Chamber Not Backing Down in Healthcare Fight

In 7 key states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds opposition to healthcare reform plans.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Despite coming under attack from the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not letting up in its bid to change the Democratic healthcare reform proposals moving through Congress, the latest being Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan unveiled yesterday. To bolster its campaign, the chamber has just wrapped up polling in seven key states and found that the plans are not popular even in red states that Obama turned blue in 2008, such as Virginia and Indiana. The polling was conducted November 8-10 by the respected firm of Ayres, McHenry & Associates. In none of the states polled—Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Virginia—did support for the proposals top 40 percent. And in Arkansas and Louisiana, where two Democratic senators face a tough re-election bid next year, nearly 2 of 3 voters opposed the healthcare plans. "The polls show that in these states with key senators, voters—including majorities of independents in each of these states—oppose the current reform packages. These voters don't think the current approach will reduce costs and think their taxes will be increased under the reform plans in front of Congress," says Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Blair Latoff.

See the poll here.

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