How’s Medicare Playing In The Florida Senate Race?


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English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Topics: Health Costs, Medicare, Politics, States

Aug 20, 2012

News outlets report on how Medicare is shaping the much-watched Florida Senate race as well as how this year’s House candidates that are physicians also tend to be Democrats.

Politico: Medicare Shaping Tight Florida Senate Race
Rep. Paul Ryan didn’t just inject Medicare smack into the presidential race in swing-state Florida. He also created a new dynamic in the contest between Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Connie Mack — a race that could help determine who controls the Senate. … It’s a tight race and it’s in flux. Florida campaign consultants from both parties agree that the undercard race depends largely on whether Floridians choose Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. And that in turn may hinge on who wins the Medicare messaging war in a state with one of the biggest senior populations in the country (Norman, 8/18).

Politico Pro: This Year, More Doctors On Ballot Are Dems
This year, more than a dozen Democratic physicians ran for office, and at least nine are still in their races, trying join the two Democratic doctors already on Capitol Hill. … The Democratic candidates don’t necessarily like everything about the health law, but while the Republicans are vowing to repeal and replace it, the Democrats are more likely to say they want to preserve and perfect it. They cite issues like doing more to make care affordable, or making sure there’s no doctor shortage as issues they’d like to work on (Haberkorn, 8/20).

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Opinion polling for the United States presidential election, 2008, Barack Obama Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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