The health law fading from the campaign trail spotlight

News outlets report that the sweeping overhaul appears to be less of a point of contention among candidates and less of a rallying point for voters.

Los Angeles Times: Obamacare Loses Some Of Its Campaign Punch For Republicans
Six months ago, a House Republican campaign official listed the top three issues that would propel the party's candidates to victory in the midterm election: "Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare." It was a strategy that worked well in 2010, when GOP electoral gains were fueled primarily by a high-profile campaign to repeal the newly passed Affordable Care Act (Memoli and Mascaro, 8/3).

Modern Healthcare: Obamacare Not Seen As Flashpoint In Midterm Elections
Congress is all but done for the summer. That means attention will now pivot toward the fall elections. Four years ago during the August recess, legislators encountered voters in their home districts angry about the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Republicans rode that backlash against the federal healthcare law to an electoral rout that resulted in a takeover of the House (Demko, 8/1).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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