My friend Josh Tucker graciously linked up to my post on public opinion on health care on The Monkey Cage. He did suggest that my bottom line that opinion is not all that more favorable to reform (and may be less favorable) than 1994 might “underestimate the importance of Obama having a reservoir of public support behind him.”
But I guess I forgot to mention (but the NY Times did too) that Obama’s approval rating on health care is 44% and his disapproval rating is 34%. Not terrible numbers, but not a reservoir. The NYT/CBS report does not give comparable numbers for Bill Clinton in 1993-1994. But my guess is that they were in the same neighborhood when his reform effort was getting underway.