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Health-Care Anger Has Deeper Roots

posted Sep 2, 2009, 3:36 AM by Kettering Liberty Group   [ updated Sep 2, 2009, 3:39 AM ]
WSJ Online - Sept 1, 2009


WASHINGTON -- Recent town-hall uproars weren't just about health care. They were also eruptions of concern that the government is taking on too much at once.

That suggests trouble for the president and his party, and fears of losses in next year's midterm election are likely to shape the Democrats' fall agenda.

At August's town-hall meetings, voters often started with complaints about health care, only to shift to frustrations about all the other things President Barack Obama and the Democrats have done or tried to do since January. The $787 billion economic-stimulus package, the government-led rescue of General Motors Corp. and climate-change legislation all came in for criticism.