This article was published by Kaiser Health News.
Brace yourself: the war of words over the health care law isn’t going to end anytime soon, not with both parties seeing new opportunities to mold public opinion in the wake of Wednesday’s largely symbolicHouse repeal vote.
"The vote on repeal is the overture to the great opera," says Stuart Butler, director of the Center for Policy Innovation at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "It's just the opening of what's going to be a very long, tortured and very emotional debate for months and years to come."
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It’s not just Republicans who see a great way to gain public support by keeping the law front and center in 2011. Democrats think the GOP-driven debate gives them another chance to re-sell the benefits of the law.Polls show opinions on the law haven’t shifted much, but advocates and opponents share the belief they’ll score points the more people learn about various provisions.