Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Costliest Vote - Price paid by Democrats for Healthcare Vote

A new study from political scientists Seth Masket and Steve Greene finds that Democrats "paid a substantial price for party unity in the 111th House of Representatives" and that the vote on health care reform was the most costly vote to the party -- bigger than the economic stimulus package, the bank bailout or cap and trade. 
Their analysis found backers of the health care reform bill typically ran 6% to 8% behind their opponents and that 13 of them lost their seats because they voted 'yes' on health care.