Healthcare reform: A prescription for the 2010 republican landslide?

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Less than two years ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as president amidst proclamations of a partisan realignment. But in this fall's midterms, scores of his fellow Democrats lost their jobs. The best evidence suggests that Obama's signature accomplishment - passage of a healthcare reform bill that had long eluded progressives - played a key role in the historic defeat. It also highlighted the delicacy of partisan regimes, particularly those prematurely designated as realignments by academic or popular observers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Barack Obama
  • election
  • healthcare
  • parties
  • realignment


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