Critical Condition

The Missouri Vote: Even Worse for Dems than It Looks

There will be a lot written today about Missouri voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition C, a repudiation of Obamacare’s individual mandate. But the results may be even more devastating for the Democrats than initially thought.

According to preliminary results, just under 668,000 Missourians voted in favor of Proposition C. Only 578,000 Republicans voted in their party’s primaries. Another 40,000 voters appear to have cast votes on Proposition C without voting in either the Republican or Democratic primaries. So, even if you assume that every single Republican voted for the initiative and every person who didn’t vote in a primary voted for it, at least 40,000 Democrats — more than one in every eight Democratic primary voters — voted against the centerpiece of President Obama’s health-care plan. And these aren’t just any registered Democrats; these are the party activists, the Democratic base.

Do we need any more evidence of how unpopular this bill is?

Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and co-author of Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.

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