GOP braces for Medicare BlowbackSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 08:14
By JENNIFER HABERKORN & JOHN BRESNAHAN | 5/24/11 4:18 AM EDT
This week, an off-year special election in Buffalo and a purely symbolic vote in the Senate might tell Republicans all they need to know about the mercurial politics of Medicare reform.
First up is New York’s 26th District in a special election Tuesday. If Democrat Kathy Hochul wins — she is leading by 4 to 6 points in the latest polls — it not only would be a setback for House Republicans but would send a message to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his key lieutenants that their Medicare overhaul plan could become a serious political liability.