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New Poll: Democrats’ Advantage On Health Care, Other Issues Not Translating Into Election Edge

In other political news, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity is pushing back against Democratic criticism of its recent health law attack ad by releasing another one.  

The Washington Post: Poll: Democrats' Advantage On Key Issues Is Not Translating To A Midterm-Election Edge
Majorities of Americans continue to disapprove of the president's handling of the economy and of the implementation of his signature health-care law. But after a noticeable decline late last year after the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, attitudes about his handling of the law have stabilized over the first months of this year. Despite the problems with the health-care law’s implementation, Democrats maintain an edge over Republicans on which party Americans trust to deal with the issue, by a margin of 44 percent to 36 percent (Balz and Clement, 3/4).

The New York Times: Conservative Group Counters Criticism Of Ad Against Health Law
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group being challenged by Democrats over the content of its ads attacking the health care law, is pushing back with a new commercial that will begin airing Tuesday in Michigan. The commercial features Julie Boonstra, a Michigan woman who was the subject of an earlier ad, in which she said she had lost the health plan that she preferred for treatment of her leukemia and was facing higher costs because of the health care law (Hulse, 3/3).

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