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Health Care, Women’s Health Issues Split Midwest Voters Ahead Of Elections

In Ohio, working class voters are split on whether Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama more closely aligns with their views on health care.

Reuters: Ohio's White Working-Class Voters: On The Fence
Health care is an issue that might seem to work in Romney's favor. The Reuters/Ipsos poll shows mosts Rust Belt workers disapprove of Obama's push for the 2010 reform law and many bristle at the idea of Americans being forced to buy insurance. … Opposition to the law comes from left and right. If many see it as big government intrusion, others fault the president for being too timid in asserting a strong federal role (Roosevelt, 5/29).

And in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is being attacked for his views on women's health --

Politico Pro: Dems: Walker 'Extreme' On Women's Health
As polls show that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is increasingly likely to survive efforts to recall him, Democrats on Tuesday accused him of trying to limit women’s access to health care. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said support for Walker from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell -- he's campaigning in the state Tuesday --underscores that the two are "birds of a feather." "Just as Gov. Bob McDonnell has tried the radical transvaginal ultrasound bill ... Scott Walker has indeed embraced extreme positions on women's health care," Moore told reporters on a conference call, citing Walker's "broken contracts" with the state's Planned Parenthood chapter (Haberkorn, 5/29).

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