Starting this week, most members of Congress will be back home testing the political and healthcare climate ahead of November's elections.
Few political observers expect healthcare to be as powerful an issue as in 2010, when conservative fury over the passage of Obamacare led to Republicans seizing control of the House. The healthcare reform law has since become part of the national furniture, with many beneficiaries. Polls have shown that about 40% of Americans consistently back the law and about 55% oppose it (though some of those foes want a government single-payer system instead).
“The Affordable Care Act to a large degree is already baked into the cake politically,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, a political analysis website out of the University of Virginia. “Most voters who are going to be moved by the Affordable Care Act have probably already been moved.”