Omaha Public Radio News
10:58 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Political impact from health care vote more likely to affect 2012 races

Omaha, NE – A political science expert at the University of Nebraska-Omaha believes there won't be much short-term political fallout from the health care reform vote.

Randy Adkins is a Professor of Political Science at UNO. He says incumbents and voters are on the same side of the health care issue, according to recent public polls. Adkins says that's good for Nebraska's three U.S. Representatives, who are all seeking re-election.

But Adkins says health care could linger as an important political issue. If that does happen, he believes Senator Ben Nelson could face a challenge in 2012 from a strong Republican candidate.

Adkins expects health care will be a significant political issue for the next four to five years as parts of the legislation are implemented.