Republicans had planned to introduce a bill this week that would repeal what they called the Job Killer Health Care Reform Bill. The action was postponed after a gunman opened fire outside a Tucson, Arizona supermarket last Saturday, killing six people and leaving Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Utah State University Political Science professor Mike Lyons said it is true that a lot of people do not support the health care bill. “Democrats believe that as its provisions eventually begin to take effect that the bill will become more popular,” Lyons claimed. “I can’t say that that’s true, but there is a history of past major legislation passing that has become more popular as people become accustomed to receiving the benefits and some of the fears raised by the opposition prove to be exaggerated.” Lyons says a lot of Democrats and mainstream Republicans have been calling for politicians to tone down their rhetoric and make sure they are speaking out against ideas but not people.
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