Reid: Public will greet health care bill with 'joy and happiness'

In the final minutes of the Senate health care debate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers would hear “an earful” about the national health care bill from constituents who are solidly opposed to the legislation. In response, Majority Leader Harry Reid cited the case of a young disabled boy in Nevada who Reid said will now have health coverage and said that Democrats will indeed hear an earful — “an earful of joy and happiness.”

“Yes, we'll hear an earful,” Reid added, “but it will be an earful of wonderment and happiness.”

The RealClearPolitics average of recent polls on the health care bill shows the public opposed by a margin of 51 percent to 38 percent. The Pollster.com average of polls shows the public opposed by a margin of 52 percent to 40 percent. Both averages are made up of a wide variety of polls by different pollsters. In the Pollster.com compilation, the public has opposed Democratic health care legislation since July.

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