How much did health care reform influence the election?

Just as they did during passage last spring and during the fall campaign season, Democrats and Republicans disagree about health care reform in the aftermath of last week’s election, Chris Cillizza says at the Washington Post.

Democratic strategists say the reform bill was at worst a neutral factor in the minds of voters, noting that just 18 percent said it was the most important issue confronting Congress–and those voters went Democratic by 8 percentage points.

But a Republican pollster says in one Election Day survey, 45 percent of voters described their vote as sending a message of opposition to President Obama’s health-care law, while 28 percent said they voted to show support for the plan and 27 percent said their vote was neither in support nor or in opposition.