Hill Dems set to pivot to job creation

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Public polling shows that voters’ appetite for the health bill is waning as the debate has dragged on for more than a year.

Fifty-five percent of participants in a Gallup poll conducted Jan. 20 said Congress should end the work on its current bills and consider alternatives that have wider support.

A Rasmussen Reports poll completed Jan. 20 and 21 had similar findings: 61 percent of respondents say Congress should drop plans to pass any health bill and move toward work on the economy and job creation.

The Massachusetts election — in which Mr. Brown’s pledge to vote against health reform was a cornerstone — has had tremendous impact, polls show. Seventy-two percent of respondents in the Gallup Poll said the race reflects Americans’ frustrations.

Hoping to prevent further electoral surprises, Mr. Obama has recruited David Plouffe, the political mind behind his presidential campaign, to return to the White House.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told “Fox News Sunday” that Mr. Plouffe will, “help supplement an already good political staff led by Patrick Gaspard in the White House in helping us watch the 2010 elections, the gubernatorial, the Senate and the House elections, that will obviously be important to the direction of the country.”

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