LITTLETON, Colo. —
For years, the Ashburn resident considered herself a middle-of-the-road Republican, a product of her Ohio upbringing, she said over an iced tea at a Panera just off the Dulles Greenway one recent weekend. But instead of veering toward Romney this year, she's more committed to Obama than ever, in part because she believes the health-care law — derided by Republicans — was a sincere effort to bring down health costs for people not provided insurance on the job.
Her view was formed after watching her insurance costs skyrocket after she left a job at a bank following her husband's death to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
"I didn't know," she said. "I've gone from one job to the next all my adult life, and I never knew what it was like not to have insurance available to me. It's just not something people tell you."
Because of a preexisting condition, Dewey was eventually paying more than $1,500 a month for insurance for herself and her young daughter, a catastrophic plan that did not include dental or vision insurance. Only with her new job this fall as a teacher's assistant did her benefits improve and her costs drop, a situation she believes will be ameliorated with the new law.
"I feel we have to have it," Dewey said of the health-care law. "And if we don't get him back in office, we'll lose our chance for that."
Romney aides say that suburban voters, disappointed with the Obama results, are looking for a leader who will be held accountable for campaign promises. The Obama attack on Romney as out of step with the suburban desire for cooperation and competence will ring false, they say, pointing to the Republican's background working with both parties in Massachusetts when he was governor and his success in these ring communities during the Republican primary.