"She is very well known and very well respected," said Linda Blumberg, who does health care policy research for the Urban Institute.
Feder's expertise coincides with rising importance of health care; voters in several polls have listed rising health care costs as their second biggest concern next to the economy, said Blumberg, who worked with Feder when she was a member of the Clinton administration.
"She has the ability to discriminate between different options and know what is going to work and what is not going to work. … There are lots of different analyses of health care reform and a real variance in the quality of those analyses. She can tell the difference between what is good work and what is not good quality work," said Blumberg.
Feder’s analytic background could also be useful when tackling public policy issues other than health care, said several of her supporters.
"We need people who know how to think. … Judy worked in government and understands government," said Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) at a McLean fundraiser for Feder.
As usual, Jim Webb hits the nail on the head. With Judy Feder in Congress, Virginia's 10th District will have someone who understands how government works and who "knows how to think." In addition, they'll have someone who shares the values of the district, who has tremendous backbone, and who will work harder than anyone for the interests of her constituents. And just think, for Judy Feder to be your congresswoman, all you have to do is walk into the polling booth on November 4 and say "Farewell Frank!" Now that's nott so hard. :)