Gulp: Multiple polls show support for ObamaCare climbing

posted at 8:19 pm on June 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

Maybe I should have saved that Darth Vader clip for this post. Dude:

The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 48 percent of the public had a favorable view of the law in June while 41 percent had an unfavorable opinion. A month earlier, the split was 41 percent favorable to 44 percent unfavorable.

The latest survey results were not much different from those in March, shortly before the law was enacted. Then, at the end of a bitter year-long battle, 46 percent said they supported the proposed legislation while 42 percent opposed it…

“Overall, roughly a third of voters say that a candidate who voted for the health reform law will be more likely to get their vote, a third say less likely, and a third say it doesn’t really matter,” said the foundation, which studies and distributes information about health-care policy.

Only 12 percent say health care is their top issue in the fall, as compared to 29 percent who say it’s the economy. Any significance in the fact that a single poll’s swung from 41/44 to 48/41 in a month? Not really — except for the fact that other polls are showing an uptick in support too. Gallup went from 45/49 in April, shortly after Obama signed the bill, to 49/46 in mid-June. Around the same respective periods, the AP moved from 39/50 to 45/42. That’s the first time since October 2009 that three different polls sampled by Pollster.com have shown net support for O-Care in the same month. An important caveat: Rasmussen is no longer included in the Pollster average or else the overall trendline would be much worse. According to Ras’s latest, 52 percent support repealing the law — although even that number is down 11 points since last month. Double gulp. In any case, this is why I think the hand-wringing about Boehner and Cantor trying to bring two separate repeal measures to the floor this month is ultimately over nothing. Like Ramesh says, there are tactical benefits to revisiting the repeal issue now — if the vote is close, that’s a talking point for the GOP in close races in the fall — but with O-Care’s polling on the rebound, why would the vote be any closer now than it was in March?

Exit question: Why are the numbers coming back? The news about cost projections, etc., has been steadily bad. It can’t be because … The One has finally shut his big yapper about it, can it?


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Yeah…that’s because nobody’s felt the effects of it yet. Much.

S. Weasel on June 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

of course it is. the GOp is no longer saying repeal. they are no longer fighting this bill instead once again they have ceded the battlefield to the dems….clueless thy name is republician

unseen on June 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

timing is everything

mjbrooks3 on June 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

If the polls eventually show that 101% of the American public loves Obamacare and the country still goes bankrupt, does that make it OK?

turfmann on June 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

That Kos dude told me that polls showing good news for Lefties are bunk.

myrenovations on June 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

IT’s because the GOP isn’t talking about how truly bad it is…

ladyingray on June 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

One thing Barry won’t release are the cost projections. He’s got Congress implementing parts of the law now, rather than later. Those costs will then be incurred NOW, not later as Barry originally wanted. In addition, the ‘doc fix’ is in and that’s BILLIONS more in costs that were not supposed to happen.

GarandFan on June 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Damn…didn’t notice all of the other polls were showing an uptick too.

Well, this thing is going to put the final nail in the coffin for us. It’s going to be hard living in a country populated by morons.

AUINSC on June 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Um, people are dumb and don’t think about things until it happens to them personally. So they won’t be outrageously outraged until next year when they start to get taxed on a ‘service’ they won’t receive until 2014. Ugh….

Lance Murdock on June 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Impossible, no one knows what it is or what it will look like when implemented.
This is the same mentality that got us into this mess. Are we collectively this stupid?

FireBlogger on June 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Memories are fading.

The Race Card on June 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Maybe because people are more concerned about their jobs and the ruination of the Gulf Coast than they are about a health care bill that hasn’t had any impact yet?

rockmom on June 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM

OK, if ObamaCare is becoming so friggin’ popular, let’s see how many Dems run on it in November. And let’s see how many of them win. If the public is so pleased with the Dem handiwork, they’ll increase their majorities.

ddrintn on June 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Exit question: Why are the numbers coming back? The news about cost projections, etc., has been steadily bad. It can’t be because … The One has finally shut his big yapper about it, can it?

Yes, it really can.

Rae on June 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM

IT’s because the GOP isn’t talking about how truly bad it is…

ladyingray on June 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Diggety ding ding ding.

The Race Card on June 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Memories are fading.

The Race Card on June 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Those tax increases minus benefits won’t. Next year is going to be a doozy.

ddrintn on June 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

More immediate disasters are on the minds of people right now…wait until the costs kick in.

d1carter on June 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Has to be the pot smokers…short term memory loss and all that.

Hell, in 2 years, they’ll think Obama is the bomb! He’ll fix everything that the previous admninstration screwed up.

BobMbx on June 30, 2010 at 8:27 PM

It’s almost entirely because it’s not being talked about anymore…

you’re going to have to wait until September to unload upon it again… and make them defend it…

ninjapirate on June 30, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Better than Vader:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USHHQRodF88

How do people’s opinions of stuff like O-care change? WTF? Did they not know what it was, or are they forgetting?

Aquateen Hungerforce on June 30, 2010 at 8:28 PM

We’re a nation with an unfortunately short attention span. Until bad things start happening to people and to those they hold dear as a direct result of Obamacare, they’ll gradually feel better and better about it. Until they don’t.

1) Pass Obamacare
2) ???
3) Profit!

aero on June 30, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Grasping for straws

people are being financially crunched so they seek hope in domething that says will be there but won’t

Sonosam on June 30, 2010 at 8:29 PM

This is fluctuation at best. It’s only natural that the intensity over health care would fade over many months, and Obama indeed has kept conspicuously quiet about it.

Thing is, people don’t have to clamor for repeal to make repeal happen. The GOP has until 2013 – that’s two Congresses from now – to cancel health care, and simply taking the House in November means they can delay it. What’s more, the election issues are going to boil down to two issues: jobs/economy and spending. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Every GOP candidate is going to ask about the jobs. They are all going to rail against the debt. Many of them will win.

Whether we win on health care or win on the economy, it’s numbers that matter. So long as Mike Pence or Jim DeMint are anywhere in the congressional leadership, health care repeal will pass. If they aren’t, if we get some stupid backbencher moderates in charge who don’t want “to stir up controversy,” we’re screwed anyway.

KingGold on June 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Exit question: Why are the numbers coming back? The news about cost projections, etc., has been steadily bad. It can’t be because … The One has finally shut his big yapper about it, can it?

I think that’s part of it. But on a larger point, it’s dropped completely off the radar, as planned by the Democrats: get it done, and then shut up and hope it blows over. Republican’s need to bring Obamacare into every single talking point concerning every issue. When the discussion is about the Gulf, say, “can you believe these dolts are going to run our healthcare system now thanks to Obama?” When the discussion is about the debt, insert Obamacare’s ballooning cost projections. When the debate is about civil rights, insert the intrusion of a government bureaucrat between you and your doctor. The Republicans need to constantly remind the public of what was done, and the only way to do that is to simply utter it in every defense of our agenda. Set it up as the antithesis of what needs to be done. Remind the public that this millstone sits squarely around the necks of the Democrats, and allow the voters to push them into the river in November, politically speaking, natch.

Weight of Glory on June 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Why are the numbers coming back? The news about cost projections, etc., has been steadily bad.

Yes, they have been steadily bad, but they have NOT gotten wide play in the media. Just a mention and then on to bigger, better “news”.

Wait until the GOP and other organizations start reminding people of all the nasty little surprises that have come out about obamacare, then I think those numbers will tank, once again.

I suggest the GOP start gearing up the ads and whatnot, NOW.

SandyK on June 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Support?

Yeah, I’ll show you support when you UNCONSTITUTIONALLY force me to purchase insurance.

Skywise on June 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Gulp: Multiple polls show support for ObamaCare climbing

huh?
had to clean my glasses and take another look see…unbelievable…just waiting for all this crap to kick in, boy will these 46% be surprised….

cmsinaz on June 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

perfect vader video allah

cmsinaz on June 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

We have the attention span of gnats. What with the oil spill, the economy, etc, Americans forgot about O-care.

That, and the benefits haven’t been slashed yet.

I wonder if the CBO projections out today will make a difference…

Grace_is_sufficient on June 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM

This is to be expected. It’s not 24/7 being discussed, and no one has felt the real effects of it yet. Plus, it’s summer, and people don’t pay as much attention to politics during the summer.

lizzie beth on June 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

So what? The GOP still has an obligation to repeal the bill and screw the dems the way that the dems screwed America. I could care less what the polls say. It’s time to play on the same level they do.

F*ck them!

madmonkphotog on June 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

It doesn’t matter

top of mind

the people who are going to vote are already energized.

These polls mean really nothing right now.

Really. Those most energized are lurking in the weeds.

Scoreboard44 on June 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

It passed. The world didn’t blow up the next day.

Taxes haven’t kicked in for it. The mandate doesn’t kick in for another 3.5 years. Health insurance plan rates won’t rise until later this year or early next year. For 99% of people, their health care today is no different than it was 3 months ago.

People who don’t pay much attention figure, oh I guess those Republicans were full of shit with their Armageddon projections. The bill must be OK after all.

angryed on June 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Nomentum.

Free Constitution on June 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I mean, we’re screwed if this keeps up.

Free Constitution on June 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

This is to be expected. It’s not 24/7 being discussed, and no one has felt the real effects of it yet. Plus, it’s summer, and people don’t pay as much attention to politics during the summer.

lizzie beth on June 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

nailed it
Gulf crisis and sh*t
not on peoples minds right now

Scoreboard44 on June 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Just wait until premiums rise and folks lose coverage through their employers.

publiuspen on June 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Exit question: Why are the numbers coming back? The news about cost projections, etc., has been steadily bad. It can’t be because … The One has finally shut his big yapper about it, can it?

It’s because no one’s talking about it. The BP spill, the economy, and even Afghanistan are bigger stories right now. But the idea that Obamacare is suddenly becoming a net positive for the Dems is laughable. If that’s the case, then explain Blanche Lincoln’s 30-point deficit in the polls. Explain why so many Dems aren’t even discussing it anymore.

The truth is Obamacare will play out just like Romneycare in MassachusettEs. Costs will be driven higher, followed by the government being forced to step in and cap prices, which in turn will drive private insurers out of business. And all the while, people will be losing their coverage in droves. And let’s not forget how Medicare will be going broke during all of this.

Now the Dems will try to pin this all on insurance companies and/or the GOP, and they may sucker 25-30% of the population into believing that. But the health care law will be right back in negative territory in no time once all this happens.

Doughboy on June 30, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Also, outside of what the GOP needs to do, WE need to keep the pressure up on our reps in both the House and Senate. Regardless of the polls, this bill runs afoul of the Constitution and should be repealed. Also, call your state’s AG and thank them for suing the Fed, if they are. If they aren’t, ask them to do so.

Weight of Glory on June 30, 2010 at 8:37 PM

I’ve always thought the repeal thing was a little ambitious. The Left/Dems and the Press will fight tooth and nail to preserve Obama’s legacy.

I’m also sure that there is more than one corporation who would love to dump their h/c costs onto the “government”…esp. those with lots of union retirees. Also it solves part of the state pension thing.

there are very few people who have the foresight to figure out that, while they are health today, their care will be rationed. check back with them when they are 70, they might have a different opinion. but, for today, que sera sera.

r keller on June 30, 2010 at 8:37 PM

I will wait for September.

When things get back to near normal.

Scoreboard44 on June 30, 2010 at 8:37 PM

OT

From Drudge:

CREW Calls for House Investigation into Obama Staffers’ Use of Personal Email, Meetings with Lobbyists

The End Times are upon him.

BobMbx on June 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Support may be climbing now since nobody is talking about it. But when that crap sandwich starts taking effect, look out.

SoulGlo on June 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Kinda of like the “calm” before the bills come in.Actual cost and lack of care will kill the bill sooner or later.

tim c on June 30, 2010 at 8:42 PM

KOS polling werked for moi!

/Oblahblah

Key West Reader on June 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM

How many of those polled believe its already happened, that ObamaCare has taken effect and behold, nothing has changed. I still have my doctor, my taxes haven’t gone up…just like PBHO said.

Bishop on June 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Do gooders passing laws “for the children” is generally no big deal.

When someone or some group comes along and decides to enforce those doofy laws, it becomes a problem.

The defecrats hold all the keys to enforcement at the moment.

What happens when people start seeing the IRS showing up on their neighbors’ doorsteps when they either don’t pay the mandate or the fine?

BowHuntingTexas on June 30, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I’m also sure that there is more than one corporation who would love to dump their h/c costs onto the “government”…esp. those with lots of union retirees. Also it solves part of the state pension thing.

r keller on June 30, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Walmart would love nothing more than to have their employees get “free” health care from Obama. It would quickly put an end to the unionization effort. Well maybe not an end, but definitely make the idea of joining a union a lot less appealing to WM employees if they got “free” health care from Uncle Barrack.

angryed on June 30, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Not at all surprised by this. Yes, Allah, I think you have identified one reason that support for Obamacare has improved, but the other, I think, is that the employment situation has not improved. Since the negative effects of this bill won’t be evident to the general population for some time, most people are simply concerned about how they’ll pay for a serious illness or injury in their family when one or both income-earners in a household are unemployed, and “free healthcare” suddenly sounds real good to them.

Unfortunately, this battle was always lost at passage. I am quite convinced that repeal is impossible. It’s depressing.

Animator Girl on June 30, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Are we collectively this stupid?

FireBlogger on June 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I hope that is a rhetorical question.

chemman on June 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM

repeal the bill and screw the dems the way that the dems screwed America. I could care less what the polls say. It’s time to play on the same level they do.
F*ck them!
madmonkphotog on June 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

+1

Feedie on June 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM

crosstabs

BKeyser on June 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM

FDR lives again.

Destroy the economy and all “hope” and the masses (see Isaiah) will turn to the government for salvation. It is working like a charm because you are dealing with the “masses”. That is the problem. How hard will it be to change their way of entitlement thinking?

Also, this Kagan thing. Its perfect – for BO. He despises the Supreme Court. Hates it. How better to tarnish it than to appoint some total stooge (stooges, sorry). Everyone will begin to look at “Supremes” in terms of Sotalame and Kagoon and presto! SC got no juice.

Keep thinkin these guys are dumb and they’ll beat you silly.

Back to the bunker – must dig deeper.

redriver59 on June 30, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Just had a conversation with someone about the difference between “healthcare” and “healthinsurance”. Some people just don’t get the difference. Words matter.

ctmom on June 30, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Here’s the reason if the polls are correct; it’s correct no matter:

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.”

“The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

LarryG on June 30, 2010 at 8:52 PM

That’s ironic considering we just had a meeting at the health insurance company I work at and it’s already a complete disaster to try to implement. The sheer amount of Medical Fraud and increases to taxes/health care premiums that are going to happen because of the bill just floor me. It’s insane.
and the complete lack of specificity in the bill (which leaves us guessing as to what to do) is shockingly amazing.

mjk on June 30, 2010 at 8:54 PM

We have the attention span of gnats. What with the oil spill, the economy, etc, Americans forgot about O-care.

That, and the benefits haven’t been slashed yet.

I wonder if the CBO projections out today will make a difference…

Grace_is_sufficient on June 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Thank the Publik Edukation system for that. People will be brought to their first moment of truth when their individual policies have a big increase or the group policies are changed and not for the better.

chemman on June 30, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Oh and let’s not forget all the plans that are “grandfathered” in. Which means, of course, unions.

And the no yearly or lifetime limits to benefits. You know, benefits like Physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropracters, naturopaths and all that other sh*t that shouldn’t be covered by health insurance. But are.

mjk on June 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Those tax increases minus benefits won’t. Next year is going to be a doozy.

ddrintn on June 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

You’re being too nice to me. Don’t go all wobbly on me yet. I think I still owe you some comment-recompense.

Next couple of fiscal years is going to be Hell for a lot of people. My family is budgeting now in preparation for thinner times.

The Race Card on June 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Hopefully it’s because everyone’s attention is directed on the other nightmare in the forefront.

Two words: gulf oil spill.

tru2tx on June 30, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Just make a list of the bureaucratic failures interfering in the clean up of the oil in the Gulf Coast…

… and tie it to what could happen to you under ObowmaCare.

Problem solved.

Seven Percent Solution on June 30, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Out of sight, out of (negative) mind.

Seixon on June 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I wonder if people will feel so encouraged when their employers start to drop their coverage and simply pay the penalty? I think not.

gatorfanatic on June 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

LarryG on June 30, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Great quote – link?

tru2tx on June 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM

It’s all about the doctor fixes. If Republicans favor zero government funding of doctors, would the majority vote Democrat? Maybe. That is why non-parasites need to carve out as much of the land as they can possibly do today. It’s time to look at maps and prepare for the future.

Everything will be run by Marxists in two years if we don’t prepare ourselves for total make-the-enemy-extinct war in the next few months. You don’t let the highest authorities, which all happen to be Marxists today, confident that they can make their vision become reality without painful reprisals. The only thing that makes Communists think twice is personal injury and death. Joe McCarthy slowed down the Communist takeover by ten or fifteen years by just targeting them and chasing them to the defensive.

Buddahpundit on June 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Memories are fading.

The Race Card on June 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Yes, they are.

Diane Suffern on June 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM

I think this was inevitable. And, I don’t see repeal happening.

changer1701 on June 30, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Ask Kos about polls

This is BS. There will be more of these silly polls.

CrazyGene on June 30, 2010 at 9:03 PM

No surprise, the pain hasn’t been felt yet. Conveniently postponed until after November elections.

Captain America on June 30, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Just wait until you have to live under Obamacare. People will change their minds then but by which time it will be too late.

Crux Australis on June 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM

I think this was inevitable. And, I don’t see repeal happening.

changer1701 on June 30, 2010 at 9:02 PM

…and therefore, those of you in your 50′s and upwards needn’t bother commenting, because your “quality of life” years have passed, and you have little left to contribute to society. In fact you are now a drain on our society’s resources, and so when you are called in front of the Death Panel, you would do well to select the green pill for a quick and painless exit.

/s

ornery_independent on June 30, 2010 at 9:11 PM

The FFT is a multi-edged sword that cuts many ways. You can’t do a basic swap-out for a 10x factor change in adjustment by people – we are not logarithmically increasing our capability to process information. Thus, arithematically we are cutting some unknown factor time X from our ability to ingest and understand new information, that then builds upon previous advances.

With Obamacare the public took about 3 months to begin digesting it and get an organic counter-movement started, about 3 more months to coalesce that counter-movement (JUN 2009), then begin pressing hard with it thereafter. Congress did not abide by the will of the people and passed it anyways, so while the favorable/unfavorable will vary, the constant downward pressure on Congressional approval will continue.

This current crisis is seeing the indigenous start-up counter-movement take about 3 months… starting in early MAY 2010. By the end of JUL 2010 there will be a fully organized counter-system to what is going on, if we follow the Obamacare counter-response period… that gets you to mid- to late- OCT 2010. As that will be a peaking period against the handling of the spill it will also coincide with NOV 02 elections.

And people will STILL remember their feelings about Congress over Obamacare no matter *where* it stands in approve/disapprove.

Obama has not adjusted to this, nor has the Left, thus the public is now acting inside their OODA loop time. That is a losing proposition for Obama. And no matter how many crises he tries to press forward on, that then just starts more and more counter-opposition movements. At some point the opposition is moving so fast that Obama can’t respond…then things get very interesting as the antiquated form of centralized government designed by the Progressives falls apart.

The FFT is a great driver of modern events outside of just our ability to understand more rapidly. The more we process, reach out, and extend our network of people to help counter authoritarian government, the greater the leverage of that networked system becomes. When the flexible network of social contacts digesting information becomes a greater force than government, then it is government that fails, not society. Then society builds something better to replace the failed system and to reflect itself…and that will not be centralized.

ajacksonian on June 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

It passed. The world didn’t blow up the next day.

Taxes haven’t kicked in for it. The mandate doesn’t kick in for another 3.5 years. Health insurance plan rates won’t rise until later this year or early next year. For 99% of people, their health care today is no different than it was 3 months ago.

People who don’t pay much attention figure, oh I guess those Republicans were full of shit with their Armageddon projections. The bill must be OK after all.

angryed on June 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

QFT. This is exactly the reason for this. Just wait until September, this is about to get real.

Red Cloud on June 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Because the GOP is silent and incompetent. There is no opposition in our 1 party system.

Progressive and progressive light.

rickyricardo on June 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM

RickyRicardo is correct. The GOP has let the greatest issue in history slide. This is almost criminal what they have done. The GOP leadership needs to grow a set of balls.

Jdripper on June 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM

A caveat: tracking polls (the ones mentioned here) never get a real-world vetting, the way predictive pre-election polls do. The methodology is never accountable to any other version of ground truth. That doesn’t mean the people conducting the polls aren’t being honest, but it does mean nothing forces them to confront biases they may not be accounting for in their methodology and analysis.

There’s an inherent bias in the random national phone poll methodology: it doesn’t account for the bias toward higher-density area codes, and the fact that “blue voters” occur more often in those area codes.

To be more accurate about national opinion, it should. I don’t believe what these polls tell me today, and I won’t until I see a less concentrated distribution of blue-voting counties/precincts — or until the polling methodology corrects for the observed disparity.

There are still more people, total, in the red counties than in the blue ones, but on the margin, the polling bias is toward the blue counties. That matters, especially when numbers are hovering around the 42-28 area, with an avowed margin of error of 4.

J.E. Dyer on June 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

So what? The GOP still has an obligation to repeal the bill and screw the dems the way that the dems screwed America. I could care less what the polls say. It’s time to play on the same level they do.

F*ck them!

madmonkphotog on June 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM
Also, even if the Republicans take both Houses of Congress, the battle to straighten out this mess will take guts.

mobydutch on June 30, 2010 at 9:28 PM

The scary thing is that under a normal President this would be top priority for everybody for how serious it is but we have to top it:

1) Rising unemployment that is not getting better
2) A major disaster in the gulf
3) A debt that is now what 60% + of our GDP
4) The President threatening massive tax increases
5) The stock market sliding again
6) The Arizona debacle and the possibility of amnesty
7) Financial reform that could be a disaster
8) An Internet bill that could be a disaster
9) The President asking for more money on bogus stimulus

I think people just have too much to worry about. Have to give Barry credit he’s got the market on incompetence.

gophergirl on June 30, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Just wait until you have to live under Obamacare. People will change their minds then but by which time it will be too late.

Crux Australis on June 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM

And by then it will be the only thing we have and you will dare not take it away. Damn the real costs or the opportunity costs as with Social Security. This will only secure the lowest common denominator for America in regards to its health care . Hooray./

CWforFreedom on June 30, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Well, when you make people poor and decrepit they get needy. That is the history of the democrats. The weak are being bent to their will. This is why they aren’t republicans.

tomas on June 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Yes, as people have said, when you don’t have a job, free healthcare sounds good.

Marcus on June 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Yes, as people have said, when you don’t have a job, free healthcare sounds good.

Marcus on June 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM

And when somebody wins, we’ll put away the game board and go have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Maybe we’ll play another game of “The Rise and Fall of the United States” later.

But, we do have to sing the Obama song sometime today.

BobMbx on June 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Nothin’s happened yet. JUST WAIT TILL THERE ARE NO DOCTORS …it’s coming !

stenwin77 on June 30, 2010 at 9:51 PM

But Alla you failed to point out that in the Rasmussen poll true the numbers for repeal have gone down some the support numbers have stated between a low of 32% and 42% .So people who have left the repeal side have not moved to the support side.

thmcbb on June 30, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Yeah…that’s because nobody’s felt the effects of it yet. Much.

S. Weasel on June 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Exactly.
Look, we all knew this already. It’s not like this is some kind of surprise or anything. All during the debate we knew the real effects would not be felt for some time after.
But see, leadership in issues like this are not effected by poll numbers.

The defense of liberty and self government does not begin by checking on the latest polls.
How many men have faced down cannon, musket and gun to defend our freedoms and yet today we can’t garner enough courage to stand against a poll. Our hearts fail us the moment it seems public opinion changes direction yet there once was a time when men would rather face death then live without liberty. Our founders risked hanging in the defense of freedom. Too many of us cannot even risk being called a name.

JellyToast on June 30, 2010 at 10:00 PM

ObamaCare? What? Shush… “Dancing With The Stars” is on…

glockomatic on June 30, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Too many other shiny things to distract the average American right now.

Don’t worry – once it becomes an item worthy of their attention again, the numbers will correct themselves.

RedNewEnglander on June 30, 2010 at 10:05 PM

WHAT…..????????????????
Ok, I don’t think I’ve done this before, VERY OFTEN, but FWIW…
THIS HEADLINE IS BULL$HIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I apologize to you that are weak minded…I will still defend you…
I may not feed you but ….
BEANS BULLETS AND BANDAIDS are the order of the day…

jerrytbg on June 30, 2010 at 10:11 PM

The One is screwing the country so bad in so many ways that Health Care numbers are not gonna matter much. It’s not a one issue election in November…its everything he has done to apologizing to bailouts to taxes and the biggest one is gonna be his incompetence in the Gulf. That is his undoing.

crazywater on June 30, 2010 at 10:14 PM

crazywater on June 30, 2010 at 10:14 PM

With ELECTRONIC VOTING ….
Come Nov…let’s see what happens…
Previous post accentuated…

jerrytbg on June 30, 2010 at 10:34 PM

At least one of my medical providers – a lifelong liberal – has already been driven to such distraction by existing insurance hassles that she is considering simply dropping her prices and refusing to accept any insurance at all. So either O care patients will find themselves with uncooperative doctors or the health care profession itself will quit en masse rather than be bullied by the government. Then there will be a general revolt against the health care mandate. If this hasn’t registered with the public it must be the summer doldrums. It takes energy to get off your keester..

Seth Halpern on June 30, 2010 at 10:43 PM

DO NOT WANT!!

Seriously, the problem with this is that people have stopped talking about it, stopped protesting it, and stopped acting like it’s something that can be repealed.

We need to POUND the issue EVERY SINGLE TIME another revelation about what’s in the bill comes to light.

Jewels on June 30, 2010 at 10:49 PM

the death panels are still getting spooled up, and “dead men” answer no polls…..at least that’s what I hear….

ted c on June 30, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Was the survey taken before or after the seniors (who fell into the donut hole for prescription drug coverage), received their $250 checks? I can see where money would temporarily change the views of the recipients, and those told of the windfall.

4of8 on June 30, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Boehner and McConnell think they can run out the clock playing freeze-ball. They’re gutless @ssholes, and they’re dead wrong. The GOP should be attacking on all fronts, all the time. Anything less will result in defeat.

Bugler on June 30, 2010 at 11:18 PM

IT’s because the GOP isn’t talking about how truly bad it is…

ladyingray on June 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Ain’t that the truth…these scumsuckers aren’t standing up to the bloodsuckers. Even Sarah Palin’s backed off of this issue-but there again, she’s had her credibility on the issue attacked by even some conservative commentators over the “death panel” accusations.

Also, keep in mind that there is no dearth of psychologists, sociologists and the like in and around Team Obama, that is their natural milieu. Therefore, they can probably predict in many cases how the sheeple will react and over what time period. They’re cynical but accurate I’m sure.

Lastly as more people lose their jobs and/or feel financially insecure the notion of having Uncle Sam take care of them becomes more appealing. Something that I’m sure was planned to happen.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 30, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Bring up the repeal and replace bill in a month or two and watch the numbers go back down. Make it part of balancing the budget.

cpaulus on June 30, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Of course! When more and more people are getting laid off and with no end in sight to the spending and the lack of economic recovery plus higher taxes coming up before a new election can do anything to repair and the lack of faith voters have in politicians actually doing anything to repeal it, most voters are probably thinking that they ought to at least get SOMETHING for all the money they’re spending. If you have no job and unemployment insurance is drying up and you have no prospects for a new job, how do you get insurance past spending $900.00 a month for insurance for your family?

Again, of course people are warming to the idea. Weaken them, make them more reliant, give them NO HOPE, and ignore their pleadings, is a great way to force people to get in line or get NOTHING. The people in the Gulf understand that better than anyone in the USA.

Sultry Beauty on July 1, 2010 at 1:29 AM

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