Jay Carney: People don’t like ObamaCare because of all the money that was spent attacking it

posted at 9:33 pm on June 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Examiner, which has a handy rebuttal ready: Just scroll through the polling at RealClearPolitics, all the way back to O’s first few months in office. The first poll showing net opposition to health-care reform appeared in mid-July 2009 and the first one showing double-digit net opposition followed a few weeks later. By early September, after Democrats got an earful at their health-care town halls in August, even the AP was showing a 15-point spread in opposition. Carney’s seizing on money as an explanation because that’s the White House’s unified field theory for all of its troubles right now. They’re being outspent by the right in the campaign (well, no, not really, but they might be eventually) and that Citizens-United-loving wingnut Supreme Court is about to shatter their dreams of universal health care and you just know that the damned Koch brothers are behind it all pulling the strings, so let’s go ahead and blame money for why the public hates ObamaCare too. Even though one of the most compelling reasons on the left for electing Obama four years ago was that he was allegedly such an oratorical samurai that he’d be able to sell the progressive vision while in office like virtually no one else. How many speeches on ObamaCare did he end up giving, in fact? Dozens, surely. How’d that work out with the polls?

Let me offer a radical counter-theory on why ObamaCare’s popularity never took off: As much as people dislike some aspects of their health care, they get panicky at the prospect of a major overhaul. Too much can go wrong if things don’t work out — longer waits, fewer doctors, more expensive care. Toss in a strange new power grab in the form of the mandate, exotic procedures being used in Congress to pass the thing, the prospect of Medicare being raided to pay for the reform, and the unpalatable reality of big government rolling out the ultimate big government program and you’ve got a mighty heavy lift turning this into a political winner. And no, it’s no answer to say, “But voters like seeing people with preexisting conditions covered.” That’s true, but there are lots of things voters like in the abstract that they end up liking a lot less once they realize the trade-offs involved. Voters really like the idea of a balanced budget, but when you explain to them that that’ll require entitlement cuts and higher taxes on the middle class, suddenly they’re a lot less eager, huh? In this case, the “goodies” included in the law simply never looked good enough to make all the causes for anxiety that I described above seem worthwhile.

I’ll leave you with this:

A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds nearly half of voters oppose the law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Thirty-nine percent favor the law. Thirty-nine percent — the exact same number — also favored it at the time it was passed two years ago (April 2010).


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Jay, we know what you are, the question is how much do you charge?

diogenes on June 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Once the mandate is kicked out tomorrow (I sure hope so), I predict dear leader’s words:

We’ve got to …..uh….mmmm…get out there and keep fighting. We talked about change and we tried for it, we……..uh….just need to keep fighting the good fight. I…uh….need you…uh…to help me.

We’ll help dear leader this fall right out of the white house. I can’t wait. I was emberassed of Bill Clinton, but at least he didn’t try to completely transform the country. President Obambi will go down in bistory as the worst president ever.

mechanical77 on June 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM

“They’re not even [within] 100 miles [of Baghdad]. They are not in any place. They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion … they are trying to sell to the others an illusion.”

- Baghdad Bob

stout77 on June 28, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Romney felt the Individual Mandate was a wonderful achievement in 2006.
He also pushed for Obama Care in 2009 when it passed.

Steveangell on June 28, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Yeah sure Jay

tacodawn on June 28, 2012 at 3:23 AM

People don’t like ObamaCare because of all the money that was spent attacking it

And people loved Obama because of all the money spent recreating him…

Do we have any idea what today’s prices are for faux foam pillars, Photoshop halos, and purchasing twin programmed in Russia teleprompters? Then, there were those very expensive payoffs to cover a life’s history of bad images, and

Don L on June 28, 2012 at 4:37 AM

Thirty-nine percent — the exact same number — also favored it at the time it was passed two years ago (April 2010).

And that was before, to paraphrase our first woman speaker of the house, they could possibly know all the sneaky gotcha stuff that was buried in it.

Don L on June 28, 2012 at 4:40 AM

a5minmajor on June 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Not everyone dislikes his policy because of his race. However based on your comment and paranoia, I am willing to bet YOU and a majority here hate him because of his race. Period.
Most level headed people are not fooled.

Uppereastside on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 AM

Sunlight Foundation: Obamacare supporters spent $62 million lobbying this cycle, opponents spent $42 million

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1z4vFD5kC

Resist We Much on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 AM

Not everyone dislikes his policy because of his race. However based on your comment and paranoia, I am willing to bet YOU and a majority here hate him because of his race. Period.Most level headed people are not fooled.

Uppereastside on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 AM | Delete | Delete and Ban

I am tired of this BS. I have carried a significant dislike for liberal/progressive ideas since Jimmy Carter. I do not give a damn who is expousing them. I don’t like the IDEAS. Whether it’s Obama, Pelosi or Reid, I DO NOT LIKE THE IDEA !!!
You have mentioned your admiration of MLK Jr. I carry the same admiration of the man. You, and other who think as you do, are doing the man a great injustice by bringing race into the argument. He would be appalled.
If you cannot discuss the ideas without bringing race into the discussion, the hell with you. Your not worth the time.

Jabberwock on June 28, 2012 at 6:13 AM

I was emberassed of Bill Clinton, but at least he didn’t try to completely transform the country. President Obambi will go down in bistory as the worst president ever.

mechanical77 on June 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Don’t kid yourself. Bill Clinton rode into Washington on the same train Obama rode in on. The difference is that Clinton has superior survival instincts. When he saw that Hillarycare was threatening his chances at a second term, he pulled the plug. Clinton is an ideologue….he’s just not as radical as Obama.

El Salsero on June 28, 2012 at 6:19 AM

If spending money on political ads for or against an issue/candidate does not move poll numbers, then why do people do it?

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 6:36 AM

When you need a heaping helping of stupid, Carney always delivers.

SKYFOX on June 28, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Not everyone dislikes his policy because of his race. However based on your comment and paranoia, I am willing to bet YOU and a majority here hate him because of his race. Period.
Most level headed people are not fooled.

Uppereastside on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 AM

Enough of this turd. Please ban him.

fossten on June 28, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Enough of this turd. Please ban him.

fossten on June 28, 2012 at 6:59 AM

I would no more wish a troll to be banned than I would wish a wild bear to starve, but it’s still a mistake to feed either one.

SKYFOX on June 28, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Most level headed people are not fooled.

troll on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 AM

I agree with your premise troll, but I reject your competence in determining who is level-headed. If it weren’t for the race card you’d have no cards to play at all considering you’re 51 cards short of a full deck.

BKennedy on June 28, 2012 at 8:09 AM

OMG. How can this guy even be standing with all the dizziness he must be experiencing from such prolonged, dervish-like twirling?

totherightofthem on June 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Not everyone dislikes his policy because of his race. However based on your comment and paranoia, I am willing to bet YOU and a majority here hate him because of his race. Period.
Most level headed people are not fooled.

Uppereastside on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 AM

Oh please. *zzzzzzzzzzzz* Wake me when you come up with something that is a)true and/or b)new and comment-worthy. You and your one-card deck bore me.

totherightofthem on June 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Enough of this turd. Please ban him.
fossten on June 28, 2012 at 6:59 AM

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In case you don’t know, the upper-east-side refers to this area of Manhattan. It is the location of Columbia Univ. and where many of NY City’s “sophisticates” live.
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This is how many of them view the world:

http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/72-the-world-as-seen-from-new-yorks-9th-avenue

diogenes on June 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Yes, we only oppose Obamacare because we’re stupid and we believe the lies that the evil Rethuglicans have spread about it. This is what the Obama White House really thinks of the American people.

eyedoc on June 28, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Do we REALLY have to endure this parade of unethical, truth-trampling A$$-Clowns this administration continues to march out in front of the cameras to vomit up this politically partisan, hypocritical, and completely deceitful BILE of denial and spin? I am not even going to insult the intelligence of those actually reading this by going through the list of broken promises, backdoor deals, and ways this administration rammed this ‘Obama Legacy’ piece of legislation, after prominsg Jobs was his top priority, up and down every orifice of our bodies, against the majority will of those who opposed it.

Carney is just another Obama administration PR ‘Circus Carnival Sideshow ‘Barkers’: ‘Come see the man with no brain, VP Biden, put his entire foot in his mouth. See the Two-Face man not $crew himself, the American people, & our allies…all at he Same time!’

Personally, I would love to see the press corp throw tomatoes at Carney the next time he says something obviously false or cosisting of heavily spun BS…or the next time he can’t remember Brian Terry’s name!

easyt65 on June 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

As opposed to all of our dough that HHS has spent trying to make us like it? Jay, you are a joke.

Kissmygrits on June 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

People don’t like Jay Carney because he is a twit impersonting Bagdhad Bob.

ObamatheMessiah on June 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

What is missing is how much the government and insurance companies they extorted spent on ads promoting it and I bet you will find they spent 10 times as much promoting it.

JeffinSac on June 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

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