For the first time in more than two years. Change:
Democrats held a four-point lead on the issue last month and a 10-point lead in June. For most of the past two years, more than 50% of voters said they trusted Democrats on health care. The latest results mark the lowest level of support measured for the party on the now-contentious issue.
Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low with just 42% of U.S. voters now in favor of it. That’s down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago.
Overall, Republicans lead Democrats in terms of voter trust on eight out of 10 key issues for the second consecutive month, and the two are tied on one issue.
Among those eight out of 10: Social security and education, which suggests the backlash is no longer isolated to ObamaCare but is spreading to the whole statist Great Society agenda. And yet … something in the way of health-care reform is guaranteed to pass, whether in the form of a public option or a “co-op” with government oversight a la Fannie/Freddie, and once it does the federal role is bound to expand over time until even the conservative agenda incorporates it as a political fact of life. (Just as it’s done with, er, social security and education.) To see what that portends for the future of the GOP, check out the abuse Daniel Hannan’s taking from British conservatives for daring to warn Americans that national health care is a clusterfark waiting to happen. Quote from Tory leader David Cameron: “I support the NHS 100% and the Conservative Party supports the NHS 100%.” With the British public having been weaned for decades on “free” health-care, he has no choice but to take that line, really; radical change in the form of a return to private health-care would be even more explosive than the GOP pushing privatization of social security. Result: Bipartisan British “consensus” that socialized medicine is the truth, the way, and the light. I’m looking forward to it here circa 2040.
Here’s Hannan on last night’s Hannity, refusing to quiet down.