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MO Hicks Don’t Understand Healthcare Law

From a straw clutching Washington Post:

Missouri vote cited as proof that public dislikes health-care overhaul

By Alec MacGillis
Thursday, August 5, 2010; A03

A day after Missouri voters rejected a key component of the nation’s new health-care overhaul, Republicans seized on the result as conclusive evidence that Americans don’t like the law…

Supporters of the overhaul played down the vote, noting that it has no practical impact and that Tuesday’s electorate was largely Republican. But they conceded that a lack of public support could make it hard to put the law into practice…

[S]upporters of the national law argued that the electorate was far from representative. Turnout was far higher on the Republican side, where Blunt was facing a more competitive field than Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan was on the Democratic side.

About two-thirds of the voters participated in the Republican Senate primary, and turnout in Democratic strongholds such as St. Louis and Kansas City was among the lowest in the state. And Missouri in general is conservative on health-care policy — its Medicaid eligibility policy is among the most stringent in the country.

Hilarious. It couldn’t just be that Missourians, like most people, don’t think the government should be able to force them to buy anything – let alone health insurance.

No, it couldn’t possibly be that. That is unthinkable – at least for the philosophs at the Washington Post.

The overhaul’s backers also pointed to national polls that show an uptick in support for the new law. "We’re trying not to read too much into it, because we know it’s a very small percentage of registered voters and that very conservative primary races were being decided," said Amy Blouin, founder of the Missouri Budget Project, a liberal advocacy group…

Blouin said there is a lack of clarity about the mandate’s context in Missouri, where 14 percent of people under age 65 don’t have coverage. "People don’t understand that the mandate is not happening in a vacuum," she said. "Middle-class families, small businesses will all benefit from support."

Well, sure if they had only explained that making people pay a $3,000 fine for not having health insurance would help small business, the measure would have been soundly rejected.

Meanwhile, the ever genial Harry Reid was even more explicit is saying that the hicks in Missouri are just too stupid to understand the healthcare reform law.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Reid: Voters Like Health Law If They Understand It

By Naftali Bendavid
August 4, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) responded today to a Missouri vote that Republicans call a rebuke to the sweeping new health law by saying voters like the legislation better the more they know more about it

Reid noted that Tuesday’s turnout was low, at 23%. But his main argument was that people will like the law better the more they see its benefits.

“It’s very obvious that people have a lack of understanding of our health care reform bill,” Reid said. “The more people learn about this bill, the more they like it.”

Reid cited recent polls suggesting that the health law is becoming more popular, though a significant number of Americans still oppose it.

“The trend is turning all over America today,” Reid said. “Once you explain what’s in the bill, the American people of course like it.”

We suspect that the percentage of Missourians who read the ‘healthcare bill’ before they voted on it was far higher than the percentage of Congressmen who read it before their vote.

For the record, here is the relevant portion of the proposal as it appeared on Tuesday’s ballot:

Proposition C

Shall the Missouri Statutes be amended to:

Deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services?

What is there to understand? Even the bumpkins in flyover Missouri should be able to understand what this means.

And maybe they want the government to back (the hell) off.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “MO Hicks Don’t Understand Healthcare Law”

  1. Tater Salad says:

    ………………Well. Democrats and Progressives don’t understand something even “Bigger”:

    Talk about being “Dumb as a Stump”:


  2. TwilightZoned says:

    ” Turnout was far higher on the Republican side…”

    Only part of the story is told here. MO voters are allowed to choose which ballot they want regardless of their party affiliation. Voters who turned out were perhaps more concerned about the actual bill than party affiliation.

    “…turnout in Democratic strongholds such as St. Louis and Kansas City was among the lowest in the state.”

    Surprise, surprise, surprise. (In my best Gomer Pyle imitation.) This is what has been predicted, lack of dimocrats, all along with midterm elections, etc. One of the reasons Barry needs to fire up his base and will continue to do so even if despicable tactics are deemed necessary.

    “Reid: Voters Like Health Law If They Understand It”

    “It’s very obvious that people have a lack of understanding of our health care reform bill,” Reid said. “The more people learn about this bill, the more they like it.” …

    The big dumb dummy voters couldn’t possibly understand what’s in the health bill. What an arrogant, diluted fool.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      If I get Reid’s inference correctly, he is telling us that the law has to be explained to us dullards so we can then “appreciate” it. However, given the fact that reasonable people can interpret English largely without help, I do not need an interpreter. Not him, not Pelosi, not anyone who wants to spin the actual law into something that makes me believe that eating a sh-t sandwich is good for me.

      The text of the law is plain enough.

      To put it another way, Harry, don’t piss on my boots and tell me it’s raining.

      You arrogant, self-centered, pompous prick.

  3. Warren says:

    Just more of this WH and Congress rationalizxing so they can do what they want rather than what the people want.

  4. Right of the People says:

    Duh, I hope this fall the voters of Nevada are too stupid to understand how good ol’ Harry is to them and vote his sorry ass out.

    This is one thing that infuriates me about the Democraps! They all have this holier than thou, I’m so much smarter than you attitude. They expect you to blindly believe what they say without asking any questions. And when you do ask them a question they try their best to denigrate you and always say the issue is far too complex for you to comprehend.

    It’s times like this I just want to grab me a liberal, put my hands around their scrawny little, tofu munching necks and squeeze.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    -‘turnout in Democratic strongholds such as St. Louis and Kansas City was among the lowest in the state’-

    So what does this say – that Dems don’t vote unless it is a Presidential election?
    That unless ACORNED and driven to the polls, Dems don’t vote?
    or perhaps
    That ACORN & The Vote Early, Vote Often buses did not run because they were afraid that even their dumbed down masses, just might vote against since I believe even at this late stage – the against is still running over 60% – which means that it isn’t all conversatives/Repubs.

    MO is is just the first shot – Won’t it be interesting if that the one thing Obama mirrors his ‘idol’ Lincoln – would be the start of a civil war?!?

  6. canary says:

    Reid, like Pelosi need to be locked up in a nursing home.

    Reid “Once you explain what’s in the bill, the American people of course like it.”
    In other words “The government spiked your drink & you liked it”

  7. JohnMG says:

    …….“It’s very obvious that people have a lack of understanding of our health care reform bill,” Reid said…….

    That being the case, Reid had better hope they don’t develop a more complete understanding of that turkey.

    I’m one of those underinformed people of whom he speaks. His problem is misreading the polling results. Missourians are energized, and will vote accordingly, while his like-minded schlubs are totally demoralized or they would have turned out in similar numbers.

    Today, Claire McCaskill was asked about those numbers and contritely responded that she got the “message”, though she trotted out the party line that folks shouldn’t put too much stock in the results.

    Which amounts to so much “whistling past the graveyard” on the dem’s part. McCaskill isnt up for re-election until ’12, by which time she hopes we have forgotten where she stood on the issues. She may have been an OK state auditor, but as a senator, she sucks!! People won’t forget–I know I won’t–and she’ll be a one-termer for sure.

    I’ve had one too many of her snooty, condescending e-mail responses to legitimate questions, and others to whom I’ve spoken relate the same treatment. If there’s a hick to be seen from Missouri, Claire’s the poster child–right along with the Carnahan bunch. They’re like the Clintons–except without their “class”.

    Draw your own conclusions.

    • Indeed “Show me” a real understanding of the turkey (assuming one doesn’t exist already) and I’ll show you a 98% result.

      Good job on sending a message from MO John.

  8. jrmcdonald says:

    “Supporters of the overhaul played down the vote, noting that it has no practical impact”

    Obamacare, protecting our borders, gay marriage, a mosque at ground zero, $50K electric car (real price) that sucks. They don’t care what we think or want. We must drive these pigs from our government.

  9. canary says:


    On a Saturday afternoon, in Washington , D. C., an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the Bishop of the Catholic cathedral in D.C. He told the Cardinal that Nancy Pelosi would be attending the next day’s Mass, and he asked if the Cardinal would kindly point out Pelosi to the congregation and say a few words that would include calling Pelosi a saint. The Cardinal replied, “No. I don’t really like the woman, and there are issues of conflict with the Catholic Church over certain of Pelosi’s views.” Pelosi’s aide then said, “Look. I’ll write a check here and now for a donation of $100,000 to your church if you’ll just tell the congregation you see Pelosi as a saint.” The Cardinal thought about it and said, “Well, the church can use the money, so I’ll work your request into tomorrow’s sermon.” As Pelosi’s aide promised, House Speaker Pelosi appeared for the Sunday worship and seated herself prominently at the forward left side of the center aisle. As promised, at the start of his sermon, the Cardinal pointed out that Speaker Pelosi was present. The Cardinal went on to explain to the congregation, “While Speaker Pelosi’s presence is probably an honor to some, the woman is not numbered among my personal favorite personages. Some of her most egregious views are contrary to tenets of the Church, and she tends to flip-flop on many other issues. Nancy Pelosi is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a thumb sucker, and a nit-wit. Nancy Pelosi is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief. I must say, Nancy Pelosi is the worst example of a Catholic I have ever personally witnessed. She married for money and is using her wealth to lie to the American people. She also has a reputation for shirking her Representative obligations both in Washington , and in California . The woman is simply not to be trusted.” The Cardinal concluded, “But, when compared with Pres. Obama, House Speaker Pelosi is a saint.”

  10. fallingpianos says:

    Classic leftist projection. What Harry really said was: “The more I learn about this bill, the more I like it.”

  11. Reality Bytes says:

    And the smug pompous pricks in Congress are going to out of work in November; what’s their point?

  12. Chinnubie says:

    I was an election judge in that Missouri election last Tuesday and I handed out more Democrat ballots than I did Republican but to clarify, I worked a heavy Democrat area of St. Louis, North County and I really believe that most of those folks still voted for Prop C. I can’t say for sure but, I just have a feeling and as far as the electorate being low that was not the case where I worked they had about the exact same turn-out percentage as the November 2008 election.

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