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Shocker: Most Still Don’t Like Obama-care

From a gobsmacked Associated Press:

AP-GfK Poll: Resistance to health care bill strong

By Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Writer Thu Apr 15

WASHINGTON – Opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law jumped after he signed it — a clear indication his victory could become a liability for Democrats in this fall’s elections.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans oppose the health care remake 50 percent to 39 percent. Before a divided Congress finally passed the bill and Obama signed it at a jubilant White House ceremony last month, public opinion was about evenly split. Another 10 percent of Americans say they are neutral.

So Mr. Obama has been unable to ‘sell the dog food,’ after all.

Disapproval for Obama’s handling of health care also increased from 46 percent in early March before he signed the bill, to 52 percent currently — a level not seen since last summer’s angry town hall meetings.

Again with the “angry.”

Nonetheless, the bleak numbers may not represent a final judgment for the president and his Democratic allies in Congress.

Only 28 percent of those polled said they understand the overhaul extremely or very well. And a big chunk of those who don’t understand it remain neutral.

Let’s look at the AP’s ‘logic’ here. If people who say they understand the bill are opposed to it 52% to 46%, why would people who don’t understand the bill as yet embrace it once they do?

In other words, why is the AP assuming that when more people find out about Obama care they will approve of it? It hasn’t been the trend so far.

(Just kidding. We know why.)

Democrats hope to change public opinion by calling attention to benefits available this year for seniors, families with children transitioning to work and people shut out of coverage because of a medical problem

Never mind that this tactic has not worked so far.

Analysts said the level of public wariness on such a major piece of social legislation is unusual.

"The surprise of this poll is that you would expect people to be more supportive of the bill now that it’s the law of the land — and that’s not the case," said Robert Blendon, a Harvard public health professor who follows opinion trends on health care. "The election for the House is going to be competitive, and health care is clearly going to be an issue."

What a surprise that a Harvard public health professor would say such a thing.

Of course way back in the distant (and quaint) past, massive ‘social legislation’ was only passed with a wide–ranging bipartisan consensus. That’s not the way we do things today.

Still, how irksome that must be, that the sheep won’t toe the line.

The nearly $1 trillion, 10-year health care remake would provide coverage to nearly all Americans while also attempting to improve quality and slow the ruinous pace of rising medical costs.

Never mind that it will do none of these things. In fact, this ‘reform’ will achieve precisely the opposite.

Nonpartisan congressional budget analysts say the law is fully paid for.

Nonpartisan bureaucrats who serve at the whim of a Democrat controlled Congress, and who can only crunch the phony numbers they are given.

Its mix of Medicare cuts and tax increases, falling mainly on upper-income earners, would actually reduce the federal deficit. And people covered by large employers may even see a dip in their premiums.

The public doesn’t seem to be buying it.

But don’t get discouraged, Associated Press. As your spiritual mentors said, if you repeat a big lie often enough it will become the truth.

Fifty-seven percent said they expect to pay more for their own health care, contrasted with 7 percent who expect to pay less. And 47 percent said they expect their own medical care to get worse, compared with 14 percent looking forward to an improvement…

Politically, Americans are polarized.

Funny how Americans are always “polarized” when poll results don’t reflect the results our media masters want.

Democrats support the overhaul by 68 percent to 18 percent, while Republicans oppose it 85 percent to 9 percent. Independents are roughly even, with 44 percent opposed and 40 percent in favor — within the poll’s margin of error. That suggests there’s some space for Obama and the law’s supporters to make an appeal in its favor

Ron Pollack, head of Families USA, a liberal advocacy group that supports the overhaul, said it will be "a real task" to turn public opinion around, but he’s confident it will happen.

Of course they will, they have the media, Hollywood, the schools and the rest of the establishment culture on their side.

Eventually they could convince the American populace of anything.

"When you dig deeper, individual provisions of the law have enormous support," he said. Pollack believes current polls reflect public disgust with a "very lengthy and messy process."

That’s got to be it!

There is just no other possible explanation.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Shocker: Most Still Don’t Like Obama-care”

  1. GL0120 says:

    When people come to understand that Our Dear Leader wants for us, they will embrace it.
    Whenever doubt creeps into the mind simply repeat – To know Our Dear Leader is to love him.
    All is well, trust in Obama.

  2. proreason says:

    Brilliant analysis, Steve.

    Like RB said the other day….it’s like an alternate universe where up is down and black is white.

    But it is a relatively good sign that the article was even published.

    AP must have thought they have to discuss the poll results in order to discredit them.

  3. Right of the People says:

    I guess the AP will be shocked this fall when the Dims lose both the House and Senate.

    GL, that is why I decided the Army wasn’t the career for me, they demanded blind trust and my brain just couldn’t wrap itself around the concept. It’s probably a character flaw and when I get hauled off to one of the re-education camps they might be able to fix it.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “The surprise of this poll is that you would expect people to be more supportive of the bill now that it’s the law of the land — and that’s not the case,” said Robert Blendon, a Harvard public health professor

    When a law is a stupid, stupid thing….Take for instance prohibition….you will find the people will do their best to find a way around it. And so it will be with our own healthcare. Those of us who can, will seek other means for treatment outside or within our own borders. There may be clinics-a-plenty popping up like speakeasys of the 1920’s. You know the secret code and come in and get a tonsilectomy. Or, other procedure that you don’t trust the government to administer.

    The health-easys will be remarkably clean, staffed by professionals and you will feel secure going there.

    Of course, the downside is that the feds will clamp down on them. But they will be mobile, somehow, and vanish when the brownshirts come looking.

    Sure, it’s just an imagining in my own mind, but I already support it wholeheartedly. Another downside is….the criminal element. But can you just picture the mob getting involved?

    “Hey Bawssss, ya want I should put his leg BACK?”

    “Nah…give him two days ta come up wid da monney….if he don’t DEN we’ll put it back on…”

    How weird is that?

    • proreason says:

      I predicted a black market for medical services several months back, so what you say makes sense to me.

      It will take a while to evolve because the monstrosity is such a mess, it will take years to figure out the full implications of it…..but once it becomes clear that people will be paying a lot more money for much worse service, this country won’t put up with it, and alternatives will emerge. Unfortunately, some of those alternatives will be dangerous. (Granny Clampetts treating heart conditions.)

      The saddest thing is that once the innovation engines have been snuffed out, there will be no black markets for them, because the profit potential will no longer exist. They will never return unless the whole mess is repealed, and even then, rebuilding the infrastructures will take decades.

      If this thing isn’t repealed, advances in medicine could be put on hold for generations.

      Street people will get a few additional months of life before succeeding at killing themselves. The rest of us will lose years of our lives.

      Just like Russia.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Indeed, one of Rush’s little discussed excursions two weeks ago was to seek out medical facilities outside the US. He found it in the former USSR in what was formerly Czechoslovakia. I think. Names there seem to change more often than certain actress’s boyfriends.

      But he found it. And I suspect in 2012 there will plenty of travel there from the US and possibly a few US doctors will move there.

      Meanwhile, the destroyers smile and laugh.

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