Monday, July 13, 2009

Is Obamacare In Trouble?

I've got literally dozens of good links on Obamacare, but haven't put them all together into a coherent post yet because the 'debate' is still in the foggy future.  I'll have more on that coming soon.

At the moment, however, I wanted to highlight the timeline.  Obama wants his health care takeover passed before the August recess, but that is looking increasingly unlikely.  I'm sure part of the reason is this teeny tiny little detail:

Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters now at least somewhat oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, while 46% at least somewhat favor it, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

This marks the first time that more voters lean against the plan than support it. Just two weeks ago, 50% were for the reform plan, and 45% were opposed.

The "nays" also continue to have the edge in terms of intensity. While 22% strongly favor the Democrats' health care reform plan, 38% strongly oppose it, up four points from the previous survey.

Among those voters who have health insurance, opposition is even higher: 43% favor the plan, but 52% oppose it. Those who strongly oppose it outnumber those who strongly favor it by two-to-one - 40% to 20%.

RedState rightly suggests that we need to make sure the public sentiment gets properly communicated to our 'representatives' in Washington.  As we all know, just because the American people don't want something doesn't mean Congress doesn't force it upon us (with complete exemption for themselves, of course).

Here's another suggestion that I heard somewhere: call your Senator/Rep and ask them what their position is (if they haven't taken a position because there isn't a specific bill yet, ask them what their thoughts on the general subject are).  If they are in favor of this government option or some form of nationalized health care, ask them if they intend to drop their current coverage to take advantage of the new plan.  If they say no -- and I'll bet you just about any amount of money they will -- then ask them why they feel it is such a good thing for America if it's not a good enough plan for them.

I'm curious as to what they'd say...

There's my two cents.

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