A New Trend Emerges

Remember when the whole lefthand side of the blogosphere was all aflutter over a spot poll passed in the immediate wake of the passage of health care reform that showed that the public actually approved of the Democratic plan to bankrupt the nation – er, pass health care reform?  This despite months of polling showing how wildly unpopular the plan was? 

The smarter and more honest of the liberal pundits pointed out that the poll might be an outlier - and indeed it was.  In point of fact, a trend has emerged: support for the plan is sinking like a stone.  The trend line is unmistakable, as shown by this chart from Pollster.com:

The other unmistakable takeaway from this chart is that, beginning in July of 2009, there has been no point – none- at which the public actually favored this monstrosity. CBS News covers the latest carnage:

The public is increasingly skeptical of the health care reform bill signed into law last week, a new CBS News poll shows.

More Americans now disapprove of the legislation, and many expect their costs to rise and the quality of their care to worsen; few expect the reforms to help them.

President Obama has continued to tour the country to stump for his new set of reforms. This week he went to Portland, Maine, where he told people it will take more than a week for the benefits of reform to become apparent.

The poll, conducted March 29 through April 1, found that so far the president’s efforts to build up support for the bill appear to be ineffective.

Fifty-three percent of Americans say they disapprove of the new reforms, including 39 percent who say they disapprove strongly. In the days before the bill passed the House, 37 percent said they approved and 48 percent disapproved.

Republicans and independents remain opposed to the reforms, and support has dropped some among Democrats. Now 52 percent of Democrats approve of the new reforms, a drop from 60 percent just before the bill was passed by Congress.

There are those who think the public will forget about this boondoggle and November won’t be bad for the Democrats.  There are also those who believe the bill will reduce the deficit.  And, of course, there are those who believe in the tooth fairy and inexpensive lawyers.  I, however, choose not to live my life in woeful ignorance.

Listen up, folks:  when only a bare majority of Democrats approve of the bill that Barack Obama staked his presidency on, he’s treading close to one-term territory…and November is going to be a very, very good month for Republicans.  Too bad it took the ruin of the nation to get us there…

14 comments to A New Trend Emerges

  • Fargus

    Monstrosity, boondoggle, ruin of the nation. Looks like your correspondence school hyperbole lessons are coming along nicely.

  • I don’t think it’s hyperbole…to pass a massive new entitlement in the face of the fiscal nightmare we are in is the height of folly…

  • Let me put it this way: there was reckless spending under Bush, as well. But Bush’s reckless spending (exception: prescription drug benefit) had an expiration date. Obama has given us a gift that will keep on taking…

  • Fargus

    You honestly think that they’re just going to let Bush’s tax cuts expire? You think the Republicans would let that happen?

  • A quick show of hand, among those who profess such grave concern about the deficit outlook:

    Do you support allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire?

    Let the hemming and hawing and general prevarication begin …

  • Fargus, they couldn’t stop the health bill, could they? Guess it depends on the timing and how big a November they have…but Jacques, I hear what you’re saying…and guess what? Of course, I don’t WANT the Bush tax cuts to expire…but now, given the crisis that faces us, we probably have to let at least some of them expire. And a tax cut that expires is as good as a tax increase…but that’s the shape we’re in. Prior to the meltdown of late 2008, I would have been one of the hemmers and hawers…but now, I think everything needs to be on the table – and that means Republicans may have to live with higher taxes and Democrats with less spending…of course, that may be a pipe dream, but still…

  • In fact, I think both higher taxes and less spending are both going to have to take place…I don’t think either/or is going to get us out of this hole…

  • Fargus

    I’m objecting to you claiming that Bush was fiscally responsible because he used an accounting trick that foisted the responsibility for Bush’s policy onto Congress 10 years later. That’s not a reasonable position to take.

  • Quite the contrary; I stated plainly that Bush was guilty of reckless spending. It’s right there above in black and white…

  • And it seems like you are ignoring Obama’s own accounting trick of using ten years of payments for six years of benefits with his health care bankruptcy policy…

  • Fargus

    That’s not an accounting trick, it’s an implementation trick. Of course it’s a trick, but it’s dishonest of you to say that the second ten years will have the same average costs as the first six.

  • You’re right, I’m sure they’ll be much, much higher, as the history of entitlements has shown to inevitably be the case…

  • Billy Prin

    Hey Mark it says my last comment was filtered by the spam filter. It says to email you but I don’t see your email :) Anyway on the off chance this one doesn’t get filtered in short my comment asked how you are so sure that Obama’s health care plan will cost us money and that there is not a return of investment in taking care of people, especially before the ER’s are forced to treat them.

  • mikebdot

    I forgot all about you Mark. Hope all is well. It’s been awhile. Glad to see Fargus and Jacques still pressing your buttons.

    “In fact, I think both higher taxes and less spending are both going to have to take place…I don’t think either/or is going to get us out of this hole…”

    Wow. I never thought I would read anything remotely close to this from you. I mean, why the hurry? Why raise taxes? Are you merely aiming for a balanced budget? Or do you want to actually pay down some of our debt?

    Why can’t we run a deficit? We’re at war!

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