Obama Administration Doubling
Down on Bet Electorate Will Swallow ObamaCare
By Dave Andrusko
Each day brings the Obama
administration and congressional Democrats 24 hours closer to
D-Day: the November mid-term elections. Each day there is a
swathe of news stories that combine an analysis of how badly
Democrats are likely to be hurt by voter rejection of ObamaCare
and a kind of bedazzled amazement that Obama may think he can
still sway the electorate.
Democratic pollster and author
Douglas E. Schoen offered his latest take in a piece that ran
yesterday in Politico (http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=6149022B-18FE-70B2-A8D1CA70A302E100).
"Despite lofty predictions that a
broad-based Democratic constituency would be activated by the
health care reform bill, recent polling shows that the bill has
been a disaster for the party -- with near 60 percent of voters
saying that they oppose the measure," Schoen writes. Indeed, "In
recent months, as voters express anger across-the-board with
Washington, there may well be no single initiative as unpopular
as the administration's health care reform bill."
But what's most interesting is
Schoen's [correct] conclusion that "The administration seems to
have decided that the widespread public backlash against the
health care reform bill, as reflected in this polling for
example, is the result of their failure to communicate the
bill's benefits effectively."
And surely it's true that there
are components of the bill that are popular, such as covering
people with preexisting conditions and "extending the time that
children to stay on their parents' insurance plans."
But Schoen's comeback is that
most people think their own health care will get worse under
ObamaCare, not better; think health care costs will go up, not
down; and that the national deficit will skyrocket.
And, of course, there is the
elephant in the room Schoen ignores: all those pro-lifers who
understand that ObamaCare came as a present to the Abortion
Establishment, gift wrapped with financial inducements.
We will do our best to educate
the public to this grim reality at the same time we emphasize
that tucked into those conclusions people have already drawn
about the negative impact on their own personal health care and
increased cost is the inevitability of rationing.
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