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  • Why Is Opposition to ObamaCare a Surprise?

    Health Care Opposition

    This week’s election of conservative Sen.-elect Scott Brown (Republican) in a very blue Massachusetts has sent shock waves throughout the White House and congressional leadership. In the last few days, the media has filed countless articles about Democratic members dropping their demands to ramrod a massive overhaul on the health care sector and instead start over with smaller components.

    That’s because despite some political analysis that stated otherwise, the Massachusetts senate vote was in part a referendum on ObamaCare. Politico reported this week that exit polls circulated by Republican polling firm Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates “found that 52 percent of Massachusetts voters said they opposed [President Barack Obama’s] health care push, and 42 percent said they voted to for Brown to stop reform.”

    But this isn’t the first time the American public has come out against ObamaCare. Public opinion polls for the past year from Gallup, Zogby International and even the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press have shown a steady drop in support, and corresponding rise in opposition, to health care reform legislation that would bloat Washington’s powers over the private health care sector.

    Kaiser Health News reporter Mary Agnes Carey has pinpointed some of the factors in ObamaCare that caused the greatest concern among a major voting group — Americans with job-based insurance who liked their coverage.

    Some of the things that didn’t strike well with the public:

    • Proposed cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage, in which one in four seniors are enrolled in the private-based health plans.
    • Promises from Obama that a health care overhaul would cut health care costs. Subsequent reports from the Congressional Budget Office, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other agencies would show that reform would bend the cost curve upward.
    • A planned barrage of new taxes considered on everything from health insurance premiums and tanning beds to medical devices and cosmetic surgeries.
    Backroom deal-making that cut sweetheart deals for congressional members over Medicaid funding and other health care perks.

    Add to all of these issues a complete lack of transparency in the last few weeks of the health care negotiations, which President Obama and others policymakers promised at the start of their reform efforts. When you add all of these issues — along with citizens’ protests at the Capitol and across America against government’s growth and greater spending — it’s no surprise that that voters would show their displeasure in the polls.

    The real question now is if Congress will stop trying to overhaul one-sixth of the American economy and start over with real reform efforts that could garner genuine bipartisan support?

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    11 Responses to Why Is Opposition to ObamaCare a Surprise?

    1. John, Schenectady NY says:

      And this article doesn't even mention the sweetheart deal for SEIU. What a disgraceful package this turned out to be. God bless the citizens of Massachusetts.

    2. Zack says:

      the republican party has said no to every single thing that doesn't fit into a perfect conservative mold. why should we trust the right-wing. they have no solutions. no legislative support, no idea only attacks. is this not true?

    3. JIM says:

      ZACK….EAT SOME FISH AND GROW A BRAIN.

    4. Pete, Las Vegas says:

      @ Zack: No, it's not true, as a matter of fact, we're even offering to pay for the batteries to power the hearing aids the liberals deny needing…. The right has offered plan after plan, after plan and the left just keeps marching toward it's socialist solution… complete government control…. If government is involved, it's going to be a really bad idea, because it favors the politician so he/she can stay in power, instead of allowing the market to find the solution that helps everyone…

      How about tort reform for one, just to get more people interested in medicine, and to make practicing medicine more affordable for those interested. How about letting insurance plans cross state lines to compete for business… just a couple of things the right has tried to enact…

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    10. Bobbie Jay says:

      Far from true, Zack.

      the republican party has said no to every single thing that doesn’t fit into a perfect conservative mold?

      Conservatives say no to every single thing that is a THREAT to the principles, freedoms and values of America and her people. Republicans BACK THAT! Freedom holds personal responsibilities that this government refuses to acknowledge. The government is bringing down the majority instead of holding the minority accountable to their own. Plenty of ideas as Pete mentioned that will build the minority of people who won't afford coverage, up!

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    12. mac says:

      Folks who swallowed the entire juvenile mess of the Obama parade will no doubt think of all sorts of excuses for the impending demise of Obama care. The real truth is not found in Left or Right side "soap sales", but rather in an opportunity to perhaps make changes to the health care environment that will influence the affordability and availability of healthcare by methods other than Government mandates.

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