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  • Manufactured Momentum & Support for ObamaCare Screeching to Halt

    The Obama Administration’s health care reform agenda is stalled, but still alive. But there is a huge change. Last year, Congressional leaders wanted the thousands of pages of complex legislation enacted before the August recess. It was urgent, they insisted, thousands were losing their coverage daily. Now, however, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pulled a 180-degree in his quest to ramrod a massive health care bill through Congress this year. Telling reporters this week that “we’re not on health care now,” Reid gave this telling quote: “There is no rush.”

    The big change is that public opinion, especially when registered at the ballot box, is consequential. American voters will hold Congress accountable for imposing on them laws and rules and regulations that they do not want, while attempting to takeover one-sixth of the nation’s economy. Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown’s win corresponds with what many opinion polls have shown — that the public doesn’t want Washington securing more power of their health care decisions and dollars.

    Liberals in Congress and elsewhere are getting desperate. Proof of that is an attempt to create an alternative reality. For example, leftwing spokesmen are asserting, through a new poll that Americans really want do federal bureaucrats running our health care system (via a government-run health insurance plan or “public option”). But even those assertions fall flat in the face of mounting evidence from Pew Research Center, Gallup and Rasmussen Reports that says otherwise.

    For example, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s tracking poll this month found that public support for the health care proposals being discussed in Congress is divided at best, with 42 percent favoring and 41 percent opposing. The poll found for the first time in a year that more Americans (33 percent) thought they’d be worse off if health reform passed than those who thought they would be better off (32 percent).

    Some of the findings are curious. For example, while 53 percent of respondents say they’re more likely to support health care reform if there is a public option, only 38 percent were on board for a basic benefits package defined by the government. It is hard to imagine a public option that would not have a government-defined health benefits program. Moreover, House and Senate bills would have the federal government set benefits for “private health plans” as well.

    How provisions like the public option are explained to the public matters. In another survey conducted last October, Kaiser found that 57 percent of respondents said they favored the creation of a “government-administered public health insurance option” but that support dips to 32 percent when initial supporters were told that such plans “could give the government plan an unfair advantage over private insurance companies.”

    And make no mistake: There is no doubt that a government-run health plan — with taxpayers bearing the insurance risk — would have an unfair advantage in the insurance market. Ultimately, it would become the only option for consumers.

    The same opinion phenomenon occurs with individual mandate, proposed taxpayer-funding of abortion services or other parts of the health legislation. In both bills, the key provisions would centralize health-care decision-making powers in Washington. When voters start learning more about provisions in the House and Senate bills and what they would do to the health care sector, support drops dramatically.

    That’s why Americans are putting the brakes on Congress’ frenzied deal-making at their personal expense and legislative antics. They want reform but the majority of Americans want lawmakers to take a breath and start with smaller pieces that can garner real bipartisan support for targeted, common-sense reforms that enhance, not undercut, personal choice and competition.

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    10 Responses to Manufactured Momentum & Support for ObamaCare Screeching to Halt

    1. Lou, Tucson, AZ says:

      What really bothers me about this whole debate, is that instead of focusing on the CONSTITUTIONALITY of the federal governement to carry out this legislation. Instead, we are arguing about the points of the bill, and how much coverage people should get. Stop the madness. Where in the US Constitution is this type of power vested to the federal government? I can't find it.

      The 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people"

      This is why Massachussetts can pass health care legislation within the boundaries of Massachussets, or Hawaii..etc etc. but not the federal government. Can we stop arguing about national healthcare, and instead argue about this over reach of power by this President?

    2. mac says:

      I think that "health Care" as a Federal level issue is probably too complex for our House and Senate to deal with and it may well be outside the issues delegated to the Federal Government. It is in this line of thinking curious that we have Medicare at the Federal level.

      However given the way the Federal House and Senate operate it is probably much better to allow regulation of health care insurance to stay at the state level. Those legislators are probably more apt to know and react to their constituents than those at the Federal level.

    3. peter says:

      When geriatric lawmakers, relying on 20-something aides with no world experience, want to restructure one-sixth of the American economy it's bound to fail. That is why people are against the massive proposal put forth by Congress. Most of us know, inherently, that it can't be done without doing more harm than good.

      We either need to take a piecemeal approach, allowing inter- and intra-state purchases of policies and providing different levels of coverage for different prices, for example, or bring together real experts in the field–insurance company representatives, academics, the CEOs of the Mayo Clinic and similar health care providers, etc., put them in a room for however long it takes, let them come up with a plan and tell Congress it must vote up or down.

      Health care as an industry is simply too sprawling, complicated and multi-faceted to leave it in the hands of a few powerful lawmakers to remake. It can't be done. The sooner Democrats realize that the better, for them and for the nation.

    4. crankyoldlady, the o says:

      I'm no expert on health car but I've been paying attention to the surface arguments on Congressional approaches to changing our health care system.

      Why doesn't Congress just set up a national health care exchange and set some general parameters for the exchange. Parameters like no preexisting conditions, no lifetime caps on benefits, a minimum percentage of premiums that must be used for clients, etc. Then let whichever companies meet those parameters participate in the exchange and sell across state lines. Let's see how well those ideas work before investing huge amounts of tax dollars to provide a new form of welfare for the able.

    5. Todd says:

      The reason support for Health Care Reform tanked in the first place was because Lieberman and Nelson had the Public Option removed. The Public Option was ALWAYS polling high everywhere and it only makes sense to put the most popular provision in if you want to get reelected.

    6. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      I totally agree with Lou of Tucson. Healthcare market reforms or public offerings belong with the individual states. The federal government could act as a clearing house sharing various ideas and approaches used by other states to promote nondiscriminatory and affordable quality care. As tempting as it might be, the U.S. Congress must forever refrain from undermining the self-governance of independent states.

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    8. joelunchpail MN says:

      I have never met or spoken to any one who favored the public option. What poll are you speaking of?

    9. Hawk, Chicago says:

      If it were then correctly explained that the public option, with it's limitless taxpayer subsidies and ability to function outside of the free-market competetive arena while the private insurers go out of business, and then it was the only game in town, they HATE the public option. Look at Amtrak. Duh.

    10. OldSailor, Las Vegas says:

      This legislation is NOT "Health Care Reform"; it IS "Health Insurance Regulation" that will give the Administration the control over insurance companies that the Administration now has over the financial industry, and the auto industry. This whole sham, conducted in back rooms, using strong-arm tactics, and thinly veiled bribery of other legislators (Nelson, Landrieu, Dodd, etc) from both parties. I happen to live in Nevada and anxiously await my opportunity to turn "Dirty Harry" Reid out of office. I just hope public opinion can hold off the legislation that will at last give the Bleeding Left what they have always wanted: "Cradle to Grave" federal control of our own bodies.

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