Monday, May 03, 2010

Obamacare: Majority of Americans Are Skeptical

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely U.S. voters about the health care plan passed by Congress in March finds that:

1. 52% say the plan will be bad for America, a view that went up slightly after the plan became law and has now held steady for five weeks.

2. 54% favor repeal of the legislation, including 44% who Strongly Favor it.

3. 59% of voters think the plan will increase the deficit despite assurances from the plan’s supporters that just the opposite is the case.

4. 52% say the quality of health care in America will get worse under the new plan.

5. 56% believe the plan will cause the cost of health care to go up.

26 Comments:

At 5/03/2010 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to representative government in America?

If our elected representatives refuse to represent us, we must elect new representatives. Throw every last member of Congress who voted for Obamacare out of office...beginning this November.

 
At 5/03/2010 5:21 PM, Blogger KauaiMark said...

I'm surprised at the low percentages. I would have guessed 60%'s and even 70%'s

 
At 5/03/2010 5:32 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

My favorite part is that it's kind of a compromise bill - only the worst parts of the dems & reps ideas.

 
At 5/03/2010 5:56 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"only the worst parts of the dems & reps ideas"...

Are there any 'rep' ideas in that bill? Serious question since I thought the 'reps' were a total no vote...

 
At 5/03/2010 6:01 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Oh well, get over it, we have Obamacare. I can thik of worse things. Even Switzerland has a national health plan. Even Thailand for crikey's sake.

Let's move on to more fruitful sniveling.

 
At 5/03/2010 6:29 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Even Thailand for crikey's sake"...

Move there and send us reports on how good it is...

 
At 5/03/2010 7:11 PM, Blogger Marko said...

Yeah! Let's be more like Thailand!

 
At 5/03/2010 7:39 PM, Blogger bobble said...

juandos:"Are there any 'rep' ideas in that bill? "

i don't pretend to know much about the healthcare legislation, but i heard it was similar in concept to what republican governor mitt romney implemented in massachusetts.

blast away.

 
At 5/03/2010 8:07 PM, Blogger Shawn said...

The good Mr. Adam Smith, in The Theory of Moral Sentiments:

"Some general, and even systematical, idea of the perfection of policy and law, may no doubt be necessary for directing the views of the statesman. But to insist upon establishing, and upon establishing all at once, and in spite of all opposition, every thing which that idea may seem to require, must often be the highest degree of arrogance. It is to erect his own judgment into the supreme standard of right and wrong. It is to fancy himself the only wise and worthy man in the commonwealth, and that his fellow–citizens should accommodate themselves to him and not he to them. It is upon this account, that of all political speculators, sovereign princes are by far the most dangerous. This arrogance is perfectly familiar to them. They entertain no doubt of the immense superiority of their own judgment. When such imperial and royal reformers, therefore, condescend to contemplate the constitution of the country which is committed to their government, they seldom see any thing so wrong in it as the obstructions which it may sometimes oppose to the execution of their own will. They hold in contempt the divine maxim of Plato, and consider the state as made for themselves, not themselves for the state. The great object of their reformation, therefore, is to remove those obstructions; to reduce the authority of the nobility; to take away the privileges of cities and provinces, and to render both the greatest individuals and the greatest orders of the state, as incapable of opposing their commands, as the weakest and most insignificant."

Sound familiar?

 
At 5/03/2010 8:11 PM, Blogger Eric said...

I see a lot of passion in discussions. But I do not see convincing data to proof it is bad. Is the national care really so bad?

 
At 5/03/2010 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cost of health care was going up anyway.

Health care providers will be the same people.

All I know is I paid for health insurance for 35 years, then I got sick, lost my job, and my health insurance, then I had a pre-existing condition and could not get coverage at any price.

I bought insurance for my wife, paid for it for 18 months before it was recisnded retroactively.

Obamacare may turn out to be terrible, but we got it because what we had before really sucked.

Now the insurance companies will be required to accept another 30 million paying customers.

Poor babies.

Lets see how well they compete for their new customers: if the market doesn't work, just blame it on Obama.

 
At 5/04/2010 3:16 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

>"I can thik of worse things."

Ya, like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

Remember, Benji, proofread before publish!

 
At 5/04/2010 3:20 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

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At 5/04/2010 3:33 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

>"I see a lot of passion in discussions. But I do not see convincing data to proof it is bad. Is the national care really so bad?"

No, not really, it's going to cost a lot more, produce massive federal deficits, it includes people who neither want nor need coverage, as well as people who don't now and never will pay for coverage, you will wait a lot longer to get worse medical treatment then you get now, and some treatments won't be available at any price,and when you are old, you will likely be encouraged to die quickly.

Other than that, it's a pretty good deal.

 
At 5/04/2010 3:43 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

>"but i heard it was similar in concept to what republican governor mitt romney implemented in massachusetts."

Yes it IS similar. The Massachusetts plan is broke, and the good people of the state are so happy with their state plan, that, as you may recall, they voted a REPUBLICAN to fill the seat of the late Sen. Kennedy, in hopes of blocking a national version of this bad idea.

 
At 5/04/2010 3:47 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

The good Mr. Adam Smith, in The Theory >"of Moral Sentiments:"

Mr. Smith didn't have much uses for politicians.

He wasn't fond of businessmen either, if IIRC.

We could use more like him today.

 
At 5/04/2010 6:10 AM, Blogger Value Added said...

Of course they're skeptical. Why shouldn't they be? From taxes, to Guantanamo to Iraq to the deficit to Don't Ask, Don't Tell and so forth, nothing that Barack Obama says holds up.

People are catching on.

 
At 5/04/2010 7:58 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"nothing that Barack Obama says holds up"...

As the anger expressed in bumper stickers seems to indicate...:-)

 
At 5/04/2010 8:39 AM, Blogger juandos said...

From the WaPo dated Tuesday, May 4, 2010: 18 states refuse to run insurance pools for those with preexisting conditions

 
At 5/04/2010 11:23 AM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Ron H.
I will proofreed more.

 
At 5/04/2010 1:20 PM, Blogger Paul said...

"Oh well, get over it, we have Obamacare. I can thik of worse things"

Benji doesn't mind socialism when it comes courtesy of his boyfriend Obama.

"Let's move on to more fruitful sniveling."

Yeah, like farm subsidies.

 
At 5/04/2010 2:17 PM, Blogger VH said...

North Korea has national health care. I heard that they have solved the "obesity problem" too.

 
At 5/04/2010 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are already more like Thailand!Keep going the way you are now and you will be on the same level or worse.
Stop arguing about nothing start working together and rebuild the country from the current ant level economy up.
Keep Americans in a job by buying American manufactured products where ever you can.
Be thankful you do not live in the third world where they do not know what recession is because they struggle to live every day.
YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW WELL OFF YOU ARE.

 
At 5/04/2010 7:43 PM, Blogger bobble said...

RonH: "The Massachusetts plan is broke, and the good people of the state are so happy with their state plan, that, as you may recall, they voted a REPUBLICAN to fill the seat of the late Sen. Kennedy, in hopes of blocking a national version of this bad idea."

not so, according to Rasmussen: ". . . among the people [MA voters] who said health care was their top issue, Coakley won."

 
At 5/04/2010 11:38 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

>"not so, according to Rasmussen: ". . . among the people [MA voters] who said health care was their top issue, Coakley won."

Well, I haven't seen the Rasmussen poll, but for a predominantly Democratic state like Massachusetts to elect a Republican to a seat formerly held by the ultimate Democrat, says that voters are really upset about something. Scott Brown ran on basically one issue: he promised to be the 41st vote in the Senate to block Obamacare. So, you have to wonder then, if not for that, then just why did they elect him?

 
At 5/05/2010 4:13 PM, Blogger juandos said...

'"Let's move on to more fruitful sniveling."

Yeah, like farm subsidies.
'

Oh man! I think I'm having a hernia from laughing so hard...

Geez Paul! To say that comment struck me as funny would be a massive case of understatment...

bobble says: "not so, according to Rasmussen: ". . . among the people [MA voters] who said health care was their top issue, Coakley won"...

Well did you expect different from a collection of parasites who just love to spend other people's money like Ted Kennedy did?

 

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