Support for Obamacare still tanking
President Obama made a big deal earlier this week about the falling approval in the polls for Obamacare. "It was only passed a week ago," he mocked.
That may be true, Mr. President. But please to tell us when your promise that those numbers will turn around may begin? By the time they do, you, Bo the dog, and maybe Nancy Pelosi will be the only ones who still think it's a great idea.
To wit: A CBS poll showing that the public is growing more skeptical, not less, of Obamacare:
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...
Even though the president and Democratic leaders have repeatedly pointed out that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office called the reform package a deficit-reducer, six in 10 Americans still think the new health care reforms will increase the budget deficit. Just 13 percent think the reforms will decrease the deficit and another 15 percent expect no effect.
Allahpundit at Hot Air:
More than half think their own health-care costs will go up, but nothing new there. Consider this a sequel to the earlier post about why The One's "we'd go bankrupt without this bill!" talking point is so comically surreal, particularly as a pander ahead of the midterms. He lost the public on that ages ago and he ain't getting them back, especially if even Democrats are now peeling away as the warm glow of History! fades. Say, I wonder if that's because they're finally figuring out, after a year of public debate, that this isn't so much an insurance bill as it is a giant vehicle for wealth redistribution?
Americans don't like redistributionist schemes because they know that when politicians talk about "spreading the wealth" while promising they'll only take from the rich, the Middle Class always ends up being the ones with their wealth redistributed. The rich take care of themselves as they always do. This is why Democrats soft pedaled the redistributionist aspects of Obamacare.
And how about that shocker about even Democrats being leery of Obamacare? If the Democrats are this depressed in November, even more will stay home than one would expect in an off year election.
Obama also mocked Republicans for predicting Armageddon if the bill was passed. Incredibly, he turned the "its only been a week argument" on its head by claiming that the world was still here despite what the GOP claimed about Obamacare. Considering that the bill's provisions won't even take effect until 2014 and the long term damage to our debt is what makes this bill so poisonous, Obama only seems to care about demonizing his opponents rather than telling the people the truth.
Fascinating fact: Google up "Obama mocks opponents" and you get 2.5 million entries. Has there ever been a more sneeringly cynical chief executive?