More than one week after the marathon Obama speech cloaked as “bi-partisan” health care meeting, most American voters are still not moved. According to a new Rasmussen study 55% of voters say Congress should start over on health care (37% say work with the present plans). Despite this, the Progressives continue their work toward shoving the legislation down the throats of the American people.
The faux bi-partisan meeting may have helped the president make some progress among the public. Two weeks before the Obamacare marathon, (the last time Rasmussen asked whether the existing plan should be used) the percent of voters who wanted to start over was 61% vs the 55% today.
What should be most troubling for the progressives in congress, is the fact that independent voters want the congress to start over by a two to one margin. In most elections contests, it will be the independent voters that will determine the outcome. As you may expect, Democrats overwhelmingly support using the current plan (66%) and Republicans overwhelmingly take the opposite view (85%).
The president’s health care summit last week seems to have nudged up support for the reform plan, but 52% of U.S. voters continue to oppose it. Forty-four percent (44%) are now in favor of the plan. New weekly tracking numbers on voter support for the health care plan will be released Monday.
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Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe Democrats should change the bill to win support from a reasonable number of GOP’s. This finding is similar to the those found in October and August of last year. Only 31% believe Democrats should go ahead and pass the bill without Republican support. That’s up slightly from October and seven points from August.
Still, most voters (64%) expect the health care plan that emerges from Congress to be mostly what Democrats want, rather than a truly bipartisan product. Only 18% think the plan will be a bipartisan effort, while 18% are undecided. Those results are nearly identical to those found in October.
Just 37% of U.S. voters now believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will agree this year on a smaller, bipartisan health care plan this year.Separate polling finds that 65% of U.S. voters now think politics in the nation’s capital will become more partisan over the next year.
American voters are against the Obamacare bill and the way the progressive Democrats are building the bill and getting it passed. But that really doesn’t matter to the bill’s proponents. In the progressive philosophy, the people aren’t that smart and the government is needed to protect them from themselves and from each other. If they are successful in passing this bill it is only the first step of a government that will act as our parents, rather than a government that is subjected to our wills.
The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the people altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments, not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must here be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone, and that it will not depend merely on the comparative ambition or address of the different governments, whether either, or which of them, will be able to enlarge its sphere of jurisdiction at the expense of the other. Truth, no less than decency, requires that the event in every case should be supposed to depend on the sentiments and sanction of their common constituents
–James Madison Federalist 46