Rasmussen: Support For Repeal Of ObamaCare Now At All-Time High

Queen Nancy told us rubes that we would have to wait to for her and her fellow Democrats to ram through the “health care” bill to see what is in it.  Now that we have been afforded the opportunity to see what ObamaCare is all about, support for getting rid of it has spiked to an all-time high.

Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.

Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.

Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.

The new findings include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal of the health care bill and 25% who Strongly Oppose it.

While opposition to the bill has remained as consistent since its passage as it was beforehand, this marks the first time that support for repeal has climbed into the 60s. It will be interesting to see whether this marks a brief bounce or indicates a trend of growing opposition.

Remember all of the Obama Zombies promising us that the more we learned about the bill, the more support it would garner?

58% Of Americans Still Support Repeal Of ObamaCare

Not only did Obama’s Spring Revival Tent Tour fail at swaying public opinion…it reaffirmed opposition to his  “health care” law.

Support for repeal of the recently-passed national health care plan remains strong as most voters believe the law will increase the cost of care, hurt quality and push the federal budget deficit even higher.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of likely voters nationwide favor repeal, while 38% are opposed. Those figures are little changed from a week ago and include 47% who Strongly Favor repeal. Twenty-nine percent (29%) Strongly Oppose the repeal effort.

Support for repeal is proving to be just as consistent as opposition to the plan before it was passed into law. Over the past five weeks since Congress passed the measure, support for repeal has remained in a very narrow range from a low of 54% to a high of 58%.

Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide believe the new law will increase the federal budget deficit, while just 19% say it will reduce the deficit.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) think the law will increase the cost of health care, while 18% believe it will reduce costs.

 

Lipstick on a pig.

WaPo Poll Shocka: Majority Of Americans Still Hate ObamaCare, Still Want It Repealed

So much for the bump in popularity that the Democrats and the MSM were insisting would happen once ObamaCare became law.

In the days since President Obama signed the farthest-reaching piece of social welfare legislation in four decades, overall public opinion has changed little, with continuing broad public skepticism about the effects of the new law and more than a quarter of Americans seeing neither side as making a good-faith effort to cooperate on the issue.

Overall, 46 percent of those polled said they support the changes in the new law; 50 percent oppose them. That is virtually identical to the pre-vote split on the proposals and similar to the divide that has existed since last summer, when the country became sharply polarized over the president’s most ambitious domestic initiative.

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More people see the changes as making things worse, rather than better, for the country’s health-care system, for the quality of their care and, among the insured, for their coverage. Majorities in the new poll also see the changes as resulting in higher costs for themselves and for the country.

Most respondents said reform will require everyone to make changes, whether they want to or not; only about a third said they believe the Democrats’ contention that people who have coverage will be able to keep it without alterations. And nearly two-thirds see the changes as increasing the federal budget deficit, with few thinking the deficit will shrink as a result. The Congressional Budget Office said the measure will reduce the deficit.

About half of all poll respondents said the plan creates “too much government involvement” in the health-care system, a concern that is especially pronounced among Republicans.

No Hope.  No Change.

WaPo: Evan Bayh To Retire

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Whoa. 

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned,” Bayh will say.

Another one bites the dust.  Aren’t you happy you voted for that health care bill, Senator Bayh?

Update #1:  Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades notes that Bayh was polling ahead of his GOP challengers and plenty of cash to wage a campaign against them. 

Now, the puzzled guess-work: Why would Bayh quit? He polls way ahead of his potential GOP challengers. Like 20 points ahead. He’s got a $13 million warchest.

So, scandal, family matters, or “family” matters?

Update #2: Major Garrett’s take on Twitter:

Here is summary of Bayh polling. Cleary, they read deeper trouble in these numbers. http://tinyurl.com/yb3tfbv

Another Day, Another Sellout Senator

Via Hot Air/Think Progress

Ben Nelson traded his vote for a big (temporary) payoff for Nebraska. 

Under the current merged legislation (the version unveiled on November 18th), the federal government fully finances care for the expanded population for two years and increases its matching funds (known as FMAP) thereafter. Page 98 of the managers amendment specifically identifies Nebraska for higher federal matching funds, fully funding its expansion for an additional year:

‘‘(3) Notwithstanding subsection (b) and paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, the Federal medical assistance percentage otherwise determined under subsection (b) with respect to all or any portion of a fiscal year that begins on or after January 1, 2017, for the State of Nebraska, with respect to amounts expended for newly eligible individuals described in subclause (VIII) of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i), shall be determined as provided for under subsection (y)(1) (A) (notwithstanding the period provided for in such paragraph)

So the state of Nebraska gets a pass on paying for Medicaid expansion for a few years.  But what happens after the three years are up?  Nebraskans will be kicking in for this abomination like the rest of us.  In the meantime, the majority of Nebraskans still will be forced to buy health insurance, will see their premiums rise and many will see a decline in their coverage.  And all the while, their tax dollars WILL pay for abortions.   Just ask Bart Stupak. 

Finally: Senate Republicans Go To The Mattresses

What a day to be away from my computer.  I was tuned into Rush and heard the news that Sen. Tom Coburn had thrown down the gauntlet by  insisting that Sen. Bernie The Red Sanders’ 767 page amendment calling for a single-payer public option be read by the clerk.  Mad fist pumps ensued.

Since then – and after many heads on the left and in the MSM exploded – Sanders withdrew his amendment. 

Bravo, Coburn!  Now do the same thing with Reid’s Super Sekrit bill currently in lockdown awaiting CBO scoring.  If the weasels on the left won’t fulfill their promise of an open and transparent process, call them on it and fight to the death of this bill.

Drew M. at Ace of Spades has a good roundup of the events.

Lieberman Tells Reid He Will Vote Against His Super Sekrit Health Care Bill

Joe Lieberman has drawn a line in the sand – get rid of the Medicare “buy-in” and dump the government insurance plan (public option by another name) or he will vote against the whole shebang. 

In a surprise setback for Democratic leaders, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, said on Sunday that he would vote against the health care legislation in its current form.

The bill’s supporters had said earlier that they thought they had secured Mr. Lieberman’s agreement to go along with a compromise they worked out to overcome an impasse within the party.

But on Sunday, Mr. Lieberman told the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to scrap the idea of expanding Medicare and to abandon the idea of a new government insurance plan, known as a public option.

On a separate issue, Mr. Reid tried over the weekend to concoct a compromise on abortion that would induce Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, to vote for the bill. Mr. Nelson opposes abortion. Any provision that satisfies him risks alienating supporters of abortion rights.

In interviews on the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” Mr. Lieberman and Mr. Nelson said the bill did not have the 60 votes it would need to get through the Senate.

Senate Democratic leaders, including Mr. Reid and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, said they had been mindful of Mr. Lieberman’s concerns in the last 10 days, so they were surprised when he assailed major provisions of the bill on television Sunday. He reiterated his objections in a private meeting with Mr. Reid.

Oh to have been a fly on the wall when Lieberman dropped that bomb.

Obama Makes No Mention Of Public Option In Get Er Done Speech To Senate Democrats Today

Retreat? 

Joe Lieberman is giddy.  

As President Obama finished his speech to the Democratic caucus in the Capitol’s Mansfield Room on Sunday afternoon, Joe Lieberman made his way over to Harry Reid.

The independent who still caucuses with Democrats wanted to point something out to the Majority Leader: Obama didn’t mention the public option.

Lieberman was beaming as he left the room and happy to re-point it out when HuffPost asked him what Obama had said about the public health insurance option, perhaps the most contentious issue still facing Democrats as they negotiate their way toward a final health care reform bill.

Harry Reid is all whatevs.

Reid told reporters that Lieberman had approached him after the meeting to note the absence of the public option, but that folks shouldn’t read too much into Obama’s silence on the issue. “That doesn’t mean it’s not an issue, because the president didn’t talk about it,” said Reid.

No word on how many times Barry said “I” or if he brought TOTUS along for the ride.

Democrats Vote To Start Debate On Healthcare Bill

No big surprise here after the events in the days and hours leading up to the vote.  Lieberman and Nelson caved and then the Southern Belles sealed the deal.

The Senate voted along party lines Saturday night to overcome a Republican filibuster and bring to the floor a bill that would overhaul the nation’s health-care system.

After days of indecision, the last two Democratic holdouts — Sens. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (La.) — joined their caucus in supporting a motion to begin debate. The 60 to 39 vote marks a milestone in the decades-old quest for health-care reform, President Obama’s top legislative priority.

We all know about the 3 million reasons why Landrieu voted for the bill, but Lincoln has no excuse.  Her approval rating is tanking in Arkansas and if the bill passes (God forbid), her constituents can place the blame on her for allowing it to move forward. 

Battle lost, but the war rages on.

Melt the phones – don’t let up.

Senate Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Joe’s Revenge: Lieberman Will Filibuster Public Option; Landrieu, Lincoln & Nelson Also Holding Their Ground

Democrats and the sneering editors at Newsweek should stop worrying about a “problem like Sarah” and look within their own dysfunctional party at who could ultimately kill the public option or the health care bill in its entirety.

Joe Lieberman:

“I don’t think about that stuff,” Lieberman told POLITICO this week. “I’m just — I’m being a legislator. After what I went through in 2006, there’s nothing much more that anybody [who] disagrees with me can try to do.”

 Lieberman left the Democratic Party in 2006 after liberal Ned Lamont beat him in Connecticut’s Democratic Senate primary. Lieberman defeated Lamont in the general election and returned to Washington as an independent, where he continues to caucus with Democrats — even though he accuses them of engaging in a bit of bait and switch when it comes to the public option.

“It’s classic politics of our time that if you look at the campaign last year, presidential, you can’t find a mention of public option,” Lieberman said. “It was added after the election as a part of what we normally consider health insurance reform — insurance market reforms, cover people, cover people who are not covered.

“It suddenly becomes a litmus test. I thought Democrats were against litmus tests.”

Mary Landrieu:

Landrieu told CNN she has concerns relating to the bill’s costs to small businesses and individuals. She also expressed opposition to a public health insurance option “that will undermine the private insurance market.” If that’s included in the measure, she said, “it needs to come out at some point.”

Ben Nelson:

Ben Nelson, a key conservative Senate Democrats, said on Wednesday that he was pleased with the changes party leadership had made to health care legislation, specifically on matters of deficit reduction. But the Nebraska senator, whose vote has been elusive to pin down so far, said he would be comfortable being the lone Democrat to prevent the bill from overcoming a Republican filibuster.

“I’m very comfortable having my vote, whatever it is, whichever way it goes,” Nelson said, in response to a question from the Huffington Post. “I’ve said that from the beginning. There are other ways. I just have to make a decision based on what I think is best for the people of Nebraska and the people of our country. And then we will let the chips fall wherever they fall.”

Blanche Lincoln:

Her vote will be the most politically painful no matter what she does.  Her poll numbers in Arkansas are tanking; at last check her approval rating was at 43% which is down 11 points from last year  Not only will she face a tough race against one of seven potential Republican candidates, she could end up fighting for a place on the ticket against a primary challenger from her own party.

If Lincoln supports the Senate bill, she will have to sell it to constituents before they see many of the legislation’s benefits. But she says she is well aware of the challenge. “I have no doubt that I’ll be held accountable on this,” she said. “We’re going to be held accountable on a lot of things.”

How’s that super majority working out for you, Barry?