The number that favors repeal is up five points from last week and is the highest level measured since July 1. The number that Strongly Favors repeal also ties the highest level ever – first measured in mid-April.
More proof of pending doom for the Democrats who forced this unconstitutional monstrosity down our throats.
You heard it ad nauseum from Barry & Co.: Under Obamacare, for the first time in the history of the universe, the eeevil health insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.
As it turns out, it was just another Obama-ism (that would be a lie).
The Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured.
Critics of the $5 billion high-risk pool program insist it will run out of money before Jan. 1, 2014. That’s when the program sunsets and health plans can no longer discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
Administration officials insist they can make changes to the program to ensure it lasts until 2014, and that it may not have to turn away sick people. Officials said the administration could also consider reducing benefits under the program, or redistributing funds between state pools. But they acknowledged turning some people away was also a possibility.
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?
Whitacre sounds convincing in a down-home sort of way in the TV spot, but the reality is that this statement is a blatant misrepresentation. And Whitacre knows it. He’s probably not worried about that fact, however, because it was endorsed by none other than Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, who issued a supportive statement saying, “We are encouraged that GM has repaid its debt well ahead of schedule and confident that the company is on a strong path to viability.”
Here are the facts, according to Neil Barofsky, inspector general for the Troubled Assets Relief Program. His most recent quarterly report explained that, “the source of funds for these quarterly [debt] payments will be other TARP funds currently held in an escrow account.”
In other words, as Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said in a letter to Whitacre, the GM chairman’s words come “dangerously close to committing fraud. … Your false statements may expose GM to millions of dollars in damages, further reducing the value of the taxpayer-owned company. The American people, as the majority shareholders of GM, have a right to know the truth behind the cost of the GM bailout and GM’s genuine financial condition.” Issa and Jordan are minority members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. The Towns panel should put Whitacre and Geithner under oath and demand to know the facts behind this misrepresentation.
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.
I’m shocked that nobody picked up on this when the bill was being scrutinized line by line.
Congress may be fined tens of millions of dollars a year under its own health-care law, in part because the bill dumps members of Congress and their staffs from their current health-care plans.
But no one really knows for sure what the bill does, not even the experts. For instance, exactly who qualifies as an “employer” — and therefore is subject to fines up to $3,000 per employee — is undefined in the bill.
If Congress were subject to a $3,000 fine for each of its employees, it would need to shell out approximately $50 million each year to Uncle Sam. Congress’s research arm, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), informally confirmed the possibility to Republican aides.
Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s top health-care cabinet official, will be responsible for establishing most of the details of how the law is implemented. Many Republicans who have raised the issue of Congress’s fining itself believe Sebelius likely will exempt Congress with a regulation narrowly defining “employer,” for instance.
Still, the possibility of the fines, and the uncertainty surrounding them, are drawing heckles from the health-care law’s critics.
“That’s the irony — here we may be the first major employer in the country to be fined for not providing proper health insurance for our employees,” Rep. Dan Lungren, California Republican, told The Daily Caller while laughing. “Isn’t that contrary to the very premise of the bill?”
I say the fine should be paid by each member of Congress who voted for ObamaCare.
I was finally able to download the rest of the pictures from the Tea Party on the Boston Common yesterday.
(Scroll for new photos courtesy of Tank)
These people must have missed the memo that anti-war protests have fallen out of fashion since Obama’s election.
So angry. It could incite violence…
What’s this? There goes your narrative, Comrade Keith.
The only Hitler references/imagery came from the Lydon LaRouche DEMOCRATS. That’s supposed to be Barney Frank sitting next to Barack H(itler) Obama.
Sorry, Husky Blogger…just another LaRouche DEMOCRAT.
Barack Obama, mmm mmm good!
A Palin impersonator. Keep your day job, honey.
The kid on the left called me a retard and said he thought Obama’s Special Olympics joke was hilarious.
This was my favorite sign of the day.
Clearly a raaaacist from Southie.
This young woman actually started crying when she couldn’t explain her t-shirt to me. It might have had something to do with the (lovely) black Tea Partier standing next to me. Or the gay man holding the pro Tea Party sign. Or perhaps she was furious at herself for being caught up in a wave of disinformation provided by her college friends and felt like a total ass for wearing a shirt that made her look like an uninformed fool.
President Obama’s job approval rating fell to 47% for the week ending April 11, the lowest of his administration so far by one percentage point.
Obama’s weekly job approval average has fluctuated within the narrow four-point range of 47% to 51% since January of this year. The current weekly average more than anything else represents a continuation of the president’s generally lower approval ratings this year compared to the higher ratings he enjoyed in his first year in office.
On a short-term basis, Obama’s latest three-day average (Friday through Sunday) is at 45%, with disapproval at 48% — both of which are the worst three-day averages since Obama took office.
In the immediate days after the bill’s passage, Gallup showed a slight bump upward in Obama’s approval ratings, which Democrats hailed as the big comeback they’d predicted. But the overall direction of Obama’s approval numbers during the health-care debate has been plain to see. He started off with a 66% approval rating in May, as Nancy Pelosi readied the bill for consideration, and 59% in June when it was unveiled. He has lost a third of his support since its introduction, and Gallup reports that even among their sampling of the general adult population rather than registered or likely voters (a sample type that is traditionally more sympathetic to Democrats), ObamaCare remains unpopular.
In a nutshell: The judge passed on getting involved, stating that the issue needs to go through the proper channels within the Division of Insurance. As if the appeals process will yield a different result from the Patrick-backed commissioner.
Judge Stephen E. Neel’s decision against granting the preliminary injunction sought by insurance companies means the state’s rejection of 235 proposed rate increases stands for now. The higher rates would have taken effect April 1.
The judge rejected the companies’ contention that the insurance market would be thrust into chaos if they could not quickly institute the higher rates. But the ruling is not the final chapter in the battle. Insurers are pursuing appeals within the Division of Insurance. If their appeals are turned down, the court would take up the case later this spring.
During the appeals process, last year’s base rates for what is known as the small-group market will remain in effect. Neel also denied the insurers’ request for an expedited trial.
The case has focused a national spotlight on the tug of war between regulators and a health care system over mounting costs for consumers and businesses.
Governor Deval Patrick, who imposed emergency regulations that set the stage for regulators to reject premium increases, hailed Neel’s decision as a victory for small businesses and families that have been burdened by years of rising health care expenses.
The “big victory” for Deval is a huge defeat for the NON PROFIT insurers and the individuals and small businesses who will be shut out as the insurers refuse to sell new policies until the dispute is “settled.”
My Congressman, John Tierney – D, 6th District, is once again hiding from his constituents and hosting a telephone town hall next week to defend his yes vote on ObamaCare.
PEABODY — Congressman John Tierney is hosting two telephone town hall meetings Tuesday to talk about the recently enacted reform of the nation’s health care system.
He will also provide constituents with a general legislative update during conference calls that are scheduled to begin at 4 and 5:15 p.m.
Those interested can register at tierney.house.gov. Registration will close at 10 a.m. Monday.
The last time the Salem Democrat discussed health care over the phone, more than 32,000 people participated in two calls at the end of last summer.
I saw Tierney leaving a Marsha Coakley “rally” in Gloucester back in January. The horrified look on his face when confronted with a swarm of Brown supporters may explain why he doesn’t want to do a town hall in person. Or perhaps he was simply taken aback when I announced him to the crowd as my future EX Congressman. Whatever the reason, I still suggest you register to have a chit chat with John Boy next week.