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TOWN-HALL IMPACT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on August 17, 2009

obama poll numbersIn case you missed it …

On Saturday, Rasmussen reported that 54% of registered voters believe that no health care reform is a better option than ObamaCare.

That number will only rise as Dems continue to try and shift focus from their failing aspirations of socialized medicine to what the eternally-cloddish Senator Harry Reid called the “evil mongers” who pervade town-hall meetings with their hate-filled fist pumping. Unfortunately for the whiners and fabricators who comprise the modern left, most Americans are simply not buying the “angry right-wing” ishkabibble. And as encouraging as that majority number is, 54% percent has got to turn into 60% … and then start ballooning towards 70% for any of this to really matter.

Remember which side runs Capitol Hill.

Democrat majorities could certainly survive some damage, as long as it is modest.

Many Dems, indeed, are aware that now may be their very best, if not their last, opportunity to rework, e.g., kill the current health care delivery system (that, as of today, is still the envy of the world). Rising opposition simply may not matter unless that number is considerable – into super majority territory. Otherwise, the donkeys will be more than willing to take small congressional hits to see America’s healthcare system socialized.

This is a victory Obama must have in some form or another.

Rasmussen reports:

“One reason that the President has been careful to distinguish between his idea of health care reform and a single payer system is that just 32% favor Single-Payer health care while 57% are opposed.”

Again, those numbers certainly lean in the right direction, but President Obama’s support of a single-payer system cannot exactly be questioned, can it?

In 2003, he was perfectly lucid on the matter, saying, “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody … And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”

Many who defend the President on this matter will attempt to “clarify” what he meant by quoting him from one of the sixteen-thousand Democrat presidential debates that took place during 2007 and 2008 when he explained, “I never said that we should try and go ahead and get single payer. What I said was that if I were starting from scratch – if we didn’t have a system in which employers have typically provided healthcare – I would probably go with a single-payer system.”

That, of course, was not what he said – or meant – in 2003. There was no “what if” scenario. There was no “let’s say I was starting from scratch” disclaimer. The future President was clear in questioning why a single-payer system could not be implemented in a country as wealthy as the United States.

Tape recorders are pesky things.

Still, if there is any truth to the reports that Obama is slinking away from his unapologetic desire to have the federal government takeover the healthcare system, how much of it can be attributed to those town-hall disrupting “evil mongers” and “swastika carriers?” 

Perhaps the better question is … who among the Dems will admit that the protestors have played an enormous role in the administration’s sudden shift?

And speaking of those town-hall protests that have so dominated ObamaCare coverage in recent weeks, Rasmussen writes:

As for the protesters at congressional town hall meetings, 49% believe they are genuinely expressing the views of their neighbors, while 37% think they’ve been put up to it by special interest groups and lobbyists. One surprising by-product of the debate over changing the system is that confidence in the U.S. health care system has grown over the past few months. That may be because when it comes to health care decisions, 51% fear the government more than they fear private insurance companies. Forty-one percent (41%) hold the opposite view.

Those numbers, too, will continue to swing away from the pro-ObamaCare camp.

The question is … will it matter to a party hell bent on putting one in the “win column” for The One?

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