Perhaps, it will be the backlash against the tactics of the President and his allies, smearing those protesting his policies, with unions using a sexually suggestive term to deride them and a Congressman equating them with Klan protests against Civil Rights legislation. Or perhaps it will be that most Americans don’t agree with Democrats that our health care system is as broken as described.
Imperfect it may be, in need of mending it certainly is, but an overhaul is not necessary. And since that is how the president is billing is plan, that’s why it’s not gaining traction with the American people.
The President’s traveling dog and pony show may help him hold onto his base, but he likely won’t succeed in winning converts to his cause. Most people are pretty happy with their health insurance and fear a radical overhaul like the Preident proposes.
To note, in every major poll, support for the various health care plans has diminished since the President turned his attention to the issue, “dropping like a stone,” in Michael Barone’s words. Importantly, those most passionate about the issue are overwhelmingly opposed:
Currently 26% strongly favor the legislation and 44% are strongly opposed. This reflects the fact that young voters who favor Democrats’ bills tend not to have strong feelings and older voters who oppose them tend to have strong feelings.
That’s why leftist contentions that our “side will be smaller” notwithstanding, more opponents of the President’s plan continue show up at rallies and townhalls than do proponents. Even when interest groups allied with the Democrats bus in their supporters.