Articulating a point made by the Administration, various Washington Democrats and perhaps a pundit or two, one of our readers insisted that support for Obamacare “will only increase once it passes and the apolitical undecideds reward Obama for getting something done“. Hardly. Given the trend in polling showing that the more Obama promoted the Democratic overhaul, the more support declined, we know that the more Americans know about these reforms, the less likely they are to support them.
Opposition to Obamacare increased even as some media outlets were all but shills for the various Democratic plans. A friendly media may have helped sway a Senator or two (or three or four), but it didn’t prevent the American people from turning on the plan. Had the coverage been more even-handed, the numbers (from the Democrats’ standpoint) would be even worse than they are today.
Should this bill become law (and there’s still hope that it won’t), the Democrats will have a hard time hiding its details, you know, those “specifics” Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida faults Republicans for addressing. The more people learn about those specifics, the less likely they are to support the bill.
And when Americans learn how the Democrats rammed this through, they’ll wonder why Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid scheduled midnight sessions at a time of year when most people are paying little attention to politics, rushing through passage to meet some Christmas deadline set in Democratic back rooms. Wonder why the Senate voted in the dead of night for cloture on an amendment which “had been public for about 36 hours” before people “had a single business day to examine it.” They’ll wonder about all those weekend votes (not just this time around) and will certainly ask about pay -offs to wavering Senators with federal funds at a time of increasing deficits.
In short, when the American people see how this was passed, they’ll see Democrats for what they are. And the percentage having a negative opinion of the majority party will continue to increase.
No wonder some are calling the “Democratic health agenda . . . a political suicide pact.”
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