Remember when, in the run-up to the House vote on the president’s unpopular health care bill, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”
Don’t think we’re quite beyond the “fog of controversy”, but we are finding out what’s in the bill and we’re not liking it very much. John Merline (via Instapundit) as “details about the plan” emerge, they haven’t helped sell the program:
First there was the McClatchy Newspapers report Monday that the new law has spawned “mass confusion” among those who wrongly thought many of the the benefits kicked in immediately. The story noted that one insurance call center has been “inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage.”
Then there was the story in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday pointing out that the law, despite promises to the contrary, “does not give the federal government broad regulatory power to prevent increases” in insurance premiums. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told the Times that this was a “very big loophole.”
Not just that. He contrasts Democratic promises that the bill would become more popular if it passed with polling reality:
If this week is any indication, these folks may want to recheck their forecasting abilities.
On Monday, a new Rassmussen survey found that 58 percent say they want the law repealed, up four points from just after it was enacted. And 50 percent strongly favor repeal, according to the survey. A new Associated Press poll finds only 39 percent now approve of the law, down from 42 percent in January, while 50 percent oppose it, up from 42 percent in January.
Merline doesn’t mention a earlier CBS poll which found that only 32% of Americans approve of the plan, with 53% disapproving, 37% disapproving strongly. That is, according to that one survey, more Americans strongly disapprove of the plan than support it.