The latest Rasmussen report shows that 54% of likely voters oppose President Obama’s signature legislation – the government takeover of the healthcare industry. This includes 41% who strongly favor repealing the law. Now, look at that again; a full 75% of those who oppose the healthcare law strongly oppose it.
On the other side of the spectrum, just 40% oppose repealing the law, including 25% who strongly oppose repeal. That means that 62% of those who support the law strongly oppose repealing it.
Yesterday, a CBS News/New York Times poll show that 47% of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, including 30% who strongly disapprove. This is compared to 36% who approve of the law, including just 16% who strongly approve:
We’re sure you’re spending the day celebrating the increase of healthcare costs and the decrease of freedom that is synonymous with President Obama’s government takeover of the healthcare industry. So on this two year anniversary, let us remember that we were promised we could keep our health insurance if we liked it, our costs would go down, the law would not bust the budget and that it would simply open up more choices for health options.
What we got was the exact opposite.
The week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of President Obama’s healthcare takeover, American disapproval of the law has jumped. Fifty-six percent of likely voters want the law repealed, according to the latest Rasmussen report. Just 39% oppose repeal.
This jump also comes on the heels of a report from the CBO saying that taking into account the full cost of Obamacare once it is fully implemented, the law will actually cost double what the President and Democrats promised. This is because the original CBO score included the years before the law would fully take effect (2014) when the taxes started, but the costs did not. This gimmick made Obamacare appear to cost less than it really would. But the cats out of the bag now, and not only will Obamacare cost far more than advertised, but the taxes included in it to pay for its cost are higher as well, and more people will become uninsured because of the law than originally estimated.
Who said nothing gets done in an election year? Maybe as we get closer to November less will happen, but for now Congress is plugging along (for better or worse) through their agenda. This week:
- House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will unveil his FY2013 budget – a conservative alternative to President Obama’s bloated budget and an existing alternative to Senate Democrats’ non-existent budget fantasy;
- The House of Representatives will vote to repeal the IPAB, the panel of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats charged with controlling costs in Medicare;
- The Senate (and maybe the House as well) will vote on extending and expanding the Export-Import (ExIm) bank which provides corporate welfare at the expense of domestic companies and,
- The Senate will vote on the House-Passed JOBS Act, which was endorsed by both House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and President Obama.