There is an inherent problem with the concept of passing a bill because it is popular. The problem was brought to my attention again when I was doing some research about how many Americans are dependent on the government and its handouts. (Answer: too damn many – 54% in 2000 and growing since then.) In my searching, I stumbled across a post on ThinkProgress.org about the high support for Obamacare in August, 2009:
New poll finds that 77 percent of Americans still support the public option.
In recent weeks, the fate of the public option in new health care legislation has been uncertain. Yet, while the issue continues to be hotly debated in the halls of Congress, a new poll by Survey USA finds that the idea is as popular as ever amongst the American public:
More than three out of every four Americans feel it is important to have a “choice” between a government-run health care insurance option and private coverage, according to a public opinion poll released on Thursday.
A new study by SurveyUSA puts support for a public option at a robust 77 percent, one percentage point higher than where it stood in June.
The SurveyUSA poll finds similar results to several other polls that also show that the public option is very popular, a fact that some members of Congress consider to be a detriment.
Quick, pass Obamacare! 77% of Americans support it! Well, not so fast. If you live by the poll, what do you do when the polling goes against you? The answer, as evidenced by the way liberals act, is to ignore the polls when they turn unfavorable and press on with the legislation anyway.
I’ve not heard of SurveyUSA before, but I have to discount this poll. Looking at Rasmussen polling from Jun 27, 2009 to Mar 14, 2010, I see only two times when the polling has been favorable for Obamacare: Jun 27-28, 2009 has it 50% for and 45% against Obamacare, and Sep 12-13, 2009 when it was 51% for and 46% against. Of the remaining 37 polling times, one was tied (Sep 11-12, 2009) and the rest opposed to Obamacare. If I compare this to a sport team’s win-loss-tie score, it comes out as 2-36-1. That’s 2 wins, 36 losses, and 1 tie. Pitiful. A coach with that sort of record would get fired. Heck, coaches get fired for performances that rate significantly better than Obamacare. But liberals in power are charging ahead with this legislation.
Why the rush? The people certainly aren’t clamoring for it. Industry isn’t begging for it. Health care in American hasn’t collapsed in the many months since President Obama and fellow Democrats first started claiming it was broken. And history has shown again and again that socializing medicine results in greater expenses and reduced services, so informed Democrats can’t possibly believe this bill will create an improved health care system. So why are they pushing so hard for it that Speaker Pelosi says it is worth losing elections for?
The answer is power. Democrats want to take the business of medicine and bring it under their political control. And when you have no option other than government for your health care, then government can tell you what to do and how to live your life. It’s happened in the UK, and in numerous other countries where medicine has been socialized. Do you really believe that some bureaucrat in Washington D.C. knows better than you how to live your life? And even if you believe he could, do you really think some bureaucrat has the right to make your life choices at all?
Contrary to what the SurveyUSA poll said in August of last year, most Americans are and have been against Obamacare. But if the American people were asked if they would be in favor of government taking more control over their lives, I believe the number supporting government takeover would drop to single digits. If Democrats continue to push for an unpopular health care takeover, then they will pay the price at the poll that matters most: the November 2, 2010 elections.