Americans’ Health-Care Change of Heart

It didn’t take long for Americans to come around on health-care reform: A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows 49 percent of Americans saying health-care reform is a “good thing,” with only 40 percent saying it is bad. This is a marked reversal from polling from before the legislation was passed and signed, which typically showed the public opposed. Forty-eight percent of respondents also say it’s just a “good first step” that needs to be followed up with more action. Additionally, congressional Republicans rate the lowest out of all the major players: Twenty-six percent said their work was excellent or good, while 34 percent say it was poor; for congressional Democrats, those numbers are 32 and 33 percent; for Barack Obama, they’re 46 and 31 percent.


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8 responses to “Americans’ Health-Care Change of Heart

  1. indypendent

    The abysmal poll ratings of the Republicans has been going on for quite some time now. But yet they still seem hellbent on their current strategy of being obstrutionists.

    You just cannot fix stupid.

  2. Zippy

    . . . And the TEA party may energize the “base,” but they’re turning off anyone who ain’t them.

    Still reading about Coffee party. The main thing: I want to find out if allergic to boldness ,which of course is not the same thing as incivility–but, in extreme circumstances, things like, say, (peaceful) building occupations may be unavoidable.

    Obviously lawful democratic representation should be the plan–it’s just a matter of making it happen, since it’s not exactly what we have now.

  3. indypendent

    I am watching the Coffee Party as to which direction they are headed.

    If they truly remain independent and get their message out to moderates in both parties, then I think they might be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

    Of course, they need a strong leader to come forward. They need someone with name recognition and a sense of independence.

    Their best bet would be someone who has not been involved in partisan politics but yet has a loyal following of people – maybe someone from the entertainment business?

    Of, if Ron Paul was smart, he would switch from Tea to Coffee.

  4. Zippy

    P.S. There’s a always a question of what any movement my do to the established parties. The TEA has already been shown to split what’s left of the Republican party.

    Coffee Party? It doesn’t sound like they’ll be fielding any candidates and ,for now, that’s fine.

    One main difference between “them” and “us”: their much-belated outrage at deficit spending and mounting public debt misses the big picture: mainly that our government was not created for the exclusive enrichment of some at the expense of the rest. That’s not why we have governments in the first place.

    The outrageous thing about the public debt is that the vast majority of it was unnecessary, and it was caused by policies that used borrowed money to openly and deliberately faciliate mass theft.

    The solution, obviously, is a society that produces things–goods and services–and competes in the world again, but when the show is run by multinational corporations with no loyalty to any country (or to anything other than a good temporary portfolio, on paper), we have a problem.

    And I still remain amazed at the number of people who cannot under Occam’s razor, whose ideology demands accusations of laziness and selfishness against who would suggest that, just maybe, we should use democracy to take back our country from the ), selfish, surprisingly lazy oligarchs who infest every part of the system, and have rewarded the paper accumulation of wealth—and “stuff” at the expense of the economy, and have perverted the concepted of “productivity” into a meaningless statistic that no connection with actually producing anything.

    • The purpose of government is at the very heart of any difference between the political left and the political right. Cons believe the government has a small number of well-defined functions, none of which include serving citizens in any function but defense of the nation, and should never interfere in what they like to call the Free Market. Libs believe that government should provide services to its citizens and exist to regulate business for safety sake, as well as for the best interests of the nation as a whole, including the economy.

      And I have never heard any conservative admit that lazy oligarchs exist, nevermind that they profit unfairly or unjustly from the system. After all, if you are wealthy, you earned your wealth all by yourself and shouldn’t have to share it with anyone. There is nobody to repay, no community that supported you on the way up, nor clientele to which you owe ANYTHING; just slackers with their hands out.

      You are SO right on, Zippy.

    • I guess this would include those who were born to wealth? Whether they were good stewards of that inherited wealth or not?

      Do they hope we go backwards in time to the days of absolute monarchs and landed aristocracies? This explains why they think there is no justification for further reforms aimed at limiting the disproportionate power of a wealthy few.

      After all, being poor is the fault of the individuals themselves, signs of their poor character or, at least, lack of enterprise.

  5. From what I’m reading Zippy is correct — the Coffee Group aren’t fielding candidates, and their activism is aimed at all elected officials. (At least I’m hoping that’s the way it is.)

    That’s such a good point, Zippy, about how the Tea Bag Movement was immediately a bunch of hypocrites! They weren’t concerned about anything that happened under bush the lesser. That fact told me what I needed to know about them.

    Now we hear all kinds of people saying they found fault with bush, and they are the same people we heard praise or excuse him for everything! Just because they can’t remember they expect us not to be able to either.

  6. Recently the Republicans have proven they either don’t understand how our constitutional republic works or refuse to accept it if it’s counter to their own opinions.

    Elections have consequences. Had they been paying attention they would have known the changes coming when President Obama won over McCain. Throwing hissy fits isn’t how you ensure the change you support.