Voters not buying Obamacare sales pitch


Despite his public-relations blitz over the past two weeks to promote his plans to reform the nation's health-care system — including holding two town halls on Wednesday — President Barack Obama has lost ground on this issue with the American public, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Pluralities now say that the president’s health care plan is a bad idea, and that it will result in the quality of their care getting worse. What’s more, just four in 10 approve of his handling on the issue.

The poll also finds that Obama's overall job-approval rating has dropped to 53 percent. And it shows a public that has grown increasingly concerned about the federal government's spending as the administration defends its $787 billion economic stimulus and supports a $1 trillion-plus health-care bill.


A NY Times poll eroding support for Obama and his health care plan.


Americans are concerned that overhauling the health care system would reduce the quality of their care, increase their out-of-pocket health costs and tax bills and limit their options in choosing doctors, treatment and tests, the poll found. The percentage who describe health care costs as a serious threat to the American economy — a central argument being made by Mr. Obama — has dropped over the past month.

The Times story also suggest that GOP ads against the Democrat plan have been very effective. I suspect they are effective because they hit on concerns that voters have expressed about the plan. I think the concerns will grow over the recess as people become more familiar with the bill that Obama was trying to rush through.

In fact, his rush may have added to the concerns of voters. Those Democrats who thought Hillary Care failed because it was not rushed may have to rethink. Their basic problem is a belief that the current health care system is unsatisfactory, I know it is not for me and most people I know. Perhaps those for whom it is a major concern, have made the issue appear more important than it is for rest of the voters.


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