Jackie Gingrich Cushman

More than half (53 percent) of U.S. voters oppose President Obama's health-care "reform" plan versus just 42 percent who favor it, according to a poll published Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports. And that support is trending down, falling "five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago," while opposition is up "nine points since late June."

Feelings regarding Obama's health-care plan run more passionately among opponents, with 44 percent strongly opposing, versus just 26 percent strongly in favor. While support breaks down along party lines with more Democrats in support and more Republicans in opposition, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of unaffiliated voters "oppose the health-care plan, and 51 percent are strongly opposed."

The heat is turning up on the proposal. It's August and hot -- especially in the South, where consecutive 90-degree days provide a steamy reminder of why the South might have been characterized as lazy prior to the invention of air conditioning. Let's just say the heat can make one lethargic, cranky and in need of an ice-cold Coca-Cola.

But instead of enjoying a relaxing summer break, our representatives and senators are returning home from Washington to find raucous town hall meetings held by constituents who are concerned about the proposed health-care changes. Their concerns have been growing, as support has been waning. Possibly this delay in opposition is due to the length of the proposals in the legislative bodies. Slogging through the 1,017 pages of H.R. 3200 took me the better part of a long day.

President Obama had a great point in his town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., where he said Tuesday, "Where we do disagree let's disagree over things that are real."

So, what is real?

The House version introduced by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., is titled "American's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009." It would create a multitude of government agencies, task forces, inspectors and trust funds.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.