Americans may still be spared the pain of ObamaCare.
At the time of writing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have enough votes to pass the Senate’s version of health “reform.” So some House liberals are considering a trick that would allow them to pass a “rule” that says their bill passed without actually having a vote in the House on that bill.
It’s not a sign of strength when a bill’s supporters are already searching for plausible deniability -- when they’re aiming to pass a bill yet campaign that they didn’t vote for it. Remember how well John Kerry’s hair-splitting claim, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it” played on the trail.
Clearly, many House liberals realize their bill is overwhelmingly unpopular. So how did it get to this point? One man wants to credit (or blame) FOX News.
“After 14 months of Fox’s relentless pounding of President Obama’s idea of sweeping reform, the latest Gallup poll shows opinion running 48 to 45 percent against the current legislation,” wrote Howell Raines in the Outlook section of The Washington Post. Raines, former executive editor of The New York Times, claims this pressure has moved mountains.
“The American people and many of our great modern presidents have been demanding major reforms to the health-care system since the administration of Teddy Roosevelt,” he writes. Yet what we’re seeing today is “a matter of Fox turning reality on its head with, among other tactics, its endless repetition of its uber-lie: ‘The American people do not want health-care reform.’”
Well, first, opposition is no lie.
Every credible poll shows ObamaCare is underwater with Americans. And support has been steadily eroding as the process has gone on. It seems reasonable to assume that’s because people have had time to find out what’s in the bill and what it might cost, and they’re trending against it. No wonder Obama keeps setting false deadlines and claiming we need reform, “right now!”