President Obama stood up today and proclaimed that the passage of the health care bill proved that the government, “of the people, by the people, still works for the people.”
Except 76% of the American people don’t want this monstrosity. Last fall, a Gallup poll showed that about 75% of insured Americans, both private and Medicare/Medicaid insurees, rated their health care coverage as excellent or good (they rated their actual health care even better). Which means, unless the “76% opposed” poll was only talking to insured voters, that there are a lot of people in that opposition who either don’t have health care or don’t like their health care all that much.
Rasmussen Reports just released a report showing that voters are currently registered as 35% Democrat, 32% Republican, and 33% unaffiliated… which means that if every single Republican and unaffiliated voter out there was against the health care bill, then that last 10% of disapproval came out of the Democratic ranks. (And that “unaffiliated” category continues to grow rapidly.)
Last night, Speaker Pelosi arrived back in the House chambers at the end of the Minority Whip’s excellent speech. She received a standing ovation from the Democratic side of the House and proceeded promptly to her specially set-up podium… set on the Democratic side, facing away from the Republican side.
Remember the purple suit at her swearing in, because she said she’d be a uniting Speaker, not a partisan one? No more red states vs. blue states? So much for that.
Well, at least, the opposition to the health care bill has been a great uniter.