published Monday, March 19th, 2012

Public again says it dislikes ObamaCare, and especially the individual mandate

The sheer staying power of the dislike that so many Americans feel toward ObamaCare is a testament to the broad public understanding that the complicated, expensive law was a bad idea from the outset -- to say nothing of the fact that it violates the Constitution's limits on federal power.

That unpopularity has been evident in literally scores of Rasmussen Reports opinion polls of likely voters since ObamaCare was signed into law about two years ago.

In all but one of those surveys, a majority said the law ought to be repealed.

Now, an Associated Press-GfK survey also shows how much the law is disliked.

It found that only 35 percent of Americans support the law, while 47 percent oppose it.

And about six in 10 say they oppose the most objectionable provision of ObamaCare -- its mandate that virtually all Americans buy federal government-approved insurance or be fined.

That requirement is unconstitutional, and it justifies the Supreme Court striking down ObamaCare when it rules on the law later this year.

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sage1 said...

Obama does not care about the constitution nor what Americans want. He's gonna ram whatever he likes down our throats. Better vote him out before we "find out what's in it" and many other moves he has made or plans to make. Better start reading Breitbart.com and the vetting of the president before it's too late.

March 19, 2012 at 4:22 a.m.
bookworm said...

The Affordable Health Care Act is a bold attempt to counter the abuses of the private health care insurance industry. As such, it seeks to broaden coverage for many thousands nationwide who heretofore have been denied due to prior Hx. Also, parents can now keep their college age children insured under their policies till age 26. Those who cannot afford to purchase private insurance can be given asst. and directed to any one of the health insurance pools. This is a step in the right direction, and if anything, it is a boon to the health insurance industry as well. But make no mistake, the Health care act in no way prevents any individual that already has private insurance to not continue his or her private choice of coverage. It is the best of both worlds. Shame on the Free Press for using scare tactics and misinformation. If detractors think 'ObamaCare' is a 'government takeover' of their health insurance, then maybe they will also want to cancel out their government Medicare and their Social Security checks. You can't have it both ways. Stop wining.

March 19, 2012 at 6:37 a.m.
dfclapp said...

From the CBO on March 13: "CBO and JCT now estimate that the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of just under $1.1 trillion over the 2012-2011period --- about $50 million less than the agencies' March 2011 estimate for that 10 year period."

The reason promoters of lies and distortions like the editorial writers of the Free Press have any success at all is that people assume that they love the country and would not create a lie that would harm it. This ability to deceive, however, only lasts if they can kill the truth before their audience sees it.

Nonetheless, it is sad that the many good ideas of the Republican Party that could meld with the good ideas of the Democratic Party to form quality legislation have been lost to a lunatic fringe that cares more about hate than citizenship.

March 19, 2012 at 6:43 a.m.
conservative said...

Want to see Lieberals scream and go ballistic, just pass a personal responsibility law whereby Americans would be required to provide for their own children, their own food, their own retirement and their own healthcare.

March 19, 2012 at 8:21 a.m.

Democrats label criticism of Obama as hate speech. That's what they repeat over and over again. Anyone who attacks Obama's lefty agenda must be a racist and full of hate. The CBO estimates as many as 20 million people may lose coverage because the companies they work will no longer be able to afford to do that. That's exactly what Obama wants, more and more dependence on the Federal Gov.

European economies are collapsing right and left because of so many people depending on them and the insane amount of benefits they've paid out. Yet, Obama, that meat head, doesn't give a crap. His ideology must win out. Dummy.

March 19, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.
dfclapp said...

I'm sure that conservative would be very happy in a third world country without any infrastructure provided by the state, at least he/she would be if he/she had a private army and a private hospital and a private school and a private food supply so that his/her bunker would be self sufficient. "I, me, mine" --- How inspiring!

March 19, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.
dfclapp said...

chattanoogatennesseeusa, I label the treatment of Obama as hate speech when it does not reflect the same respect one would expect for a soldier or the flag. President Obama was voted into office as commander in chief by the majority of Americans. Whatever an American's private belief, if he or she is a loyal American, he/she will show the same kind of respect he or she would ask from employees as leader of a business, or as leader of an emergency response team from all citizens.

March 19, 2012 at 8:51 a.m.
fairmon said...

bookworm said... If detractors think 'ObamaCare' is a 'government takeover' of their health insurance, then maybe they will also want to cancel out their government Medicare and their Social Security checks. You can't have it both ways. Stop wining.

This should happen ASAP. There is no justification to continue these welfare programs. Phase them out aggressively and repeal the AHCA. Sooner or later this country will have to face the deficit spending and federal debt issue. The OMB recently opined the cost of the AHCA will cost about 2X the estimate of just under 1 trillion when being promoted to people. There is nothing the federal government manages or intervenes in that doesn't experience significantly increased cost.

Neither party can be honest or manage the way necessary and get elected or re-elected. They have to promise the most free stuff or impossible miracles to a gullible electorate.

March 19, 2012 at 8:59 a.m.
joneses said...

No one really knows what is in obamacare. Remember pelosi saying it needs to be voted on so we can see what is in it? Well, we still do not know. But I will tell you this. Because everything this fool we have as a president has done is a complete failure you can assume that obamacare will be a failure as well. Before you vote look at this this pathetic fools accomplishments. The only thing he is accomplishing is making more people dependent on government therefore keeping more people in poverty.

March 19, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.
Rtazmann said...

WELL I KNOW FOR A FACT JONESES,,,,IT'S ENOUGH TO BE BREAKING ME,,,,,EVERY MONTH I HAVE A CHOICE,,,,TO PAY FOR DOCTORS,,,MEDS,,AND LIVING,,,,AND YOU DON'T GET RICH ON DISABILITY...I HAVE YET TO MEET ANYONE IN ANY STATE AGENCY,,,,THAT KNOWS OF ANY HELP ORGANIZATIONS IN THE CHATTANOOGA AREA...UNFORTUNATELY MINE HAS TO BE PERMANENT BECAUSE I'M ON DISABILITY,NOT TEMPORARY..I'M SURE IT'S DOING THE SAME TO OTHER SENIORS ,.... I'M GIVEN A CHECK EVERY MONTH AND THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING IT BACK,,,,MAN THIS IS LIVING ISN'T IT??

March 19, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.
bookworm said...

Dear conservative: part of individual responsibility is paying for your own health insurance policy so that I as a taxpayer do not have to pay for your care when you get sick.

March 19, 2012 at 8:52 p.m.
bookworm said...

Jonses: Very true: We shouldn't be 'dependent upon big government.' Well I guess we need to get rid of our armed forces because we don't want a government takeover of our national security. This reduces all of us to building bunkers in our back yards with stockpiles of Alpo and plenty of machine gun bullets. Thankfully, the majority of americans are of saner persuasion and see government as doing positve things in a democrat society.

March 19, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.
fairmon said...

bookworm said... Jonses: Very true: We shouldn't be 'dependent upon big government.' Well I guess we need to get rid of our armed forces because we don't want a government takeover of our national security.

Your screen name is misleading. Read the constitution. It does give the federal government the responsibility and power for defending the country. It doesn't go so far as to empower the government to be an aggressor nation. War can only be declared with congressional approval. Reading it in it's entirety can be very educational. Reading it carefully and interpreting it literally will show the federal government has violated it often and to an extreme in many instances.

March 19, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.
bookworm said...

Thanks Harp for the heads up: You know the Constitution say government should 'profide for the general welfare...' I guess that means it is unconstitutional to make sure people can get affordable health care, doesn't it? For some odd reason righties think nothing of belittling women's health and killing people in Aghanistan and Iraq. Both wars are unconstitutional: Only Congress can declare war. Hence the War powers act is unconstitutional. Yet when it comes to helping those less advantaged --- our own citizens --- you balk at that. Let them eat cake you say. Ergo, the U.S. has the larrgest income disparity between rich and poor among the industrialized G-10 nations. Give the poor a living wage and they won't need Food Stamps and Welfare. Oh, I almost forgot: The Constitution gives the government power to regulate interstate commerce, and that includes the health insurance industry.

March 20, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.
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