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Everything You Need To Know About Obama's Speech

From CNN...

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two out of three Americans who watched President Barack Obama's health care reform speech Wednesday night favor his health care plans - a 14-point gain among speech-watchers, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll of people who tuned into Obama's address Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress.

Sixty-seven percent of people questioned in the survey say the support Obama's health care reform proposals that the president outlined in his address, with 29 percent opposed. Those figures are almost identical to a poll conducted immediately after Bill Clinton's health care speech before Congress in September, 1993.

The audience for the speech appears to be more Democratic than the U.S. population as a whole. Because of this, the results may favor Obama simply because more Democrats than Republicans tune into the speech. The poll surveyed the opinions of people who watched Wednesday night's speech, and does not reflect the views of all Americans.

As the article later notes, the Clinton speech gave the same kind of temporary bump to a plan destined to failure. Since no one has yet seen the Obama plan (which is supposedly different than the plans we have seen), the devil will be in the details. Once the examination of a new White House authored plan begins expect the poll number to head right back toward where they were yesterday. If there is no new plan, but a rehash of existing plans then one would expect any gains in support to wash away even faster.

In short, good speech but likely not a game changer.

H/T: Donald Douglas


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Comments (19)

Once again, another pretty ... (Below threshold)

Once again, another pretty speech filled with pretty-painted half-truths masking lies. The "If you like your plan, yo get to keep it" rhetoric was toned down to "there's nothing in the bill forcing you onto a public plan". But once again, lille man Obama refuses to come out and say the truth- "Yeah, about 1/3 of you will be forced out of the plan you like onto the public rolls by employers trying to save money." And what;s this about a mandate forcing people to buy insurance? I know many people in their twenties who would rather pay out f pocket for a few doctor visists a year then shell out even $400 a month for a public insurnace plan. And you know what? it's their choice. If they have no kids and would rather spend that money on a nicer car or nice vacation, it's their choice as an American.
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You know what... the Republ... (Below threshold)

You know what... the Republican rebuttal made so much sense... fix malpratice, and encourage some healthy competition by allowing you to buy insurance in other states

What I'm wondering is why w... (Below threshold)

What I'm wondering is why we can't just get rid of all health insurance and just pay our doctors and hospital bills directly. Instead of a middle man taking money for overhead just pay your own bills. I'm sure prices would drop with the greater competition that would come from a free market approach instead of the virtual monopolies that insurance companies and, soon, the government have on health. It's better than having to, in the words the the president, "individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance." That's not a free market approach when everyone must have insurance. Obama compared it to having car insurance, but people have a choice whether they want to drive or walk.

Yes, the best and cheapest ... (Below threshold)
Mr Evilwrench:

Yes, the best and cheapest thing for most people through most of their lives is coverage for catastrophic and perhaps chronic conditions, and pay cash for everything else. Trying to put every aspirin and bandaid under insurance coverage is of course going to inflate the overall cost, just like the tort lottery.

Health Care speech (short v... (Below threshold)
Brian The Adequate:

Health Care speech (short version):

I will make sure everyone gets the same coverage as Congress, with lower bills and no tax increases. Just as soon as the Evil Rethuglicans stop playing politics and release the flying pigs and unicorns needed to deliver my plan.

In sho... (Below threshold)

In short, good speech but likely not a game changer.
Absolutely not a good speech. It was full of contradictions which are starting to become clear to all but Obots. Attacking a private citizen made him look weak and ineffective. Obama fatigue is setting in.

i really think everything o... (Below threshold)

i really think everything obama is doing is not helping anyone at all i dont hate the guy but disslike what he is doing and really he is not doing a good job at all everything he says is just words and no action he is just a show for everyone to look at and he is the star thats how i see it and thats how he was voted in by some americans because they wanted something diffrent not thinkn about the needs of america but we all will suffer for our mistakes and obama is this countrys mistake we all reap what we sow im a christian and i promise you that as christian i beleave worse things are to come for all of us so we all to change things and start doing diffrent by standing for what we have and not let obama change it this is our country and our fathers buit this on gods word so if people wont stand then i am so whos with me

I'm in favor of a public pu... (Below threshold)

I'm in favor of a public punctuation option to provide commas, periods, and semi-colons to Americans who cannot afford them.

"I'm in favor of a public p... (Below threshold)

"I'm in favor of a public punctuation option to provide commas, periods, and semi-colons to Americans who cannot afford them."

Wouldn't this be better addressed through tax credits?

Perhaps, igwogisdead - but ... (Below threshold)

Perhaps, igwogisdead - but Chris does have a point, even if he's not using them for periods.

Obama isn't concerned with ACTUALLY making things better for people. It's all about making the effort to make things better - so he can get the praise for 'trying', but not the blame for failing or delivering a friggin' economic disaster of a program.

For Obama, it's eternally and forever all about HIM. The rest of us are less than the dust on the White House carpet - we don't matter except as a source of votes, and he PROMISED whatever he had to in order to get into office.

Now he's trying to cement a legacy. I don't think he realizes just how hard that cement is going to be, how much he's pouring around his own feet, and how close he is to the edge of the dock...

I suspect that there are a ... (Below threshold)
arcman Author Profile Page:

I suspect that there are a whole lot of people like myself that can no longer listen to the man. His voice, the constant left and right turning of the head to read the telepromter, and his street cadence (not to mention when he tries to speak all folksy) just rankles me and stresses me out too much. I watched the tennis match last night.

If you look at the internal... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

If you look at the internals of the poll, 45% of those polled were Democrats and only 18% Republicans. Given that big an oversample of Kool-aid drinkers and undersample of thinking folks, and I'd say those results indicate that Obamacare is in big trouble.

I really enjoyed the US Ope... (Below threshold)

I really enjoyed the US Open, even though I had to watch the obligatory star interview with AB. Was there a speech or something on the other channels?

Of course the polls say rat... (Below threshold)

Of course the polls say ratings are up - read the verbiage - it's up for the people that watched - MOSTLY DEMS - you're going to brag about your own party watching and getting on board with you?

This is the most arrogant, egotistical, narcissistic administration I've ever seen - it's all about DO AS I SAY - this administration cares nothing about listening to us - the voters!

There is no "Obama Plan". ... (Below threshold)

There is no "Obama Plan". The only "Plan" Barry has is the one in his head. Being a Harvard trained lawyer, he knows not to put anything on paper. Unfortunately he can't do anything about video tapes of what he says. Yet.

I never listened to th Man.... (Below threshold)

I never listened to th Man. I could see his shuck and jive hand in your pocket spiel from before day one.

45% demoncrats and 18% repubs polled? Who were the other 37%? Romulans? Anyway's I can see the fairness of the sampling. Kind of like affirmative action for polling.

I played online Texas hold em poker last night. Did'nt even know the sheister in chief was on.

AP FACT CHECK: CA... (Below threshold)


Seven Times in 45 Minutes Obama Was Fast & Loose With The Facts

The Associated Press version was interesting and no doubt more credible NEWS sources will weigh in.

Competition: No provision from Obama to buy across state lines - stifles competition....WHY?

FINES TO INSURERS: Obama fines insurers for selling high benefit, high premium plans only available to highly profitable companies and wealthy individuals - reduces profit opportunity for insurers to mitigate profit reductions on median benefit, median premium plans....WHY?

The government NOW taxes corporations and high net worth indivuals at a higher rate...whay can't private enterprise develop high value products that deliver higher profits???????

Obama didn't FINE GM for selling PREMIUM CARS AT PREMIUM PROFITS...WHY is OBAMA / GOVERNMENT an obstacle to the INSURANCE BUSINESS creating PREMIUM PRODUCTS AT PREMIUM PROFIT (to rich people and business) - - - to offset reduced profits selling low end cafeteria plans.....

THE PUBLIC OPTION....manipulating competition.

The entire speech made The ... (Below threshold)

The entire speech made The One sound like a petulant child that was not getting his way. Evidently Barry has never been told "NO" before and doesn't know how to handle it. Not surprising. People who have held the office of President in the past have had some executive and leadership experience. The office requires that hard decisions be made. The hardest Barry ever made was voting "Present!". As for his "bi-partisan" bull shit, he was the most liberal, most partisan senator in the brief time that he held that office. Yep, those 52% of Americans picked a great "leader".

During his address, the Pre... (Below threshold)

During his address, the President stated, "One more misunderstanding I want to clear up -- under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions." If that is the case, why has every amendment to explicitly exclude abortion funding from the health care legislation been voted down? What is the problem with an explicit exclusion of abortion funding in the bill? That would go a long way to clear up the "misunderstanding."






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