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Obamacare bill near collapse?

My headline is admittedly misleading, as it is difficult to pin down what is meant by Obamacare. As of now it includes no public option and no Medicare buy-in. The watered down bill is now facing opposition by the far left while the right continues to oppose it. An NBC poll (via Instapundit) shows additional evidence of the falling public support for the bill.

As the Senate sprints to pass a health-care bill by Christmas, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that those believing President Obama's health-reform plan is a good idea has sunk to its lowest level.

Just 32 percent say it's a good idea, versus 47 percent who say it's a bad idea.

In addition, for the first time in the survey, a plurality prefers the status quo to reform. By a 44-41 percent margin, respondents say it would be better to keep the current system than to pass Obama's health plan.

The longer the bill is debated (and changed) the less public support it has. Ann Althouse suggests the root cause of the problem.
People just don't want this bill. I think the big mistake was skipping the step of winning public support for a particular plan. It wasn't enough that people believed there was a problem. People needed to believe the solution wasn't worse than the problem. We were supposed to look away and trust them. The trust was never won, never earned. It's been a horrific mess, and it just looks messier and messier as time wears on.
Some Republicans have taken note of this trend as well and are using procedural tactics to prevent a quick vote on the bill. CNN reports:
The congressional health care debate stalled briefly Wednesday as Senate Republicans insisted that a 767-page mega-amendment be read out loud in its entirety.

The move could have brought Senate business to a halt for the day and potentially threatened Democrats' ability to pass a health care bill before Christmas.

But Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the amendment's sponsor, withdrew the measure in order to allow the Senate to return to normal business.

The latest developments suggest that the bill is near collapse. The ALF-CIO and SEIU unions are holding emergency meetings to discuss the current bill and may announce their opposition to it.
Though there's no official word yet, early indications based on talks with various officials are that the groups will either formally oppose the legislation or, less dramatically, just not fight very hard to ensure its passage.
Follow the link for more quotes and some interesting analysis.

I still believe the senate will pass something called health care reform in order to save face. Only time will tell just what this something is.


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"I still believe the senate... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"I still believe the senate will pass something called health care reform in order to save face. Only time will tell just what this something is."

That's the danger.

They'll pass something, then add on more stuff later; all leading to Single Payer.

It's sadistically fun to watch the blue-on-blue infighting, though. Maybe it's just gallows humor.

"Obamacare bill near collap... (Below threshold)

"Obamacare bill near collapse"

From you keybaord to God's monitor.

Gee: forcing a reading of a... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Gee: forcing a reading of an amendment. I guess that's the only way some of these clowns will actually read/hear of what's in their monstrous bills!

Let's do that with every piece of legislation from both sides. After all, hearing something can help you realize how stupid what you worte really is.

"The trust was never won, n... (Below threshold)

"The trust was never won, never earned."

It wasn't there to begin with. Barry and Company lost it when they passed the "Democratic Party Stimulus and Wish Bill" earlier this year.

People are awakening to the reality that a small party of left wing radicals wants to MANDATE one hell of a lot of what goes on in this country and they don't give a rat's ass for other points of view.

Barry expected he'd have about a 6 month run before people woke up. Looks like he was wrong.

This is the legislative ver... (Below threshold)

This is the legislative version of Freddy Krueger. Even if we kill Freddy Krueger in 'Nightmare on Capital Hill 3'...he'll just be back in 'Nightmare on Capital Hill 4'.

Still, Freddy IS looking a bit worse for wear about now! :)

"Obamacare bill near col... (Below threshold)

"Obamacare bill near collapse?"

C'mon little bobby pin ....`POP'

[Quoted insanity deleted, a... (Below threshold)

[Quoted insanity deleted, as was the original comment.]

How surprising!(not) Stupid and delusional both.

Yow. Attention, Dan K. Clea... (Below threshold)

Yow. Attention, Dan K. Clean up on aisle #7, please. And bring the extra-large mop.

[Quoted insanity deleted... (Below threshold)

[Quoted insanity deleted, as was the original post]

If it is they did a lousy job. More people die every season from the common cold or seasonal flu strain than this overhyped for passage of Obaamba SCARE VIRUS.

By the way, are You writing a book or something? Man keep it short and to the point.

7. Posted by jacksmith | De... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

7. Posted by jacksmith | December 16, 2009 7:03 PM

Sweet fancy Moses, Jack.
Did you miss medication time this afternoon?

Yeah, jacksmith is off his ... (Below threshold)

Yeah, jacksmith is off his meds......AGAIN!

We'll know Obamacare is nea... (Below threshold)

We'll know Obamacare is nearing collapse when Obama says, "Hey, why do you call it Obamacare? I didn't write it!"

Now the Republicans must pr... (Below threshold)

Now the Republicans must propose amendments that are no longer than 20 pages and contain a simple item that the public wants for Health Care Reform.

Have them read a simple amendment that takes no more than 30 minutes to read. Highlight the difference between the massive unread bill and what we want for reform.






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