Poll: Americans Now Heart Healthcare Reform, Despite GOP Hysteria

March 24, 2010

(ChattahBox)—A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken on Monday, a day after healthcare reform passed through the House, shows an increase of Americans now viewing the bill positively. The poll shows how quickly the political landscape has changed for the Obama administration, with an historic victory that repairs the nation’s broken healthcare system. Now, with the bill signed into law on Tuesday and President Obama taking to the road to tout its benefits, more Americans are expected to slowly come around and close their ears to the Republican apocalyptic hysteria over the healthcare bill.

The poll shows that overall, 49 percent of Americans now favor healthcare reform, with 40 percent viewing it negatively. This positive majority represents a distinct trend upwards, compared to a similar poll conducted a month ago, in the midst of vitriolic tea party protests and negative Fox News coverage.

The largest group, at 48 percent, view the landmark legislation “a good first step” that needs to be followed by more action. And 4 percent of those polled, say the bill makes the most important changes needed in the nation’s health care system.

About one-third of those surveyed, at 31 percent, still believe the healthcare reform bill makes “the wrong types of changes.” And 8 percent of the group feels our healthcare system is just fine the way it is.

Obama’s handling of the healthcare reform process is viewed as excellent or good by 46 percent of those polled, with 31 percent calling Obama’s work poor.

Congress overall, was viewed more negatively by Americans. Among Congressional Democrats, the results are about evenly divided, with 32 percent viewing their work as good or excellent and 33 percent as poor.

But Congressional Republicans fared worse, with only 26 percent viewing their work as good or excellent and 34 percent saying their efforts are poor.

Not one Republican lawmaker voted for the healthcare reform bill, during a contentious House session that was marked by unruly tea party protesters egged on by some GOP lawmakers, racial slurs and abusive behavior directed towards Democratic Congressman by teapartiers and one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Randy Neugebauer(R-TX), shouted out “baby killer” when Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) rose to the floor to speak.

Obama will begin highlighting the benefits of the bill on Thursday at a town hall meeting in Iowa.

Source: USA Today

Photo Source: White House Flickr/Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy


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  3. Btok on March 24th, 2010 12:15 pm

    Obama’s ‘win’ over We the People
    Obama signs ObamaCare Bill—Claims victory over American People
    By Sher Zieve Tuesday, March 23, 2010
    On 23 March 2010, the American Republic was formally ended. As Obama signed the ObamaCare Death Plan—which gives his Marxist Party control of 1/6 of the economy of the former United States of America—he declared “Victory!” Over whom, you ask?
    A victory over the American people. At least 70% of We-the-People were against ObamaCare and it appears that the numbers are still growing. Obama decided to fight them with all the power available to him. He is—yet again—claiming “I won!” This time, it was a “win” over us all. Obama has won his battle over liberty and freedom and does not intend to give it back. He and his Marxist Party are now claiming that this is their country—not ours. And they will decide who is allowed to live here and who is not. That’s special attention on the word “live.”
    However, determined to establish his Tyranny, Obama and his minions—in direct and uncompromising opposition to the vast majority of US citizens—ruled against the USA and its people. Make no mistake. Obama has now—with the help of the other traitors including but, not limited to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and even faux pro-lifer Bart Stupak—established his own form of government. We are now officially living under a Tyranny, folks. Whether we are on the right or on the left, we are all now authoritatively ObamaSlaves. As time goes on, it will only get worse.
    Have no illusions. This is the worst day—thus far—in American history. It is time to fight.

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  4. Tom Degan on March 25th, 2010 6:51 am

    The commentators keep reminding us that Theodore Roosevelt was the first president who tried to bring universal health care to the American people. That’s not quite true. He never really expressed the idea while he was in office. In 1912 Roosevelt had been out of office for four years when he attempted to reclaim the presidency from William Howard Taft, the man he had picked to succeed him. Once in office, Taft began to dismantle most of the progressive reforms that Teddy had put into place. When he sought the nomination once again, his campaign slogan was “a square deal for every man and every woman in the United States.” Part of the “Square Deal” was health care for all. He arrived at the convention that summer with all the delegates he needed (and then some) to seize the mantle of standard bearer. It was not to be. His party would betray the people by giving the nomination to Taft in spite of his victory. They had had enough of Theodore Roosevelt and his progressive reforms. 1912 was the year that the progressive wing of the Republican party died. He was the last great Republican president – the very last.

    A generation later TR’s distant cousin Franklin attempted to pick up the torch of universal health care. In his 1944 State of the Union address, he told the American people that his major goal for the post war world was national health insurance. Unfortunately for you and I, FDR did not live to see the war’s end. A film of that speech can be viewed in Michael Moore’s film, Capitalism: A Love Story. It’s is now out on DVD and is essential viewing.

    The new health care bill is not perfect – far from it – but as the old Chinese saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” There will be improvements made on it down the years – there absolutely needs to be – but this is a fairly good first step. We’re on our way! The Conservatives will whine, but that’s what they do best. They’ll whine just as they whined when Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, or the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Just as they whined when Harry Truman desegregated the army in 1947, or when Franklin D. Roosevelt brought Social Security into being in 1935. They’ll whine just like they did when Woodrow Wilson tried to form the League of Nations in 1919 – or when Abraham Lincoln ended the institution of slavery in 1863! They whine a lot. Did you ever notice that?


    Tom Degan

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