Obamacare supporters have clearly lost the political debate—as demonstrated by the constant erosion of support reflected in the Rasmussen Poll reproduced above. I have always thought that support would have to get into the low thirties to stop this turkey. And we are almost there. Indeed, in the most recent survey, just 38% of those surveyed support the program. From the poll:
Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% now oppose the plan.
That’s quite a plunge from the early days when 50% supported. People—me included—want our system to be reformed. But Hillarycare II was not the way to unite the country behind hope and change.
Not only are the numbers against Obamacare, so is the intensity of opposition versus support:
Intensity remains stronger among those who oppose the push to change the nation’s health care system: 21% Strongly Favor the plan while 43% are Strongly Opposed.
None of this means it won’t pass, of course. Congressional leaders are ruthless in their determination to get this done—if only to prevent a collapse of support among their base. But it could mean that what does pass will be less damaging than the current versions—and/or that the political ramifications of forcing this down the collective throat could dramatically change the current political paradigm.