Majority now opposes ObamaCare

A new Rasmussen poll shows that support for ObamaCare has dropped to a new low:

Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low as just 42% of U.S. voters now favor the plan. That’s down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that opposition to the plan has increased to 53%, up nine points since late June.

White House: Town Hall Protesters Aren’t Un-American

Late today, the White House distanced itself from the comments made in a Op-Ed today by Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer:

The White House disagreed this afternoon with the contention by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, that the disruptions at town hall meetings are “un-American,” as the Democratic congressional leaders contended in a USA Today op-ed this morning.

Leading Blue Dog Democrat Calls Town Hall Protesters “Political Terrorists”

Indiana Congressman Baron Hill won’t be hold any town hall meetings during the August recess:

“I’m trying to control the event,” Hill said, shortly before an informal discussion with a dozen business people at the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. “What I don’t want to do is create an opportunity for the people who are political terrorists to blow up the meeting and not try to answer thoughtful questions.”

Wow, and I thought calling them “Un-American” was bad.

CBO: No savings from preventative care

A new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the savings promoted by Democrats and President Barack Obama from preventative care don’t exist, in fact, it will lead to higher costs in the long run:

In yet more disappointing news for Democrats pushing for health care reform, Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, offered a skeptical view Friday of the cost savings that could result from preventive care — an area that President Obama and congressional Democrats repeatedly had emphasized as a way health care reform would be less expensive in the long term.

Obviously successful preventive care can make Americans healthier and save lives. But, Elmendorf wrote, it may not save money as Democrats had been arguing.

ObamaCare will cost much more than advertised

Reason points out that the cost of ObamaCare, which is currently estimated at around $1.5 trillion, is certain to cost much more than anyone is letting on, as is the history with government programs and projects:

Top Dem Leaders: Protesters are Un-American

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.” - Hillary Clinton

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have written an editorial in USA Today calling the tactics of town hall protesters “Un-American”:

White House action on “fishy” e-mails could be illegal

Andrew Napolitano says that the move to collect “fishy” information by the White House may be illegal:

“The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it,” Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday.

“There’s also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. It can’t try to rewrite history by pretending it didn’t receive anything,” he said.

“If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute.”

So You’re Going To A Town Hall? Here’s Some Advice

David Nalle at the blog of the Republican Liberty Caucus offers some friendly advice for people going to Congressional town hall meetings this month:

Georgia Congressman lashes out at doctor

I posted this on Peach Pundit last night and thought it would be worth posting here as well since this is going on all over the country.

Yesterday, in Douglasville, Georgia, Rep. David Scott (D-GA) lashed out Dr. Brian Hill for asking questions about health care at an event about a state highway to goes through the community.

Problem is the forum was open to questions about other issues, so Dr. Hill, who is a urologist, decided to ask his question, which was if the Congressman supported HR 3200. Rep. Scott was less than forthcoming, responding with only, “I don’t know.” Hill was more direct asking instead if he supported a public option for government-run health care. Scott replied, “Yes, I do.”

Public Opinion Mixed On Town Hall Protesters

So far at least, the American public doesn’t seem too impressed with the often-raucous town hall protesters:

Forty-one percent (41%) of U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of the people opposing health care reform at town hall meetings now being conducted by members of Congress, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

But 35% view the protesters unfavorably. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure what they think of them.

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