ObamaCare

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.

Obama To The Opposition: Sit Down, And Shut Up

He doesn’t want to hear from you:

“I expect to be held responsible, but I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

In other words, if you don’t agree with me, you’re part of the problem.

AARP meets resistance in Dallas

Here’s a look at an AARP sponsored townhall meeting held in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday. The AARP representative passively tossed aside concerns from members in the crowd who were asking questions and then abruptly left.

A First Hand View Of A Town Hall In Maryland: Nope, No Swastikas Here

ABC News’s Steven Portnoy goes to a Congressional town hall and finds something different from what the left says is there:

There were no lobbyist-funded buses in the parking lot of Mardela Middle and High School on Tuesday evening, and the hundreds of Eastern Maryland residents who packed the school’s auditorium loudly refuted the notion that their anger over the Democrats’ health care reform plans is “manufactured.”

“I went to school in this school,” a man named Bob told me.  “I don’t see anyone in this room that isn’t from Mardela Springs right now.”

“We’ve been quiet too long,” said a woman named Joan.

Pelosi Crosses The Line, Calls Townhall Protesters Nazis

Just in case you were wondering, everything I said about Republicans yesterday applies to Democrats too:

C4G tracks taxpayer outrage

The Club for Growth is tracking video of taxpayer protests around the country over ObamaCare. So far they’ve posted video from 13 states.

You can watch them here.

Shouting Isn’t A Substitute For Political Debate

Much attention has been paid over the past few days to the raucous Congressional town halls that some see as a sign that the American people are revolting against ObamaCare and deficit spending.

Cannon: Cost of ObamaCare 50% percent higher than estimates

Michael Cannon from the Cato Institute notes that the cost of ObamaCare will be much more than anyone is letting on:

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the House Democrats’ legislation would spend $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Yet that cost estimate is based on a tried-and-true budget gimmick that members of Congress use to hide how much of your money they want to spend.

In reality, the Democrats’ health care bill is at least 50% more expensive than the $1.2 trillion estimate suggests.

President Obama and his fellow partisans want the federal government to guarantee medical insurance coverage to all Americans. According to estimates by the left-leaning Urban Institute, providing health insurance to all of the uninsured would cost just under $2 trillion over the next 10 years.

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House committee passes ObamaCare

Politico is reporting that the House Energy and Commerce Committee has passed ObamaCare (HR 3200) by a 31 to 28 vote, with five Democrats voting against. The full House won’t take up the bill until after Labor Day.

I’ll get vote information if and when it is available.

[9:29pm] The press release from the committee can be read here.

[9:34pm] Link to Politico story added in the original post.

[10:16pm] The five Democrats that voted against the bill were John Barrow (GA), Rick Boucher (VA), Jim Matheson (UT), Charlie Melancon (LA) and Bart Stupak (MI).

What freedoms will you give up for ObamaCare?

Fortune, via CNN, describes five freedoms you will lose under ObamaCare.


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