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Rasmussen: Sixty-One Percent Think Cost, Not Universal Coverage, Is More Important Health Care Concern

July 20, 2009

To listen to the Obama administration tell it, you’d think civilization as we know it will collapse within a fortnight if we don’t have universal coverage like, yesterday.  The problem is, the average American apparently doesn’t think so:

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide say that cost is the biggest health care problem facing the nation today. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% believe the lack of universal health insurance coverage is a bigger problem.

So why the rush to nationalization–which, by the way, is precisely what President Obama’s plan amounts to–if an overwhelming majority of people don’t come close to sharing his apocryphal concerns for universal coverage?

President Obama knows his domestic agenda is sputtering, especially in the face of colossal spending, out of control borrowing, and crippling deficits.  In fact, he’s known this for quite some time–which is precisely why he’s been trying hard for some time to frame universal health care (along with education spending and his insane energy policy initiatives) as one of three factors that precipitated our present recession.  Charles Krauthammer remarked upon this way back in March, dubbing it “The Great Non-Sequitur”:

The logic of Obama’s address to Congress went like this:

“Our economy did not fall into decline overnight,” he averred. Indeed, it all began before the housing crisis. What did we do wrong? We are paying for past sins in three principal areas: energy, health care, and education — importing too much oil and not finding new sources of energy (as in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf?), not reforming health care, and tolerating too many bad schools.

The “day of reckoning” has now arrived. And because “it is only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we’ll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament,” Obama has come to redeem us with his far-seeing program of universal, heavily nationalized health care; a cap-and-trade tax on energy; and a major federalization of education with universal access to college as the goal.

Amazing. As an explanation of our current economic difficulties, this is total fantasy. As a cure for rapidly growing joblessness, a massive destruction of wealth, a deepening worldwide recession, this is perhaps the greatest non sequitur ever foisted upon the American people

The problem for the president is, people know that Mr. Krauthammer is right.  President Obama almost assuredly knows it as well, which provides an explaination for the exceptional punctiliousness in his use of anecdotal arguments, wildly exaggerated statistics, and of course, President Obama’s favorite sport–shadowboxing the elusive “do nothing” gremlin that has dogged Obama throughout his presidency: “The opponents of health insurance reform would have us do nothing. But think about what doing nothing, in the face of ever increasing costs, will do to you and your family.”

Even polls usually sympathetic to the President are showing a dearth of support for ObamaCare, and even fellow Democratic Congressmen have expressed doubt about exactly where the money for ObamaCare is going to come from.  My best guess: “Rich” is about to be redefined to basically include anyone with a functional washing machine.  It’s either that, or let the printing presses run night and day spitting out new money.

As a parting shot, one should once again note that President Obama cannot help but take a swipe at his predecessor: “First, the same folks who controlled the White House and Congress for the past eight years as we ran up record deficits will argue – believe it or not – that health reform will lead to record deficits.”

First, for two of those eight eight years, the “folks” who “controlled Congress” were Democrats.  Second, those “record deficits” are no longer record deficits; President Obama has effectively seen to that at this point in time.  It is as though the man has some form of Tourette’s Syndrome that renders him incapable of delivering a speech that doesn’t include at least one dig against former president Bush.  The man makes speeches declaring that he won’t “harp and gripe”, and then he proceeds to… harp and gripe.

The more his poll numbers slip, the more urgent the “need” for ObamaCare will become.

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