By Dave Andrusko
President Obama, I think it’s safe to say, would rarely be accused of a lack of self-confidence. Remember his 2008 campaign slogan? “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”? Or after securing his party’s nomination for President, modestly suggesting that ”this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
So, we shouldn’t be surprised that even though there was a complete absence of any supporting evidence, the President would take a victory lap, demanding that opponents concede that the debate over ObamaCare is over.
I meant to write about this last week, but…. I was reminded of the need to say a few words when Guy Benson picked up on the President’s non-sequitur in columns on Monday and Tuesday.
As the largest single-issue pro-life organization in the world, National Right to Life opposes ObamaCare because it created a national program of massive federal subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion, and imposes rationing of lifesaving medical care. The “Affordable Health Care Act” is bad not just for the youngest and the oldest but for many/most of us in between.
By way of preface, President Obama excels at erecting strawmen. That’s much easier than defending the indefensible. To make opponents sound defeated, he put words in the mouths of those who disagree with ObamaCare.
But the question for the President and nervous Democrats is this: has there been a shift away from opposition to ObamaCare, a fact of life from the beginning? In a word, no.
As Benson reminds us, a new Fox News poll shows only 39% support ObamaCare, to 56% who oppose. “Note well,” he wrote, “that this nationwide survey was conducted in mid-April, two weeks after Obama first began spiking the enrollment football and reaping thinly-disguised ‘Obamacare comeback!’ headlines in the media.”
In fact, the number is one point worse than it was in June 2013, when 40% supported ObamaCare and 55% opposed it!
But those who aren’t on the Obama payroll, figuratively or literally, know it’s not just the brute numbers that are bad from the perspective of Democrats.
Writing up a poll for USA Today earlier this month, Susan Page observed
“In the survey, taken after President Obama announced a surprising 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health care through the law’s exchanges, more than eight in 10 registered voters say a candidate’s stance on the law will be an important factor in determining their vote. A 54% majority call it very important.
“By 2-1, those who rate the issue as very important disapprove of the law.
“That means it is more likely to motivate opponents than supporters to vote — a critical element in midterm elections when turnout often is low.”
The President can be forgiven for trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. He’s trying to keep Democratic control of the Senate and minimize losses in the House.
But those who are willing to simply look at the facts, as opposed to uncritically accepting the President’s spin, ObamaCare remains an albatross for Democrats.
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