The will of the people State, National, International, posted by anti-stupid brigade, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm
So I keep reading in teabagger postings and wingnut websites about how congress is ignoring the will of the people and ramming healthcare down the throats of americans. This apparently is all based on a few polls that show HCR only enjoyed 40% support at the time of its passage. Turns out if you dig deeper into those numbers, it turns out 13% of the people were against the bill because it wasn't liberal enough, wasn't single-payer or didn't include a public option. That leaves only about 35% who were against HCR altogether. A little over 1/3rd of the nation. Hardly an expression of the will of the people.
But more importantly, if you break the individual components of healthcare down (pre-existing condition bans, dropped coverage bans, subsidies to purchase insurance, noting that you will keep your current insurance/doctor/etc should you choose) these main pieces all polled 65% plus. So it's safe to say if each of the component pieces enjoys 65%+ support, yet the bill taken together loses 25% of that support, perhaps the American people don't truly understand what HCR was providing them. Perhaps all the lies and distortions of the rightwing media machine were getting to them. Who knows.
But the ultimate expression of the will of the people is through our elections. And in 2008, Barack Obama focused most of the campaign on passing comprehensive healthcare reform. It was discussed, debated, and talked about almost daily on the campaign trail. He was elected with a margin of 10 million votes and the largest electoral college victory in a generation. The democrats in the house extended their majority by another 20 seats. The democrats in the senate extended their majority to 58 senators (as of election day 08, before specter switched and al franken finally won his legal battles in minnesota). The dems did this running as one of their main campaign planks a full comprehensive healthcare reform package. To claim the dems aren't following the will of the people is insane. If there's any way the will of the people was being ignored it was the fact that it was taking so long to get HCR passed and people were frustrated with the process..."we voted the dems in to do this and they're taking forever...what the hell?"...Of course, the mystery is why people aren't turning against the GOP for being the main reason it took so long to pass...oh yeah, the congressional GOP has a 23% approval rating...good luck running on that...
So please, teabaggers, spare the rest of us your bellyaching about how congress supposedly executed some power grab, violated the will of the people, shredded the constitution, whatever, when they did EXACTLY WHAT THEY CAMPAIGNED FOR AND EXACTLY WHAT THE PEOPLE VOTED THEM IN TO DO.
Posted by Pleasanton Mom for Truth, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 26, 2010 at 9:18 am
I am going to employ my CAPITAL Liberal Double Standard to say well done, asb. Thanks for breaking it down. Mmmmmmmm, delicious truth - nourishes the soul!
Let me add that people with perfectly acceptable insurance coverage are ALSO in favor of reform, so the whole " get a job, take care of yourself " Tea Party mantra isn't really realistic. Imagine that.
Posted by Grateful, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:17 am
The health insurance industry only has itself to blame. I am grateful that their reign of terror against American citizens is coming to an end. I am fortunate to have health insurance, which I pay for myself, but I no longer will have to worry about my 21 year-old-daughter, who has significant medical issues, being uninsurable.
Thank you President Obama and the Democrats. I only wish the bill would go further and offer the public option. Without competition,there is little incentivie to the companies to charge reasonable rates.