Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Weight of the Big Tent

This is what happens when a few select Democrats start kicking out the poles that hold up the big tent.
A new nationwide poll suggests a majority of American voters disapprove of the health care reform plans being discussed in Congress and President Barack Obama’s handling of the issue.

Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute in Connecticut surveyed 1,616 registered voters from Dec. 15-20 and found 53% “mostly disapprove” of the health care changes being considered in Congress, compared to 36% who “mostly approve.” Meanwhile 56% disapprove of Obama’s handling of the issue compared to 38% who approve.

Not happy with the plan, not happy with Obama. Look at what would make them happy. Or, happier, anyway.

Voters may oppose the health care plans overall, but they support some items which have been stripped from the Senate bill: Fifty-six percent of respondents support the so-called “public option” government health plan compared to 38% who oppose it. Meanwhile, voters support allowing younger people to buy into Medicare by a 64%-30% margin.

Hope the House is taking notes.