by Bill Press
A funny thing happened on the way to repeal of President Obama's health care reform plan in the House: the vast majority of Americans decided they liked the new plan after all, and didn't want to see it repealed.
Pollsters said it was one of the most dramatic turnarounds in public opinion they'd ever recorded. In December 2009, after one year of debate over health care, a
Emboldened by those findings, Republicans charged ahead with plans to make repeal of health care the first order of business in the 112th
Why the change? Because none of the opponents' dire predictions came true, for one.
At the same time, some elements of the plan have started to kick in. Already, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. Already, small businesses are enjoying tax breaks for providing coverage to their employees. Already, parents can keep kids on their own plan until they're 26. And already, millions of Americans who could never before afford health insurance have discovered that suddenly, with government help, they can. Result: the more Americans see how the new health plan helps them and their families, the more they like it.
And the more they learn about the realities of repeal, the less they trust it. From the Congressional Budget Office, we learned that -- rather than saving money, as Republicans claim -- repeal would add
Yet, despite the overwhelming arguments against it, Republicans stubbornly stuck with repeal of what they called the "Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." Which is itself a lie. With some 30 million Americans gaining access to health insurance, insurance companies, clinics, and hospitals will all have to hire more people. In fact, the health care industry's the fastest growing industry in America today. The new health care law is not killing jobs; it's creating them -- fast!
So why aren't people more outraged over the 245 to 189 vote to repeal health care reform? Because most people realize it's not going anywhere beyond the House. Even its supporters acknowledge that. Republicans don't have the votes in the
This entire exercise, in other words, was a total waste of time and money. Nothing but a cynical political exercise which even Speaker John Boehner admitted Republicans pushed in order to keep a promise made to tea partiers during the 2010 campaign. And that raises serious questions about what we can expect from this new
First impressions are important. And the first impression we now have from the
Republicans spent the last two years opposing anything President Obama was for. They now plan to spend the next two years dismantling anything he's accomplished. Is that really what the American people want?
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