The First Draft: numbers down

July 20, 2009

The numbers are down and that’s not good for President Barack Obama’s healthcare push.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll shows public support of  Obama’s handling of healthcare reform, a centerpiece of his domestic agenda, fell below 50 percent for the first time.

OBAMA/That could be a big OH-OH by providing critics (some in Obama’s own Democratic party)  ammunition against the plan that is estimated to cost more than $1 trillion.

Plenty on the plate for healthcare debate watchers today.

House Energy and Commerce Committee marks up legislation and Obama attends a roundtable with health care providers and is expected to make a statement around 1 p.m. Stay tuned.

Morning shows led with the American soldier captured in Afghanistan, showing the video of his detention that was put on the Internet this weekend.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells ABC’s Good Morning America that everything will be done to find and free him.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama at healthcare forum on July 1)

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How to cut healthcare costs? Easy – HBOs, insurance companies and all those other big business parasites in their shiny new office buildings who don’t actually treat patients or provide medicines but who are making billions off
of the health care of American citizens should be eliminated – or taxed at 90% to pay for universal health care for all citizens.

Healthcare in the US is controlled by greedy un-regulated (“free market”) big business profiteers like HBOs and insurance companies who are only interested in making lots of money for their bottom lines and pay-checks and to hell with stupid US consumers.

Posted by w smith | Report as abusive

The healthcare ‘industry’ is the only one still making billions in profit.

Posted by w smith | Report as abusive

How can anybody expect vibrant economic activity / JOB CREATION ( faulted by the non-alternative naysayers to distract a series of scandals ) and housing boom in the context one in two Americans say someone in their family skipped pills, postponed or cut back on needed medical care due to the cost ?

And there have been many different polls that show the public is overwhelmingly in favor of Obama’s version of reform, which includes a public option (for example, a CBS News/New York Times poll had 72% in favor and even a poll done by healthcare reform opponents showed 83% in favor of the public option).

Thank You !

Posted by HSR0601 | Report as abusive

w smith this is a very complicated problem,there are legitimate arguments on both sides of the debate.it is worrying to me that insurance companies are making decisions as to health care.but on the other hand the government are totally incompetent in running anything.hmo,s are cherry picking as to the patents they want to sign up,but in their defense would you want to buy a car from a dealer with over 200 000 miles.as i said in another blog ,people are irresponsible,just go to a mall and see the amount of obese people walking about,they are going to need extensive care as they get older.already congress have said that a health plan that they approve,would not mean that they would change from the services they already have.i think businesses would love to dump their commitment to providing cover for their employees.i think a national scheme would be a very damaging plan for the democrats because people are only concerned how it is going to effect them,and if the majority of people who have insurance see their services deteriorate there would be a tremendous backlash against the democrats politically.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

It it ironic that I have never been polled pertaining to any Democratic President’s agendas. I am 56 years old. By the way, I have ran my own poll with my friends and family and guess what. They have never been polled either. They are also Republicans. Who is running this poll? I do not believe you print the truth. If you really polled each American citizen, I’m sure you will find out our President is not all that popular.

Posted by Rick Myers | Report as abusive

How can anybody expect vibrant economic activity / JOB CREATION ( faulted by the non-alternative naysayers to distract a series of scandals ) and housing boom in the context one in two Americans say someone in their family skipped pills, postponed or cut back on needed medical care due to the cost ?

In regard to the stimulus investment, my understanding is as follows:

1. The current surging fuel cost (World oil prices doubled during the last 6 months) is overwhelming the market rally.
And the pending clean energy bill might serve as a second stimulus package world-wide boosting private investments.

2. People are so worried about losing their job, coverage, denial of treatment, which seems to increase bank deposit latetly. That means stimulus funding mainly goes toward bank deposit for a rainy day increasing jobless rate. It proves again that a healthy society yields better productivity, prosperity.
It is time to ‘Change’ the notion of the public health as a fundamental human right and install ‘a safety system for all’ like all of the other industrialized nations, I think.

3. The stimulus funding begins to mobilize just 11%, meanwhile, the auto industry has undergone its restructuring with the massive job-related impact.

4. The pandemic swine flu has been hurting the global economy seriously.

And there have been many different polls that show the public is overwhelmingly in favor of Obama’s version of reform, which includes a public option (for example, a CBS News/New York Times poll had 72% in favor and even a poll done by healthcare reform opponents showed 83% in favor of the public option).
Thank You !

Posted by HSR0601 | Report as abusive

HSR. If what you say is true, then it would be a slam dunk to pass this “public” option for health care. However, the majority of people don’t want anything to do with it.

Time for the paid pumpers to come out and misinform the people. Happened during the election, now they are back with another assignment…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Health care is an important issue and hopefully we are taking some lead from the European countries on what works and what doesn’t. It’s appalling the money that was given to mortgage and auto companies, we don’t need any more mistakes.

A “joke” was being circulated, but really.. if you think about it.. instead of giving all that money to the car and mortgage companies, if you have American families once the tax payer reaches 50 let’s say one million dollars, and with that is required to either pay off their home or buy a home, is required to buy an American made car and start a business or retire.. that would give money to the car companies, the mortgage industry and open up jobs for younger Americans. Seems like a great idea.. instead of giving a bunch of money to a failed company so that their CEO’s can get a several million dollar bonus =/

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