The Day After: a numbers game
It’s all about the numbers on the day after President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress on his vision for healthcare reform.
An administration official says the 30 million does not include illegal immigrants — Obama says his plan won’t cover them.
(The whole will it or won’t it cover illegal immigrants is one of the key areas of contention, with many Republicans adamantly opposed to taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants).
Then the Census Bureau came out with statistics showing there were 46.3 million Americans without health insurance last year, up from 45.7 million in 2007.
That government report also said the U.S. poverty rate hit its highest level in 11 years in 2008, rising to 13.2 percent from 12.5 percent in 2007.
The Census Bureau report could provide fodder to Democrats trying to show urgency for passing healthcare reform this year.
And finally, the AARP, an influential advocacy group for the older crowd, conducted an overnight survey after Obama’s speech of Americans aged 45 and older which found that a majority of respondents for each political affiliation said healthcare reform should be a priority for political leaders this year.
We have a pressing question about this survey — hellooooo… AGE 45 ???? since when is that considered elderly ???? (smelling salts please).
Anyway looking ahead, the really important numbers are not in yet — will Obama be able to rustle up enough votes to pass healthcare reform through Congress?
What do you think? Has your outlook on Obama’s healthcare plan changed overnight?
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (member of Congress sits alone in the House chamber after Obama’s healthcare speech)