Our famously poll-obsessed President doesn't seem to care about one striking set of poll numbers. He's off on another expensive time-wasting taxpayer-funded cross-country political junket disguised as a listening tour, but he's not listening to the one economic plan Americans are demanding at the top of their lungs: repeal ObamaCare.
Fox News just released a poll that has 53 percent of Americans calling for ObamaCare repeal, vs. 40 percent who would keep it. The numbers are only that good for Obama's disastrous health care scheme because of Democrat partisan loyalty. They're 72-21 percent in favor of keeping it, while Republicans favor repeal by 85-13, and independents want repeal by 65-25.
They know ObamaCare is a job killer, and it's not doing anything to improve the health insurance market. "By a large 47-11 percent margin, voters expect the 2010 health care law will cost them rather than save them money in the coming year," says Fox News. "Another 34 percent think the law won???t change their family???s health care costs."
The best news for Obama in this poll is that voters were evenly split, 45-46, on whether his unconstitutional abuse of executive power to rewrite ObamaCare and delay the employer mandate was "unacceptable." A lot of that ambivalence is probably due to relief that at least part of the ObamaCare disaster has been delayed for a year.
This Fox News poll comes a day after a CBS News poll that found "36 percent of Americans want Congress to expand or keep the health care law while 39 percent want Congress to repeal it - the highest percentage seen in CBS News polls." What they're not telling you is that support for full repeal rose a remarkable eleven points since 2011. The more Americans find out about ObamaCare, the more they want it repealed.
"The poll also found a majority of Americans - 54 percent - disapprove of the health care law, 36 percent of Americans approve of it and 10 percent said they don't know about it," CBS continues. 38 percent of respondents thought ObamaCare would hurt them, while only 13 percent expected it to help them. And that's before the hardcore rationing under the IPAB death panels kicks in!
National Journal managed to keep the ObamaCare repeal numbers down to 42 percent in favor, 48 percent against... but only by asking a set of hilariously loaded poll questions:
Congress should keep the program to expand coverage because it's important to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance = 48 percent agree
Congress should repeal the program to expand coverage because the government can't afford it at a time of large budget deficits - 42 percent agree
How about "Congress should repeal the program because it's killing hundreds of thousands of full time jobs and replacing them with part-time work, it's going to blow the deficit into orbit, people will be dumped into unready public exchanges recently dubbed a 'train wreck' by one of ObamaCare's authors, and premiums are skyrocketing for middle-class Americans?" But no, it's "help the poor people who can't get insurance" versus "austerity." And austerity still got to 42 percent!
Do you think those poll numbers might move a bit if the respondents were told that Obama's going to blow $700 million of their money on ObamaCare propaganda? From the Associated Press:
It will make you stronger. It will give you peace of mind and make you feel like a winner. Health insurance is what the whole country has been talking about, so don???t be left out.
Sound like a sales pitch? Get ready for a lot more. As President Barack Obama???s health care law moves from theory to reality in the coming months, its success may hinge on whether the best minds in advertising can reach one of the hardest-to-find parts of the population: people without health coverage.
The campaign won???t come cheap: The total amount to be spent nationally on publicity, marketing and advertising will be at least $684 million, according to data compiled The Associated Press from federal and state sources.
A lot of that cash is going into straight-up money laundering schemes that will pump taxpayer dollars into liberal Democrat advocacy groups, in the finest tradition of "community organizing." And it's only the tip of the iceberg, because the government that can't handle a 2 percent reduction in spending without shutting down air traffic control towers is tucking $12.5 billion into a nice little ObamaCare slush fund that lasts forever, and can spend taxpayer money on anything the Administration wants, without congressional oversight. Let's tell people about that, and see what happens to support for repeal.
The Washington Post notes that support for ObamaCare is cratering among moderate Democrats. They registered 74 percent support when the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, but it's down to 46 percent now, which includes a dizzying 11 percent drop in just the past year. There's your growth opportunity, champions of repeal. Talk to these people, get a handle on the exact reasons their support for ObamaCare is dropping so rapidly, and get nervous Senate Democrats to think about how 2014 will look if they alienate moderate constituents by voting against repeal.
The ObamaCare repeal movement is growing with impressive speed. It's already polling higher than a lot of things we're told The People urgently demand. An explosion of job growth, plus real health care reforms that actually will reduce costs and improve access, are waiting on the other side of ObamaCare's demise. Obama likes to pretend that those who disagree with his bankrupt ideology are blind obstructionists with no plan of their own. Well, what's your plan for repealing ObamaCare, Mr. President? If you don't have one, you're just a blind obstructionist looking to thwart the will of the people.
Update: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells Bill Bennett he thinks "we'll have the best chance we've ever had to stop ObamaCare" in the next 67 days, by voting to defund it. He acknowledges that getting the necessary votes together will take some work. I suggest harping endlessly on the slush funds, money laundering, and public-exchange deficit bomb. As he mentions during the interview, Cruz has a petition at his website, www.tedcruz.org, to build public support for defunding ObamaCare.