Twenty two points. It’s not a typo.
According to a poll released by Fox News this week, 56 percent of voters say they would rather get rid of Obamacare and go back to the health care system that was in place in 2009, compared to only 34 percent who look forward to sticking with the law.
The left will shout that it’s a Fox News poll, must be biased. But two firms – one Republican, one Democratic, conducted the survey jointly. And the same Fox News in February found only a six point margin – with 48 percent wanting a return to 2009 versus 42 percent wanting to stick with Obamacare.
What’s more 53 percent said their health care situation will be worse under the new law, while only 26 percent said they think it’s going to be better.
Strange how rational Americans can be, saying “no” to Death Panels. Yes, Death Panels, what else to call the rationing that is inevitable when you try to provide more health care with the same resources?
I have two relatives over 75 who recently underwent successful hip replacements. You think under Obamacare they would have expensive hip surgery? No, they’d be told to take cheap generic pain killers for the rest of their days and live with any remaining pain the drugs can’t help.
Okay, so in this case not Death Panels. Pain Panels. Or maybe, Wish I Was Dead Panels.
And Americans are saying “no” to higher premiums, crummier care, job losses, higher deficits, and all the rest of what we’re finding out about now that we know what’s in the bill.
And yet, it’s hard to feel sorry for people. Obamacare was the president’s signature initiative, and he was reelected. Lots of Republicans stayed home. Not that the author of Romneycare could be trusted to do much about Obamacare, but as a political animal, Mitt Romney would have at least had some incentive since he’d surely have sought a second term.
Republicans have a huge opportunity here for political advantage heading into 2014 and then 2016. They plan to use it. But Republicans, as we know, have trouble executing plans.