What America Wants   6 comments

The majority of Americans do not necessarily know what they want. They have opinions on specific issues, but they haven’t thought about how those issues work together or the ultimate outcome of some of those opinions. This lack of serious thought about our national condition explains the current public opinion on defunding ObamaCare by tying it to the budget.

Americans still overwhelmingly HATE ObamaCare. I know, NPR says we don’t want it defunded per a Hart-McInturff survey, but let’s look at this clearly. HM Polls surveyed 800 Americans. I checked out the poll, which is questionable given the small sample size and the results were that the tiny little fraction of Americans surveyed didn’t want a government shutdown in order to defund ObamaCare. They found that 59% oppose defunding ObamaCare if it means a government shutdown and 44% oppose defunding ObamaCare under any circumstances. I found those numbers suspect, mainly because 800 people do not speak for 330 million.

So, I went over to Rasmussen, which typically surveys larger slices of the population to insure accuracy, and found a clear picture.

Most voters still don’t like the ACA and inspect it to increase, not reduce, health care costs. That’s 53% of those polled view it unfavorably, with 38% viewing it very unfavorably. Fifty-six percent favor delaying the individual mandate and 53% think the ACA will increase the deficit.

Forty-two percent of Republic-affiliated voters favor using the shutdown strategy to stop funding the ACA. At the same time, 56% of those polled think a government shutdown would be bad for the economy, even though payments for things like Social Security, Medicare and unemployment continued.

Interestingly 58% favor a federal budget that cuts spending. This might explain why 53% overall favor a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut. Fifty-one percent (51%) favor having a partial government shut down until the two major parties agree on what spending for the health care law to cut.

So what we’ve learned here is that polls can be manipulated and that pundits will draw the conclusion they want from the polls and that the American people know what they don’t like, but they aren’t willing to do what it takes to fix things.

I don’t really care which party is “hurt” by this battle. I think tough choices need to be made and if I vote for a major party candidate in the future, it will be the candidates who voted to defund ObamaCare. I don’t fear a government “shutdown” because it’s a misnomer. The military will still get paid and entitlement checks will still go out.

Denali National Park is closing for the winter anyway, so what do I care if the Parks Service is furloughed?

And, that’s really the important thing to recognize. Most of the services that will be affected by a shut down are non-essentials like the Smithsonian Museums and the national parks. So what if you can’t go to them for a few weeks? Compared to the future ObamaCare will visit upon us all, that’s a small price to pay.

6 responses to “What America Wants

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  1. Completely agree.

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    • What I find amazing is that people generally know what’s needed to fix the government and they even know that reducing government spending will improve the economy, but then they do this schizophrenic thing where they want government programs cut, but they don’t want cuts to the government programs they like.

      Although Congress needs to be tossed out on its collective ear for how they have mismanaged the budget and forced ObamaCare down our throats, this is not completely their fault. We the people had a really big role in making this mess and ultimately, if the mess can be remedied, we the people will need to be the ones leading the charge.

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      • Exactly, although we the people seem to be rather apathetic… hence the reelection year after year of the same tired old representatives with the same tired policies.

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      • Oh, yeah! I’ve been mostly anti-encumbent for several years now. Unless a politician has been truly exemplary of my ideals in his term of office, I say he ought to go home and spend some time with the real people before he considers running for office again.

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  2. So, what happens if Obamacare succeeds at bringing more health care to more Americans at lower costs and most people love it?

    I say this as someone with serious reservations about Obamacare, since it doesn’t do nearly enough to snuff out the beast that created this entire healthcare crisis, private health insurance. In many ways it’s a handout to private insurance companies instead of a hand up for the uninsured, but it also does many inarguably good things to help keep Americans covered with better care. It’s just gimped by all the monied interests that simultaneously keeps these politicians in power and keeps them from being able to make decisions for the people, not the corporation.

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    • Oh, Brandon, you stand so close to some truths they could topple over on your head and crush you.

      Since the 2009 push for ObamaCare until today, a majority of the electorate has consistently polled as very much HATING ObamaCare, so I don’t think people are going to love it. Health insurance does NOT bring more health care to people. More doctors and affordable medical care rates might do that, but it’s been my experience that insurance premiums are a drain on my resources and actually make health care less affordable. If I had the hundreds of dollars I spend on premiums in a savings account instead, I could go to the doctor, but since I have no money that isn’t already being used to pay bills, I only go to the doctor when I can’t treat my illnesses myself. Copays and deductibles aren’t going away, so as premiums increase (and they will), my ability to pay for a doctor is actually diminished by paying for health insurance. What’s to like about that?

      Having chosen to be uninsured for several years early in my marriage, I recognize that a catastrophic insurance policy and money in the bank is a whole lot better than a mandated comprehensive insurance policy I can’t afford to use.

      I also know several people who come from countries with so-called universal health care. They all tell me that you wait in line for health care in their home country, you see the equivalent of a PA, and if you need anything more pressing than an antibiotic, you will wait years to see a specialist and then be told you don’t qualify for the treatment. I have a friend from England who brought her mum to America for cancer treatment because she was passed some magic birthday that the NHS says she wasn’t a good candidate for a full recovery. It’s been almost a decade now and mum is doing well. I have a Canadian friend who first came here for shoulder surgery after the Canadian health service told her that her profession did not require her to do heavy lifting, so she didn’t qualify for pain-free movement. My cousin the neurologist tells me that most European countries he’s traveled to have what we Americans would call nursing homes for those “recovering” from strokes, etc. They don’t receive actual rehabilitation in these centers and consequently, they tend to have much worse long-term outcomes. But, hey, you don’t necessarily pay for it, so … no, I’d still rather pay for cancer treatment, shoulder surgery and rehabilitation and actually be able to get them. My friends agreed. They paid cash for the American medical treatment and didn’t go bankrupt and are glad for what they got.

      Health insurance that doesn’t allow you to access care is sort of like a placebo without the calming affect.

      I do somewhat agree with you about those monied interests, but I think they’re the ones who provide the “koolaid” that insists you have to have comprehensive health insurance in order to have health care.

      And, I beg to differ. It’s not “monied interests” that keep voting incumbents back into office after they institute legislation that we object to. All money can do is buy advertising to try and sway weak-minded people into voting for candidates who promise to do what we want. WE the PEOPLE are the idiots who keep voting that way. When 80% of the people in Congress are incumbents, but they have a 30% approval rating, you have to wonder … are WE the PEOPLE even qualified to vote given our demonstrable electoral lunacy?

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