The Obamacare program’s flagship website is so error-prone and user-unfriendly that Consumer Reports magazine has thrown up its hands in disgust, advising readers to ‘stay away from Healthcare.gov for at least another month if you can.’
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A new poll conducted by CNN and ORC makes it appear as if Speaker Boehner should be fired along with the entire Republican party, and that Barack Obama has won a glorious victory including ever-increasing popularity with Obamacare. (http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2013/images/10/21/rel12a.pdf.) DON’T BELIEVE IT!!!!
The suck-up media is bound for the next few days to tout these poll results. Talking heads on TV and radio will be doing their part for the Regime to convince you and me that it’s over for the Teaparty, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and the rest of us who believe in real freedom and liberty from the oppression of Obamacare and the socialists attempting control over our government.
Here is why I say DON’T BELIEVE THESE POLLS: public opinion polls are not meant to educate or elucidate!!! Public opinion polls are meant for only one thing – PROPAGANDA!!!! I know from my own experience working in the public opinion polling business that polls are taken over and over again with sample respondents UNTIL they obtain the results that the pollster is paid to get.
Ask yourself this question: when was the last time YOU were polled on political issues? If you are conservative or have religious right views, your answer may be never, or seldom. If you have been called for a political poll at all, it was probably very short – one or two questions – and as soon as they find out you have views that are not progressive or liberal, they thank you and hang up.
Just because a poll is conducted by CNN or Gallup or any of the other polling outfits does not mean that they come up with the poll themselves. Usually, they don’t because if they did, there is no money in it for them. These polls are PAID FOR BY POLITICAL PARTIES OR POLITICIANS. They HIRE credible-sounding outfits like CNN to gather the results they want. Again, NOT to inform the public, but instead to manipulate the public, especially at the ballot box.
Republicans don’t necessarily do public opinion polling (although they are usually the target). You and I both know the party that is poll crazy (just remember the Bill Clinton days).
Right now, Obama and the Dems are doing anything they can think of to try and rescue the failing Regime and Obamacare. If polls can convince you that Conservatives and the Teaparty are a lost cause, and stop you for going to the voting booth in 2014, then they will have victory. But just be aware that not all you read in poll results or hear from the media talking heads (including GOP pundits like Karl Rove) is true. And remember that there are those forces trying to steer you away from voting by manipulating public opinion.
- The Morning Plum: Don’t squander your shutdown gains, Dems (washingtonpost.com)
- CNN poll: Obamacare more popular than Republicans (dailykos.com)
- Surprise! Obamacare is Actually Fairly Popular (motherjones.com)
- Ted Cruz antics hurt Ken Cuccinelli (fearofwater.wordpress.com)
- CNN poll: GOP, Boehner take big hit in post-shutdown fallout (cnn.com)
- National Polling Data Just Released Shows That Obamacare Is More… (prweb.com)
- Obama lashes Republicans as government reopens (bigstory.ap.org)
- The Polls Driving GOP Surrender Are Unscientific Garbage (pjmedia.com)
- Steve King: Shutdown Worth It for Drawing Out ‘Good, Strong’ Conservatives (pjmedia.com)
- Poll: Congress approval at 10 percent (wptv.com)
Here’s the text for the reconciliation amendment for the h.c. bill:
Sunday is projected to be the big day. But will this amendment be what they’ll be voting on (153 pages) or will it be the plus-2,000-page monstrosity Senate version?
As of now, Pelosi hasn’t met the 116 votes needed for passage but the situation is changing back and forth as House members switch from yes to no and vice versa.
“After careful discussions with the President and Speaker Pelosi,” Dennis Kucinich explained, “I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation” thereby pretty much sealing the deal for Obama care.
The Ohio Democrat, who is as liberal as they get, spells a key victory for Obama who rode Kucinich aboard Air Force One on Monday for a town hall in Ohio.
Kucinich had been opposed to Obamacare because it contained no strong public option; he has been, and still is, an advocate for single-payer universal healthcare similar to European models.
Saying that “I do not retract those criticisms, I have doubts about the bill,” Kucinich explained that “the President’s visit to my district underscored the urgency” of the healthcare crisis.
Kucinich’s district in the Cleveland area has been hit very hard economically; his district office, he said doubles as a “social service” center where he intervenes to help constituents who have become unemployed and lost their healthcare.
“I understand the connection between poverty and healthcare…Health and healthcare is personal for each one of us,” Kucinich said defending his change of heart.
It will be interesting to watch how this affects Kucinich, his political career, his district, and Ohio in general. Wonder what Obama really offered him aboard the Presidential plane?
It appears that the plan by President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ram the Senate’s version of ObamaCare through the Democrat-majority House is falling apart just one day after Obama commanded Democrats to get it done.
In addition to “dozens” of Democrats who object to the latest Obamacare because of its lack of solid anti-abortion language, Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, the liberally-minded representative from Ohio, says he will vote “no” if the bill comes to the House floor, according to Fox News.
Kucinich, who voted no on the earlier House version of Obamacare, told Fox that he believes “health care is a basic right” and “not a privilege that you get from the benevolence of the insurance companies.”
When asked if “the bill isn’t liberal enough” to win his approval, Kucinich quickly shot off “I’m a centrist.”
Obama has invited Kucinich to the White House to discuss the legislation. When pressured by the interviewer as to whether Obama could say or do anything to convince him to change his vote (and what, if anything, that would be), Kucinich said, “I’m honored that the President wants to meet with me” but he added, “I didn’t say I would change my vote, I will just hear what he wants to say.”
Congressman Bart Stupak (D – Michigan) and several other House Democrats already have said that they will vote no if and when the Senate version comes to the House floor. Stupak co-authored, along with Representative Joe Pitts (R – Pennsylvania) the “Stupak Amendment” in the earlier House version which prohibited, in clear language, the use of Federal funds to perform abortions. Obamacare passed the House only because that language was in it.
The Senate, on the other hand, namely Leader Harry Reid (D – Nevada), removed the Stupak Amendment which has become an issue of contention now between both houses of Congress. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D – Maryland) has been trying to reassure House Dems that the bill still will prohibit federal dollars from going to abortions, but House members aren’t buying it. Their qualms about the Senate version have validity, especially after the President laid out his personal preferences for h.c. reform, agreeing with the Senate bill, which allows Federal funding for women’s community healthcare clinics which often perform abortions.
The Washington Post is reporting that a White House advisor says President Obama is in favor of Budget Reconciliation to get the Senate’s version of healthcare reform passed into law and that they believe they have the votes to do it.
Budget Reconciliation is a complicated procedure that, if it’s successful, will only require a simple majority to pass. It is often referred to as the “nuclear option” because it sidesteps any attempts to filibuster or block passage from anyone who opposes the legislation. Budget Reconciliation has been used 22 times and is generally frowned upon because it is a last-ditch, desperate tactic. It has never been used for legislation that would profoundly change our system – as this healthcare legislation would.
Obama is acting tough now because his agenda has been met with increasing disapproval. But why the tough act over such a lousy piece of legislation that’s over 2,000 pages?
Wouldn’t it be easier to just start over again, like for instance, writing legislation for a single payer system?
Recall that back during the campaign, Candidate Obama was all for single-payer – at least that’s what he claimed back then in order to win lots of votes!
Recall also that President Obama, at the beginning of this healthcare reform ordeal, told us that single-payer is off the table because it could not muster the super majority votes of 60 in the Senate to attain passage.
Okay, we accepted that reasoning at that time.
But now, the monster 2,000-plus-page giveaway to the corporate health insurance industry, with no public option, with unprecedented mandates requiring every American to purchase a private insurance policy or be fined or jailed – well that’s not winning the necessary votes either. And Obama wants to use the “nuclear option” to ram it through anyway!
President Obama, with all due respect, why not use the Budget Reconciliation option to instead ram a single-payer system through? It would be a lot more fair to lot more Americans.
Is it just me? Or did anyone else see the pretentiousness in Obama’s face as he sat, restless and talking to others , while only appearing to listen to the Republicans when he knew the cameras were on him?
Today’s healthcare summit is a desperate, last-chance attempt to convince us that Obama knows what he’s doing.
Obama’s lack of sincerity was obvious in his behavior which he couldn’t hide from the cameras. He cut off Republicans to go instead to Democrats who favor his agenda. The worst moment was his petty response to former rival Senator John McCain; he sounded like a catty schoolgirl! McCain, on the other hand, was big about it and just laughed the incident off.
If Obama was sincere about working with all sides – something he touted in the campaign – then this summit should have happened at the BEGINNING of reforming healthcare, not now as a last-ditch effort.
The 2,400-page monster bill will profoundly change American life as we know it if it does become law. Every American will be forced to purchase a private insurance product under penalty of fine and even jail. Forcing citizens to buy products is something that has never been done before and will set up a dangerous precedent; the government will then be able to force us to buy anything, anytime, to spur the economy or certain industries.
Former Senator Alan Simpson, on Fox’s Cavuto, has the right idea about this mad rush to healthcare reform; it’s all about the “entitlements” which are going belly-up. It’s not about the sob stories or the fear tactics, but more about saving the economy. Medicaid and Medicare are bankrupting the nation and will not be sustainable in a few years. The real reform, as Simpson explained, concerns making hard changes in these entitlement programs – something that Obama and the Dems siding in with him are not willing to do.
Upon closing today’s summit, Obama made good on his threat that he’ll shove this bill down our throats if need be; proving that his “bipartisan” summit was nothing more than political theater. He gave the Republicans, and resisting Democrats, a matter of “weeks” to come up with something on his desk. If not, he’ll take his own “actions” and, if we don’t like it, Obama finished by saying “that’s what elections are for.”
While the President, Pelosi, and other Progressive Dems say that they are willing to listen to ideas, their actions show that’s not the case. They are shutting out debate and discussion as they desperately try to ram their agenda through.
New Jersey Representative Rush Holt grabbed the microphone away from a constituent who questioned Obamacare. Rhoda Chodesh, a New Jersey resident, wanted clarification to her question which Holt was trying to skirt around.
Chodesh, who appeared today on Neil Cavuto, said that she originally comes from Canada and has seen problems associated with government-run healthcare.
Greta did an in-depth inquiry, last night, into how the Dems may try to shove Obamacare through on the sly in the event that the Republican wins in Massachusetts. The fact, as her guest pointed out, that Harry Reid and his party are still even thinking about ways to pass this monstrosity is indicative of how out of touch the Democrats are and why they should all be voted out!
This Massachusetts seat was a given for the Democrats – in their control for 58 years! – and that it is now up for grabs is proof that Americans, including those in “blue” states, are unhappy with the current set of lawmakers. Voters have numerous concerns about Democrat Martha Coakley, but the main issue, according to polls and interviews, is a protest against and refusal of how the Democrats have handled healthcare reform.
Even if Republican Scott Brown loses today, Democrats in the House and Senate should take heed if they care about keeping their seats. Instead of caving into pressure from the White House and special interests, they should open up to what the voters, their employers, want, if they want to keep their jobs!