In the aftermath of the House’s vote on Obamacare, the Democrats and their media enablers have been furiously promoting the idea that now that government medicine has become law, voters who have hated it until now will start to come around. Perhaps so. After a few weeks we can look at the polls and see where they have come to rest, at least for the time being.
Meanwhile, though, there are strong indications that opposition to Obamacare isn’t going away just because the bill has passed. The most striking such indication, to me, is this finding by Scott Rasmussen: by a 54-36 percent margin, Florida voters favor suing the federal government to advance the claim that Obamacare is unconstitutional. 54-36?? I can’t think of any precedent for this level of hostility to newly-enacted legislation. And Obama carried Florida, too. It’s early, obviously, but he shouldn’t hold out a lot of hope for repeating that win in 2012.
Despite a lot of cheerful talk in the press, the Democrats are implicitly admitting that House members who voted for government medicine are in trouble. A little while ago DNC Chairman Tim Kaine emailed the party faithful to solicit funds for November. The email said, in part:
On Sunday night, many Congressional Democrats in tough districts cast courageous votes for health reform — even though they knew that insurance companies and their Republican allies would retaliate immediately.
Well, the attacks are here. Shameful, negative ads have already hit the airwaves. Democratic offices have been vandalized. Republicans are promising to repeal reform and smearing those who supported it.
But we’re ready to do what it takes to defend the heroes who made health reform possible.
These are the men and women who stood with us and the President to make good on a promise that our Party has fought to deliver for a century. And we will not leave them hanging out to dry.
Please chip in $5 or more to defend those in Congress who fought to make health reform possible?
If the American people are growing fond of Obamacare, then why are those who voted for it “heroes” who cast “courageous votes” and desperately need more funding lest they be “hung out to dry”?