We’re winning folks! Keep up the fight!
UPDATE–White House says Sebelius misspoke. Public option not off the table!!
Last month we saw a precipitous decline in the President’s poll numbers as he tirelessly pushed to sell his health care plan. That was the first sign of his vulnerability on the issue. Until then, with the Democrats in the majority in both houses of Congress, Obama had seemed almost politically invincible. But now we see the once mighty falling.
When Senator Jim Demint (R-SC) commented this could be Obama’s Waterloo, the President and liberals wailed. But whining that Republicans were out to get him didn’t do much good. When polls began to show public support for his plan began to waver, he swung into full campaign mode to turn the tide. It seems he’s lost his appeal to the American populace, because it didn’t work. When conservatives exercised their 1st Amendment rights at town hall meetings across the country, Obama through his lackeys attacked them as un-American and encouraged liberal acolytes to collect names and turn them into the White House. These tactics backfired too.
Yesterday, the President’s approval rating among likely voters Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll fell to its lowest point of his term, 47%. The 52% who disapprove of his job performance include 41% who strongly disapprove, the highest since Obama took office.
Yesterday, we had the strongest signal yet that our efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius indicated the administration may be willing to drop the public option–the controversial government-run health insurance plan. Democratic Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) also said the votes aren’t there for a public option and it should be taken off the table. This is huge since Obama has publicly stated that no reform without such a plan will receive his support. We now have the administration retreating from one of their most heavily defended positions in this battle!
But now is not the time for us to let down our guard. Remember, even if the Senate passes a bill without a public option, the Senate and House bills must be merged. It’s at this stage we’ll have to be on guard for a flanking maneuver by Democrats. We must continue to press and press hard against every controversial part of this bill.
It may also be time to attack from a different angle. Now that we have the momentum, it might be time to start forcing our demands into the debate. We might begin to demand things like allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, tort, reform, equal tax treatment for individuals who purchase their own insurance, and more.
Whatever we do, let’s keep fighting the good fight. It’s working!