Snitch #11: Dropping polls
And now...Saturday's letter.
Though you'd think after all of these someone.. somewhere would see fit to reply in some way.
From: Brendan Grant
Sent: Saturday, August 15, 2009 11:57 PM
Subject: Where are the legions of supporters?
We keep hearing at various town halls and press conferences that the American people want health
careinsurance reform and that the only people who oppose it are k-street lobbyists, insurance company executives, people who wish to destroy the presidency of the President, or those being bused in for Astroturfing by the first three groups... and yet a recent Rasmussen Reports poll (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/august_2009/54_say_passing_no_healthcare_reform_better_than_passing_congressional_plan) says that only 35% of polled likely voters think the current bill being worked on in congress... while another 54% think that not passing any kind of health care reform this year would be better than passing what is currently being proposed.
Why is this?
While those in the administration and the 35% are quick to claim that it is because of misinformation and astroturfing that people are turning away from reform... isn’t it more likely that a sizeable chunk of the 54% have read some portions of the bill and don’t like what they are seeing? Or perhaps are hearing what their elected officials are telling them and realizing it doesn’t jive with the bill?
2 weeks ago my very own congressmen Jay Inslee during a telephone ‘town hall’ (he’s so brave) said that illegal aliens would not be covered under the proposed legislation... and yet when an amendment was proposed to specifically exclude them... it was rejected by Democrats on the House Ways and Means committee (http://www.sodahead.com/blog/118927/closing-health-coverage-loophole-for-illegal-aliens-is-rejected/).
Is it not more likely that after all of this time, the American people are not buying what the president and his supporters are selling? His daily tracking numbers do seem to indicate that (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll).
Rather than try to act so fast and move in leaps and bounds... why not be more measured in your response. If there are in fact 46 million Americans who are uninsured (a routinely debunked number http://hotair.com/archives/2009/07/24/ramirez-meet-the-uninsured/), why not target those who are actually unable to get insurance specifically rather than try to change the entire system when the vast majority of Americans are happy with their coverage at present (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/august_2009/confidence_in_u_s_health_care_system_has_grown_in_recent_months).
I continue to wait for your reply,