FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Months after President Obama's health care reform became law, the White House is still hoping voters will learn to like it. This may be wishful thinking.
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David Axelrod, the president’s senior adviser, said on “Meet the Press,” "I think that health care, over time, is going to become more popular," adding that right now people are focused and anxious about the economy. Unless I missed something, health care costs are part of everyone's "personal economy."
The fact is the health care issue is so unpopular with voters that not a single Democratic candidate is promoting the law in their campaign ads. A recent Wall Street Journal column asked "Who's ObamaCare's Daddy?" It suggested that even liberals are now denying paternity of the law.
Some Republicans are vowing to repeal it if they gain control of Congress.
And it's not hard to find reasons why the president's signature issue is unpopular. During the long health care debate, the president told voters over and over the law would bring down rising health care costs and save them money.
So far, that's not happening. An analysis from Medicare shows health care costs will increase through 2019 as a result of the law.
Last week at his news conference, Obama seemed to back off a bit from his earlier claims, saying he never expected to extend insurance coverage to 31 million people "for free." The White House insists that over the long term costs will go down. But apparently not until costs go up some more.
Here’s my question to you: The White House says health care reform will become more popular. Do you agree?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Absolutely not. The health care bill is a flagrant display of what's wrong with our government – ignoring what the voters want. The majority of Americans disliked this bill, the majority still do, yet our legislators passed it under the idea of "they know what's best for us".
D. in Salisbury, North Carolina writes:
Until we have single payer/universal health care, we won't have any reform of any meaning. Nixon's HMOs now run the show and no one in Congress has the courage to slay the beast.
Jim in Reno, Nevada writes:
Jack, It certainly should. Once people see the benefits they receive thanks to health care reform and realize that the nonsense that was being spouted by conservatives like Sarah Palin was just...well...nonsense, I think they'll be delighted. Health care reform is destined to take its place alongside Social Security and Medicare as one of the finest and proudest pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress.
You would have to be a total idiot to believe the Democrats' health care plan was anything but a prelude to a single payer system. The concept is to drive the cost of private insurance higher due to benefit mandates and then have the government take over. It is socialized medicine and everyone will suffer from reduced care and higher costs if this program is not repealed.
It's something the liberals just can't figure out. For every service there is an expense and that expense has to come from somewhere. So much easier to spend someone else's money.
Vicky in Milwaukee writes:
As soon as those Tea Partiers need to use any benefits of the health care plan, they'll jump on it. Just like they don't turn their backs on Social Security, disability, Medicare, or Medicaid. I guess those who want small government just want it for other people.
Paul in Florida writes:
The ObamaCare scam is just unicorn ranches, pixie dust and wishing on a star rubbish. The only time our health care costs will go down is when our toes turn up.