August 6, 2009

Light blogging for a while

Off to a music camp. Back in a few days. Talk about healthcare reform while I am gone. One of my conservative friends claims that Obama is "ramming" healthcare down the American people's throat. Discuss.


LB said...

I think there's some truth to the idea that Obama is "ramming" healthcare down America's throats. According to a variety of polls, only about 1/3 of Americans currently approve of the way Obama has handeled health-care. About 40-50% disapprove. At a minimum those numbers suggest something is wrong with the way Obama is doing things.

gblackwell said...

I know it's ridiculous right? I mean, before you know it he'll be ramming an end to an unjustifiable war in Iraq, reasonable limits on executive power, and America's return to a place of respect and leadership on the world stage down my throat too. Shessh. The nerve of this guy.

But on a positive note, at least all these sore-throated people will beable to get reasonably priced treatment when he's done. :)

leighton said...


What the approval/disapproval polls aren't good about showing is the reason for the disapproval. I'm in the "disapprove" category, and it's not because I'm not sold on the idea of reform--it's because I don't think the White House and Congress are going far enough to remove the influence of industry lobbyists from the legislative process. While on the surface it might seem interesting that so many would register some generic disapproval of the process, I think it's actually useless to pretend there's common ground on this issue between people who don't want reform and who want the reformers to go further.

Tyrone said...

If obama and the damnocrats wanted to do it right, there is no need to rush into anything. Their insisting it must be done in a hurry reminds me of the "stimulus" bill and the bank bail out. Rushing into those things certainly proved to be stupid. Since I know what they are, I don't trust them.

Monk-in-Training said...

According to a new CNN poll:

The results indicate a generational divide.

"Obama's plan is most popular among younger Americans and least popular among senior citizens," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "A majority of Americans over the age of 50 oppose Obama's plan; a majority of those under 50 support it."

From my viewpoint that seems pretty accurate.

steves said...

I share some of Leighton's concerns. If you look at the numbers, the health care industry has been busy. I'd like to see some reform, but I'd like to see more thought than was put into TARP and some of the other massive spending packages.

I mean, before you know it he'll be ramming...reasonable limits on executive power

I'd like to see this, but instead I have seen a continuation of some of the more onerous programs from Bush.