New Quinnipiac University national poll released today shows
- 57 – 37 percent of voters say health care reform should be dropped if it adds “significantly” to the deficit.
- By a 72 – 21 percent margin, voters do not believe that President Barack Obama will keep his promise to overhaul the health care system without adding to the deficit.
The following are just a sample of the reaction of the democrats to those protesting the health care/insurace reform, and just a sample of what you see on MSNBC. Not too many people watch MSNBC, but I have been holding my nose to watch it. It is an eyeopening experience. I included below just an excerpt of the Rachel Maddow show last night and also the reactions of some of the democrats to the protests over the weekend.
From Harry Reid yesterday: “However, they also had a warning for the rowdy crowds at some congressional events around the country, where protesters have complained about health care initiatives.
“In spite of the loud, shrill voices trying to interrupt town hall meetings and just throw a monkey wrench into everything, we’re going to be positive and work hard,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after the meeting.
From the White House: The White House on Tuesday dismissed protests against President Obama’s health care reforms in multiple states over the weekend as “manufactured anger.”
(American voters disapprove 52 – 39 percent of the way President Obama is handling health care.)
This from the White House blog by Macon Phillips: There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to – a White House.gov email address.
Rachel Maddow proclaims: As we said last night, this is not spontaneous. What we are seeing at these health care events, this is not grassroots. This is a scripted phenomenon.
From Lloyd Doggett, D/Texas on the Rachel Maddow show: Doggett: No, nothing surprises me about these people. They’ll do anything they can to block health care reform just as they have for six decades. You know, it really shows how desperate they are. They use all of these bumper sticker slogans like, “throw mama from the train,” because I guess the one that they’re really all about, which is: have you hugged your health insurer today? That just won’t sell with the American people.
So, they use these tactics, inflate their numbers. You know, these memos you referred to talk about inflating your numbers, spreading out your numbers. That’s because they’re under-numbered…..
Chris Hayes from The Nation on the Rachel Maddow show: And I think that you’re already seeing that DNC and other people sending the message out showing the signs of swastikas that are showing up at these rallies. The images of Stalin, the screaming, the sort of red-face spittle-flecked anger that is coming out in these town halls to show that, look, this is isn’t just, you know, some kind of middle of the road, undecided independent voter who’s having some reservations about the possible cost of the health care bill.
These are radicals. These are extremists. These are zealots. And as someone who palled around with radicals, zealots and extremists, there’s nothing wrong with that. They should just be called out for what they are.
Here’s the problem: the people have written, they have called, they have asked time and time again but our government remains non-responsive. Unfortunately, we are still being ignored and now not only ignored but insulted and ridiculed.
These are voters you are seeing, and we are pissed. No longer are we going to accept some canned answer or some excuse about how long the bill is so it can’t be read. I heard Ms. Sebelius say that how can they read a bill that hasn’t been written yet. What? And then when it is written, it is forced to a vote in a day and nobody has any time to protest it at that point. So, we will be heard, it may be at a town hall meeting, it may be at the voting booth. But we will be heard.