In the face of opinion polls showing the American public divided about the healthcare law, Obama and fellow Democrats are mounting an aggressive effort to gain credit for passage of the overhaul and to put Republicans on the defensive.Don't worry. We know who passed it, and most of us aren't likely to forget any time soon.
Republicans, who unanimously opposed the bill, have vowed to make repealing it a major issue in congressional elections in November.*insert bitter laugh here*
"Well, I say go for it," Obama said, goading his critics. "If these congressmen in Washington want to come here to Iowa and tell small business owners that they plan to take away their tax credits and essentially raise their taxes, be my guest."
I think many small business owners see through those "tax credits". . . and really, Mr. President, should you be the one admonishing others for taking away tax cuts and raising taxes? It seems unwise. . .
Obama acknowledged the bill was "not perfect". . .
Very generous of him to admit it.
Looking relaxed and upbeat, he mocked Republicans for acting as if the bill would lead to "Armageddon."I don't know what to say to that. Let's start with an extreme eye-roll, shall we? Then we'll just mention that it wasn't just the Republicans who
"After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth," Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and "birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall."
Oh, and dude, ease back on the "folks" stuff, will ya? Please? I'd consider it a personal favor. (Seems like he says it every time he refers to the people of this nation, and I for one do not find it charming. It's just annoying-- more so than "nucular" ever was.)
Support for the law seems to be growing, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University on Thursday. Before the House passed the bill, 54 percent of Americans surveyed disapproved of it, while 36 percent supported it, the poll found. After the vote, the disapproval rating dropped to 49 percent versus 40 percent.Possibly this is because (sad as it is) people are not so well-informed as they should be-- especially when the administration and the media are spoon-feeding them jam-- and jam without the pill in it-- yet. How will they feel about it when it actually goes into full effect? That remains to be seen, and we'll have to wait quite a while to see, since those who put it into place took care to postpone as many as possible of the negative "side effects" of the bill. (Wouldn't want a multitude of disillusioned citizens to vote them out of power in November of this year or 2012! That would not suit them at all.)
(I'm probably preaching to the choir, here, but I thought these points might be worth looking back at, someday. They deserve at least a mention. . .)