Dumas: Obama’s health care program popular in Arkansas


President Obama’s Health Care Myth #3

Mississippi Center for Public Policy and The Federalist Society present: Is ObamaCare Good for Patients, Doctors, Employers, & State Budgets? (What kind of affect will Obamacare have on local state governments?)

I got to talk to Rex Nelson the other day on Bill Vickery’s show the Sunday Buzz. He remember back in August of 2010 when I introduced him to Sherwood Haisty down at the Grady Fish Fry. Mr. Haisty has been involved with the Fish Fry since 1970 and many of his relatives have been all 55 of them. (Rex wrote on this too.)

I told Rex that is funny the way the politicians all say the same thing during the fish fry. They come up to you and say, “I can see that you are enjoying your fish and I would hate to interrupt that…” Then they go ahead and interrupt your meal.

It is a great experience to see all the politicians, and this year Mark Pryor can and visited with me. I just did not have the heart to say what I really wanted to. “Mark, do you see the political climate changing in Arkansas? Are you going to continue to support liberal ideas like Obamacare?” I have written on this before.

On July 8, 2010 Ernie Dumas wrote the article “Health law gains acceptance in Arkansas: There is a lot to like, including cash infusion for state” which was published by the Arkansas Times.

Dumas wrongly believes that President Obama’s Health Care Reform Act is popular with the people of Arkansas. Since Arkansas has voted as a red state the last two presidential elections, you would think that Fox News Poll would accurately reflect the views of Arkansans.

On September 17, 2009 just a few months before the healthcare vote this article was released, “Fox News Poll: Americans Prefer Current System to Obama’s Health Care Plan.” Here is a portion of that article below:

Most Americans see no upside for their family in the health care reforms being considered in Washington and don’t believe President Obama when he says his plan won’t add “one dime” to the federal deficit. The majority of Americans believe they will have to make changes to their health care coverage if the president’s plan is passed.

These are just some of the findings of a new FOX News poll released Thursday.

More Americans would rather Congress do nothing than pass Obama’s plan: 46 percent to 37 percent of people polled say they prefer the current health care system to the one the president has proposed.

Similarly, more people oppose — 48 percent — the health care reform legislation being considered right now than favor it — 38 percent. While most Democrats — 65 percent — favor the reforms, majorities of Republicans — 79 percent — and independents (55 percent) oppose them.

This is not surprising given less than one in four Americans (22 percent) think they would be better off under the reforms, and many (60 percent) think they will probably have to make changes to their health coverage despite Obama’s assurances that they will not have to. In addition, a sizable majority (67 percent) thinks the president’s plan will increase the national deficit.

Michael F. Cannon wrote an excellent article (“Obama’s Health Care Myths Exposed,” AOL News, March 17, 2010) exposing the myths of President Obama’s heath care reform act.  I will be sharing portions of over the next few days.

Myth: The public wants this legislation.

Polls that ask whether respondents like the legislation’s supposed benefits (e.g., reduced insurance premiums for the sick) without asking about the corresponding costs (higher premiums for the healthy, insurers denying care to the sick) are meaningless.

The public has consistently expressed its intense opposition to the Obama plan for eight solid months. Democratic pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen note that “four-fifths of those who oppose the plan strongly oppose it … while only half of those who support the plan do so strongly.” A small, radical, left-wing minority is foisting this legislation on an unwilling public.

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