The president's approval rating now has fallen below 50 percent. Also, Rasmussen polls now show more people strongly disapprove of Obama's policies than strongly approve. When the public knew little about his policies and intentions, about 30 percent more approved than disapproved. As the public learns more about his actions, his ratings decline.
The Congressional Budget Office recently priced his health-care plan at $1.3 trillion. Although Obama has promised tax increases on only the rich, it is becoming obvious that all of us will experience higher costs and/or taxes. Analysts at the Heritage Foundation projected that Americans would experience a higher tax rate than even Europeans if the health-care plan is signed. The extra taxes on those making more than $250,000 would force many small businesses to lay off workers, increasing unemployment.
We are now learning about long waits for appointments and care for those with universal care. We have heard about rationing and decreased quality under government-run plans. Many people now have health insurance from employers and want to maintain it. Obama keeps publicly proclaiming they will be able to keep their plans. Not true. Heritage reports that more than 83 million people now in private plans will be forced to switch to the government plan. Obama publicly denies this. Is he unaware of the key principles of the plan he so enthusiastically pushes? Or is he covering up? The cost will increase by $400 per participant per year.
Analysts now have found that the government plan will include coverage for about 12 million illegal immigrants. How will the public react when an elderly wife or mother is denied a heart operation because of rationing while illegal immigrants are getting coverage?
The president is trying to remake America. He is seeking to pass this and other damaging legislation (like cap and trade) before citizens learn about the changes that will negatively impact them - even before Congress knows the details.
Americans are waking up, not only on the health-care issue, but to other unacceptable issues.
Norris Rose, Durango