During the summer of 2009 and the election in 2010 the GOP candidates were telling the American public they were going to repeal health insurance reform because that is what the American people wanted.
According to the right wing website “Freedomproject” on 3/16/2010, the minority leader Rep. John Boehner said, “They’re not listening.”
|BOEHNER: “Americans are screaming at the top of their lungs to STOP, and yet, Democrats here in Washington continue to forge ahead. Why? Because they’re not listening. …”[A]nybody who thinks they can sneak this bill through, ‘deem’ it all these other tricks, there’s no way to hide from the biggest vote that most members of Congress will ever cast. …”Republicans have been listening to the American people, and we’re going to continue to listen to the American people. But right now, we need Americans to stand with us to make sure that this bill never, ever, ever becomes law.”|
So according to Speaker Boehner, the American people have spoken and the Republican party will repeal the bill because that is what American families want.
Will the GOP listen to the American people if public opinion begins to sway toward keeping the bill? As the benefits of this bill begin to be felt and the American people actually see what is in the bill, the American people are changing their minds.
On December 29th, 2010 A poll conducted by CNN 43% of the American public are in favor of the bill and 50% oppose the bill.
At first glance you would tell me, see the American people do not want this government take over of health insurance. That is not the case though. Within that 50% opposed, 13% are opposed because the bill doesn’t go far enough. A grand total of 56% of Americans either want to keep the bill or make it stronger.
This is a far cry from an American people mandate opposing the government takeover that the GOP was promoting.
Fast forward to 2011, according to the associated press,
The poll finds that 40 percent of those surveyed said they support the law, while 41 percent oppose it. Just after the November congressional elections, opposition stood at 47 percent and support was 38 percent.
As for repeal, only about one in four say they want to do away with the law completely.
Among Republicans support for repeal has dropped sharply, from 61 percent after the elections to 49 percent now.
Also, 43 percent say they want the law changed so it does more to re-engineer the health care system. Fewer than one in five say it should be left as it is.
Opposition to the law remains strongest among Republicans. Seventy-one percent of them say they’re against it, as compared with 35 percent of independents and 19 percent of Democrats. Republicans won back control of the House partly on a promise to repeal what they dismissively term as “Obamacare.”
So with only approximately 25% of Americans wanting to repeal it, will the GOP honor the will of the people and not repeal it?
Will they take their own advice and “listen to the people” as John Boehner said? I doubt it. With the republican party it’s about ideology and wanting to see Obama fail, not about what is good for the American families.