Majority oppose cutting funding for health care reform

By David Edwards
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:38 EDT
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A Republican plan to cut off funding for the Affordable Care Act isn’t very popular with the American people.

A recent CBS News poll found that 55 percent disapproved of the idea, and only 35 percent approved. The results were split along party lines. In all, 57 percent of Republicans supported defunding the reforms. Not surprisingly, 82 percent of Democrats disagreed with the plan to cut funding.

House Speaker John Boehner told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Monday that Republicans could use a “continuing resolution” funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year to stop the implementation of health care reform.

“I expect that there will be a lot of amendments, and there’s been a lot of discussion about that particular amendment,” he said.

“We’re going to do everything that we can in this bill to make sure there’s no money in Obamacare,” Boehner said. “Within the rules of debate, over a bill like this, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure there’s no money.”

Independent New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has predicted that the GOP will be successful in cutting funding for the law.

“I think the Republicans will unfund it,” he was recently seen telling the members of a mourning family.

“Having said that, you still need some solutions. And saying ‘no’ is not a solution. So I’m not — you know, some stuff I don’t like, but being against everything is mashugana as well,” Bloomberg added.

The poll showed that 44 percent of Americans were unsure of what the impact of the health care law will be even if it’s funded. Among Republicans, 23 percent said the law will make things worse, while 21 percent of Democrats predicted it would make the system better.

The CBS News survey also found that respondents were evenly split on who to trust about cutting the deficit. In all, 42 percent trusted Obama. The same number trusted the Republicans in Congress.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    Hmmm, facts.
    Doubt if this will actually have any impact on the corporate whores.
    Somehow they will turn this around to mean the complete opposite of what it truly does.

  • Anonymous

    Dump it!
    Then just tell the greedy insurance corporation to piss off, then pass single payer or just lower the age for Medicare.

    Screw those greedy middlemen, we don’t need them.

  • Anonymous

    Of course funding should NOT be cut for Health Care, particularly old-age care. The US is no better than a 3rd world banana republic when it comes to public option affordable health care. The new law may need improvement, but the baby should not be thrown out with the bath. My objection to the present GOPeeTeaparty-types is this: They’re all RePUKEliCUNT shitheads & really worthless, even clueless, in the state craft arena.

    I think the bastard SOB’s are out to destroy the US as a nation. So, everyone beware! This new gang of blowhard neocons have neither pride of ancestry or hope for posterity. They cannot be trusted!

  • Anonymous

    My feelings exactly! Fucking insurance companies are the problem. Real vampires. How do we get rid of them?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Hey! BONE-er I think a medical practice needs to be done on YOU. Circumcision…as in, CUT your head off! After 28 pieces of legislation alone to curtail healthcare reform, and you still pursue what the people don’t want, “repealing” reform. Go after what the people REALLY want, jobs and fixing the ECONOMY!!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YVBA25ZZJYN5C44WGILY6P4X34 Raven

    Medical treatment should be a basic human right. What kind of low life would bankrupt a family that just wants to save the life of another family member? How can our elected representatives stand to look at themselves in a mirror knowing that their greed ensures the deaths of other human beings? If the American for profit health insurance industry is capitalism. Then capitalism is a sick and twisted way to make money. I don’t think America can sink any lower.

  • Anonymous

    The good parts of that bill, will be diced and sliced away, and the public mandate will remain.

    Because of that bill, there is a very real danger, that Big Pharma, and the Big Insurers will have attained an iron grip on the American people. Not only will they have the illnesses insuring desperate purchasing of their overpriced premiums (often with deductibles so high, they can’t afford to get the medical care), but they will also have the public mandate forcing people to buy insurance under the force of federal law.

    With that bill, having almost no effective, and enforceable provisions to keep premiums down, the public mandate becomes a terrifying prospect for many, including myself.

    The reason, single payer was so censored from the media, and so censored in Congress, is that it makes perfect sense, and would be so easily implemented, since the US has one of the largest single payer systems in place already, called Medicare.

    The fraud in the Medicare system, aint the fault of that single payer system, but rather the lack of will in Congress, to hold the robber barons responsible for having visited fraud upon the system, by the for profit medical industry.

    Big Insurers could be completely sidestepped, by a low cost buy in for every citizen, in which the entire population is in the same risk pool. This amount, would be tiny compared to the premiums that these insurance companies extort against the misery of serious illness that eventually visits everyone.

    A group of doctors, have put together an outreach campaign, to try to advance, once again, HR676, that was prevented from even being debated by none other than, Nancy Pelosi, who just loves taking things “off the table”.

    Here is their website, that also has a pdf, of the complete text of that bill.


    Of course it hasn’t one whit of a chance to pass, but perhaps a Cairo style solution to that problem, might occur, if Americans realized how much more money, and freedom they would have in their lives, if they weren’t stuck in this absolutely sick and twisted system.

    The CBO estimates, given the bill that remains in tact, that by 2019, a full 5 years after full implementation of the provisions in the bill, still 23 Million Americans will not have any health insurance coverage. Of that amount, of course a lot of those will be children. Imagine all of those people, together in the same geographic vicinity, say a large city. I mean, it could be the size of a New York, Los Angeles, and a Chicago combined, give or take a few million.

    The point being, if that were the case, there would be millions in the streets demanding a change in the system in no time.

    And if you think, that only loosers don’t have insurance, then you must be a right winger, or a “progressive” who has lost their way.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    If its not very popular with the american people then remind them who they voted for in Nov 2010. Then remind them again in 2011 and 2012. Maybe just maybe if enough people get out and vote the republican party will join the likes of the Whig party .

  • Guest

    Again, DUH!!!!

    Let’s see. Most people who aren’t billionaires or politicians have a choice between:

    1) crappy, overpriced and unaffordable health insurance that only some people have access to, and few and fewer will be able to acquire or afford OR

    2) less crappy, less overpriced and slightly more affordable health care insurance that more and more people will have access to?

    Gee, I wonder what f*cking idiots would push the first? Oh, I know! The GOPuKKKes and their insurance industry allies!

    Now, let’s tell Obambi, your reelection is looking really dicey, so why don’t you do the proper thing and using the template of the current health insurance bill and start pushing for either Medicare for all or a public insurance option, either of which would allow the insurer to lower costs by substantial amounts, negotiate drug rates down, and cover everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Another useless piece of information. It’s not as if the ones in charge of running the show would notice much less care what the ~eeeew~ peasants think.

  • Anonymous

    Easy. Very easy. We all drop those damn useless, usury insurance policies at once each and every single one of them and we do it at once. When we get sick, we all flock to the emergency room till the lines wrap from NY to CA and back. You’ll see how fast the problem gets resolved.

  • Anonymous

    Great plan. Vote for the Democrats instead. They’re sooooo much better.

  • cannotvote

    Go for treatment then refuse to pay – if this is done for spurious ailments then a collapse will occur! Admittedly a last resort!

  • Anonymous

    I work for a filthy health insurance company and they are using health care reform as the excuse to cut many of the “peons” jobs all while hiring more and more very high dollar VP’s and Directors.

    That company is like a an upside down pyramid. All the big money is at the top.
    The gravy train isn’t going away.

  • Anonymous

    The good news here is that Obama was right that once people started seeing results from the health care bill it would be harder for Republicans to mess with it. What this poll seems to suggest is if the Republicans seek to defund health care, Obama can gain support by vetoing that proposal and sending them back to bring forward another budget, and since this health care bill is the only thing he seems to be clearly devoted to, it might be the only hope the rest of us have for his holding the Republicans accountable for anything.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    “Do you want to subsidize medical corporations, in the hope that you’ll receive cheaper care?”

    Here’s a real health care plan – nationalize the health care industry, the whole thing. Provide free public education for anyone who wants to study medicine, but make them all government employees. Doctors should NOT be making six figures, ever – to see these creeps get rich off the fact that the AMA keeps them scarce and supresses competition is just disgusting and should be illegal. Bugger “market” heath care.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Boehner, wouldn’t be so quick to act. I hear their might be some money in there for alcohol abuse treatment. Might come in handy some day.

  • Anonymous

    I hope everyone out there that voted for a return to republicanism are truly happy,for you have unleashed a monster.The anti-union movement is in overdrive in Ohio(my state) and Wisconsin.You folks that voted these people back in power are going to get a belly full in the next couple of years.The individuals that placed the republicans back in power have done a great disservice to the United States of America.As an example of what the people of Ohio voted to install as Governor,John Kasich was a budget director for George W. Bush.Does that send a signal to anyone out there??