Far from overreaching on health care reform, a plurality of the public thinks President Obama and Democrats have done too little to regulate the insurance industry, hold down costs and extend coverage, a new poll finds.
Forty-three percent of Americans said the health care bill goes “not far enough” in regulating health insurance companies, according to a new CBS survey released Monday evening. Just 18 percent deemed it “about right” and 27 percent thought it “go[es] to far.”
Thirty-nine percent said the legislation doesn’t achieve strong enough cost controls one of the leading goals of reform as opposed to 24 percent who believed it goes too far and 21 percent that are satisfied.
The public was also underwhelmed by the bill’s provisions to extend coverage. Thirty-five percent said its efforts aren’t strong enough, as opposed to 32 percent who believed it goes too far and 22 percent who were satisfied.
The study contradicts the common argument made by the Republican Party and some conservative Democrats that the bill forces too much change upon the American people.
This case was famously echoed by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) last month, compelling the Democratic leadership to scrap the public insurance option in a do-or-die effort to secure his vote.
In recent months, the popularity of the overall health care bill has notably dropped, with conservatives and moderates growing increasingly skeptical and liberals disenchanted with the jettisoning of major provisions.
But the public option has remained highly popular among the people — yet highly controversial in Congress — throughout the year. The day after the provision was scrapped from the Senate bill, a CBS poll found that six in ten Americans supported it.
The Senate bill that passed relies on a combination of federal subsidies and individual mandates to bring more people into the system. It also restricts private insurers from denying care to sick patients and those with pre-existing conditions.
The Congressional Budget Office says the legislation will insure an additional 30 million Americans, bringing the total covered to 94 percent of legal residents, as well as bend the cost curve and reduce the deficit by 2019.
The health care bill approved by the House of Representatives included a public plan, but it is widely believed that the final bill will exclude it.
The CBS poll also found that while a majority of the populace (54 percent) disapproves of President Obama’s handling of health care reform, the public was even more negative on Congressional Democrats (57 percent) and Congressional Republicans (61 percent) on the issue.
Fake Village People appear on SNL to tell Trump to stop using their music or they’ll shave Ivanka’s head
The fake Village People made a surprise appearance on "Saturday Night Live" to tell President Donald Trump to stop using their music at his rallies or they'll shave Ivanka Trump's head.
"If you have been watching the Trump rallies, you probably noticed Trump dancing to The Village People," said Colin Jost during the Weekend Update segment. "If you haven't, let's take a look."
He explained that the Village People had their own special message for the president. The group of SNL cast members came out dressed in traditional Village People outfits and sang their cease and desist for the president.
SNL does campaign ad asking what they’ll do without Trump to trash — then they have a revelation
"What is the news even going to be about now?" the Saturday Night Life cast joked, saying that without President Donald Trump.
The fake ad began saying that everyone knows it could be the most important election of our lives.
"And the two choices couldn't be more different," the ad continues. "Do we want four more years of Donald Trump or a fresh start with Joe Biden? Can we survive four more years of scandal, name-calling, and racial division? Or do we want a leader who unites the country? I want to vote for Biden because he's better, smarter. better and better."
But, the cast members confessed, "I'm worried, because if Donald Trump isn't president -- when what are they going to talk about? Like, what would our conversations even be? Because the only thing I talked about for four years is Donald Trump. Every single day I tell someone, 'Can you believe what Trump just said?' My entire personality is hating Donald Trump. If he's gone, what am I supposed to do? Focus on my kids again? No thanks. He changed the game. He called the attorney general he appointed mentally retarded. That's some next-level sh*t!"
Saturday Night Live’s Trump claims his secret COVID-19 plan is ‘under audit just like my taxes’
"Saturday Night Live" began this week's show with a recap of the presidential debate showing President Donald Trump confusing Kirsten Welker with Hoda Kotb, Mindy Lahiri, and at one point, even a waitress.
Alec Baldwin explained that the coronavirus loved him so much that it didn't want to leave his body because it was so beautiful.
He also explained that he couldn't share his coronavirus plan because it was still under audit like his taxes.
Jim Cary toned down his portrayal of Joe Biden from last week's over-the-top yell-fest.
"Learning to live with it? We're learning to die with it, man!" said the fake Biden, quoting the real Biden, but with a glint of Clint Eastwood.