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Gallup Poll on Government Healthcare Guarantee

Not a good sign with ObamaCare implementation due by 2014.

For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans’ views have become more divided in recent years.

The shift away from the view that the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all began shortly after President Barack Obama’s election and has continued the past several years during the discussions and ultimate passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010. Americans are divided on that legislation today — 48% approve and 45% disapprove — as they have been over the last several years.

Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are mostly responsible for the drop since 2007 in Americans’ support for government ensuring universal health coverage. In 2007, 38% of Republicans thought the government should do so; now, 12% do. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners there has been a much smaller drop, from 81% saying the government should make sure all Americans are covered in 2007 to 71% now.

One thing that has not changed is that Americans still widely prefer a system based on private insurance to one run by the government. Currently, 57% prefer a private system and 36% a government-run system, essentially the same as in 2010 and 2011. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the percentage of Americans in favor of a government-run system ranged from 32% to 41%.

I think folks see that the costs will be tremendous and the government healthcare system bureaucratic and intrusive.

America continues as a right-center country where self-reliance is more innate than not.

Redistribution is not the American way and that is reflected in this poll.

Over the next few years, the U.S. healthcare system will undergo significant changes as more parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect. To date, the passage of the law has not led to a major transformation in U.S. healthcare attitudes, apart from the shift away from the view that the government should ensure all Americans have healthcare.

However, this year’s Health and Healthcare poll could signal the beginning of somewhat less negative views of the U.S. healthcare system. Americans have always been positive about the quality of healthcare they receive. Though they remain more negative than positive about healthcare coverage, Americans’ opinions are trending toward a more positive view of health coverage. Americans remain broadly dissatisfied with U.S. healthcare costs, and it is unclear at this point whether the healthcare reforms will significantly reduce U.S. healthcare costs once the law is fully implemented.

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Alaska Senator Mark Begich

Democrat Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich

The U.S. Senate election of 2014 looks favorable for the GOP.


After losing two seats, newly-minted NRSC chairman Jerry Moran now needs to net six seats to win back control of the Senate.  The formula is simple, but challenging: Win six of the 7 Democratic-held seats in states Romney carried (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia), or expand their wiggle room by ousting a vulnerable Democrat like Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. Republicans hardly face any exposure: Even with prospective primary challenges, only Maine Sen. Susan Collins is even remotely at risk this cycle against a Democrat.  All told, the 2014 map is even more encouraging for Republicans, provided they land the right candidates.

And, the RIGHT candidates have already started lining up.

After the disaster of Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana, the NRSC is going to make sure they have good. solid and battle-tested candidates for office.

In Alaska, it looks like Alaska Governor Sean Parnell or Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell will challenge one term Senator Mark Begich who was elected over long-time Republican Senator Ted Stevens who was undergoing ethics charges (which were later proven false). This election was probably a fluke in very RED Alaska.

While Begich has tried to be a moderate Democrat, the D beside his name won’t be helpful – particularly when Harry Reid asks him for caucus votes this year.

In Arkansas:

Nearly the entire Arkansas Republican Congressional delegation – save for Rep. Rick Crawford – are considering campaigns against Sen. Mark Pryor, a moderate Democrat whose surname is nearly as storied in the state as the Clinton name.. (He’s the son of former Sen. David Pryor, who served the state as governor, senator and representative.)  Pryor was so untouchable six years ago that not a single Republican stepped forward to challenge him; he won 80 percent against a Green Party candidate.  Now Arkansas Republican wags expect a contested primary between multiple credible opponents, with Reps. Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and lieutenant governor Mark Darr looking like the leading contenders.  Griffin, just promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, has a compelling biography, but Womack hails from northwest Arkansas, the region with the most Republican votes in the state.

So, one has to wonder why Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada is proposing changes in the Senate rules on the filibuster?

In just two years, Reid may be minority leader.

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Of course, the Democrats now have the majority and want to step all over the GOP. So, go after the U.S. Senate filibuster.

It was all over Chris Matthew’s Hardball on MSNBC this afternoon.

But, wait…..

This could change in two years, if and when the Republicans finally take back some of the Senate seats in Red States that they should never have lost in the first place.

But, ultimately, there will be some kind of deal between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell and it won’t amount to much – especially since if the Democrats stick it to the Republicans, then it will be too easy to do the same in future years.

You see, protecting minority rights, is the right thing to do.

It is called fear of what comes around, goes around…..


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Day By Day cartoon for November 27, 2012

Day By Day by Chris Muir

Chris, the sad part is that a goodly number of physicians WILL retire if and when ObamaCare is implemented. There will be just no incentive to accept the risk for little reward and they close their private practices.

But, you see that is what President Obama and his friends on the Far Left want – a government run, single payer health care system where the physicians all work for the government, like Britain’s National Health Service. No more private practice medicine.

This will be sorted out, but in the meantime, it will be difficult to find a doctor – the ones remaining will be overwhelmed with work.

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