Health Care Reform and Obama Approval Rating

by updated 2009/08/02

I heard and read several stories this week touting the approaching “success of health care reform”. The reporters seem almost breathless with excitement at times over the reality that a reform measure will soon be passed. Other reports, sometimes included within the health care reporting itself, make note of a slide in the approval rating of President Obama. A connection between the two is seldom made, but when it is, the reporting seems more puzzled than insightful as to what that connection is. The logic seems to be that since a health care reform measure of some type seems certain, Obama’s approval rating should be steady at least, and rising at best. Is this flaw in this logic so obvious to me because I am clueless on this whole topic? Or are the reporters and “experts” on health care just so excited to have something to report on that they purposely avoid telling the real story?

The health care reforms being discussed are really nothing but more of the same in U.S. politics and I guess many of us were naive to think it would be any different. Obama was elected to bring about change. Now that he is President he is following the tried and true method of political success, compromise. This is not sitting well with many people who voted for him and now feel that nothing much has really changed. Whatever eventually passes for “health care Reform”, it is becoming clear it will not go nearly far enough to make any difference at all. The needed legal reforms are not being addressed. The health insurance industry status quo is being protected. And, there is not going to be any real viable universal coverage option coming out of this. Much is made of the rising “cost of health care”. But nothing is being done about the fact that no matter how much health care costs overall, a huge chunk of the dollars spent goes to non-health related ventures like insurance company overhead and profit. The current reform package will not change this in any significant way at all.

The real disaster is that once a weak version of reform is passed, the political consensus will be that as much as possible was achieved. After much self congratulations and back slapping, true health care reform will be off the radar for another 10 to 20 years.

Obama’s popularity ratings are sliding because he is proving himself not able to get done what he talked about during his campaign. Once this health care bill passes, and the reality of how futile the few implemented reforms really are sinks in, his rating will slide even more.

Heath care reform? Rubbish. What seems to be coming out of all this spent time, effort, and money is just more political smoke and mirrors. And I guess some of us played the part of chumps in thinking it would possibly be different this time.

Will Sig
1 Anna

I still think that anything to health care, probably Hilary would have been good for that, but never know. You know Will we complain here in Canada about lot of things about our healthcare system, but we don’t realize how lucky we are. Thanks for sharing your story….excellent as always. Anna :)
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2 Bejeweled 2

Yeah you would think that if people really wanted this health care package to go through they would only be helping Obamas approval ratings. I think a lot can be said for the fact that this bill is having such a hard time passing as a “good” thing in the eyes of the American people.
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3 Will

I think Canadians in general know how lucky they are.

And I think that Obama’s opponents are using his dripping approval ratings to argue health care reform is not wanted by most of us. In reality the reason his ratings are dropping is that the proposals being discussed don’t go far enough for most U.S. voters.

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4 Bob

I for one know how lucky we are up here in Canada, to be able to pop in to a doctors office and not have to ever worry about money, maybe one day in the states, great post Will, I wasn’t aware that the plan is more of the same, like you said too many involved like the status quo, interesting also about Obama’s approval ratings faltering and the reasons behind it.
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5 S

Obama is part of a democracy. There is a congress and senate that has to agree with him before any law can be pass. We don’t have to discuss how difficult it is to get all the bodies to agree on anything. Throw in lobbyist and wealthy insurance companies and all there money fighting against you, they can make it hard to achieve anything. Long story short Obama is not going back on his word, He is now a member of the dysfunctional get nothing done system in Washington.

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6 Will

You know Bob the interesting thing is that all of the people I hear saying how bad Canada’s system is, live in the U.S.

That is a good point, S! Sad but probably true.

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7 Will

Good points Keith. I still think that much of the drop in approval comes from those disappointed that “change” has not really happened as promised in the campaign. Hard to believe it has been over a year since the historic election.

What do you think of my post from November 14th? I was told by someone I know that reads my posts that I am off base there and that the passage in the House is significant because it makes a solid foundation for change to build upon in the future. I guess I just don’t get politics.

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8 Keith

Will, I agree with you that health care reform is a worthy cause. The health care system in the United States doe need to be reformed. However, I do not believe that more government regulation and protection of the monopolies (this is actually what government regulation of an industry is designed to accomplish) is what will reform the system.

First off, if the President was actually going to make any meaningful improvements in the lives of the people at the expense of the corporations, he would not have been running for the office, much less elected. Obama is a team player; you and I are not on that team, or you would also be singing his praises just like the media cheerleaders. The cheerleaders are just doing their jobs.

Their job, just like Mr. Obama’s, is to convince the people to relinquish more of their freedoms by making them afraid. It’s the same as the big push for swine flu vaccinations. Be afraid; be very afraid.

I think maybe the drop in his approval ratings is not because of what he hasn’t done, but the evidence though his actions so far that his whole campaign was based on a deception. That deception was the concept that he would change anything that really matters.

Kennedy actually tried to implement change that would positively affect the people’s lives with his introduction of the United States note to replace the Federal Reserve note. You know what that earned him. If Obama actually tried to make any meaningful change (my definition is a change that would benefit the people more than the corporations), the fact that some of the challenges to his eligibility are moving to be heard by the Supreme Court would suddenly be discovered and mentioned in the mainstream press. I actually hope he survives those challenges, because otherwise the country would be even more polarized than it is now.

I guess P.T. Barnum was right. That would explain his approval ratings.

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9 Christopher

Health care reform is a worthy cause as there are millions of Americans without health insurance but it is not something that will change overnight, there is a lot of power in the health insuranceindustry and I don’t mean to its customers, they have gotten to where they are because they ‘contribute’ money to congressmen and women and basically bought congress, that’s how they have gotten this far. Obama is doing the right thing which has helped his approval a bit but will it be in vein as from what I have read people are mixed feeling about the reform and it could backfire on the President.
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10 Dr. Rivano

Health care can only be accomplished when the insurance industries and drug companies are banned from lobbying. It’s corruption at its best. Consider dismantling the current healthcare paradigm from a sick care model to a preventative model and health care no longer becomes an issue. Check out http://chiropractorflorhampark.com/chiropractic-blog/ for current healthcare tips.
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