Yes, the health care bill was a loser in the polls. However, if you dissected those numbers, you would find about 35% that did not want health care reform by the Democrats. The middle of the road and independent voters were upset that 1) the bill lacked bi-partisan support (which was not going to happen since the Repub strategy was to say "no" and not seriously participate), 2) had all of these "deals" (which we can blame some of Repubs for painting the Democrats into the corner on this in the first place, and 3) this just went on and on and on and on. The left hated the bill because it was so watered down. All said, most of the country wanted health care reform.
Of course, the opposition was never very interested in what the people wanted in the first place, otherwise the public option (60% support just prior to 1st passage) would be the law of the land today.
I know the Republicans were looking for a pony in the barn after 2008 and saw that pony in New Jersey and Virginia. Sorry, but electing governors in a state are not indicative of how people feel about the President. A governor of a state is provincial, not national. Of course, you fail to talk about the one national race where a Democrat one in a district that had not be Democrat in 100 years. Scott Brown, OTH, is a legitimate expression of discontent. But he is the only one.
I for one think the electorate will reward rather than punish the Dems in November. First, its going to be hard to make too much of an issue of success. The Repubs offered nothing, the Demos offered something and delivered (even if it was something less, it remains a landmark). Moreover, the people are tired of hearing about healthcare. If the Repubs want to be successful making an issue out of this they will have to re-frame the issue.
Though I expect the Repubs to make electoral gains in 2010, as is custom in an off Presidential election year, the chance of the houses flipping, particularly the Senate are quite remote.
and just look at him now, president pie-in-the-face
after CANCELING his trip to the pacific so he could twist political arms on the capitol he's now gonna keep his myopic eye on THIS PIG OF A BILL until NOVEMBER
the people are screaming for jobs, they're concerned for their economy, scared to death of deficits...
and pieface is gonna keep up his coast-to-coast obamacare tour thru most of 2010
Now they're claiming that a majority voting for something in Congress is anti-democratic.
Just how absurd can they get?
how are you gonna massively expand medicare and medicaid while cutting them half a T?
A large portion of people will have their premiums rise, although that rise will be offset by the subsidies.
Those not eligible for subsidies will see an average increase of about 10-13%.
Minimum benefits will be increased, which is why the costs will rise.
There is a $695 penalty(that will eventually tied to inflation/cpi/col, can't remember off the top of my head) for not having insurance, although there are temporary exemptions for religious beliefs, extreme poverty, etc.
That are a few more things without highlighting what is already known.
(Sorry for the late response, had to take my cat to the vet.)
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.