Watching the video of his speech after the fact, and in his acknowledgements he said something that begs to be commented on.  Linking “outstanding” with “Governor Chet Culver” is an oxymoron.  I mean I understand that you have to acknowledge the Governor of the state that you are in (provided they are present), but to say “outstanding.”  Has he seen this guys poll numbers?  They are worse than his own.

Hopefully in 2011 he’ll be calling him the “outstanding former Governor of the State of Iowa.”

I’ll have to commend him on his shout out to UNI, he can join the screwed-up bracket club.  I heard somebody said the person who picked their teams based on the color of the uniforms is the one who’ll win the bracket this year.

I digress.

President Obama talked about the letters of people he received those who shared at town hall meetings their stories, special interests groups, the armies of lobbyists, and the negative ads… he doesn’t mention the tea party protests and the fact the town hall meetings where largely negative.  Not to mention the public opinion of the health care reform has been largely negative since it was introduced (and a poll out today shows 55% want it repealed), his approval rating has seen little gain after its passage, and I’m not even sure that Speaker Pelosi’s and Senate Majority Leader Reid’s combined doesn’t even reach 20% .

Not that I would expect him to.  He pointed to victory and he’d better relish it now because only the most deluded partisan won’t acknowledge that President Obama and Congress will pay dearly in November.

Then in a bipartisan, let’s all come together fashion, he mocked Republicans saying that leaders have been calling this “Armageddon.”  First off, one leader is not leaders.  Second, most have been going after the substance of this bill.  Thirdly, like or hate President Bush I do not recall him giving a partisan speech like this and mocking Democrats in his official role (not counting his reelection campaign, where you would expect partisan speeches).

I don’t think this bill means the end of the world rather a hit to our economy.  I also think it means:

Among other problems and of course, unintended consequences.

He also mentioned the health insurance exchange:

Once this reform is implemented, health insurance exchanges will be created, a competitive marketplace where uninsured people and small businesses will finally be able to purchase affordable, quality insurance. That will happen in the next few years. And when this exchange is up and running, millions of people will get tax breaks to help them afford coverage – credits that add up to the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history.

Again it won’t start until 2014.  No one expected it overnight, but I thought this was urgent?  Why wait?  It looks like a good idea until you remember who is running it.  How about allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines?  Allow individuals and small companies to band together for purchasing power?  Then let a the private sector run something like this.  We’ve already seen such things for auto insurance and life insurance.  Why not health insurance?  But no instead the Government that brought you cash for clunkers will make you wait four years for something that they are likely to mismanage.

Feeling the need to go after Republicans, he said, “This is the reform that some folks in Washington are still hollering about. And now that it’s passed, they’re already promising to repeal it. They’re actually going to run on a platform of repeal in November.  Well I say go for it.” 

Ok, keep in mind a new CBS poll shows that 61% want the Republicans to continue to challenge the health care bill.  An interesting note is that 44% of Democrats wanted Republicans to continue to challenge it and 66% of Independents.  Then a poll out today shows 55% want it repealed

Perhaps he should rethink that statement.

Originally posted at The Des Moines Register’s From The Right Blog

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  1. People call it Obamacare, but let’s givesome credit where due: It’s a modification of Romneycare (Remember that in the 2012 Presidential primaries).

    These polls about health care are interesting but it appears the country is roughly evenly divided overall about approval of the measure (+/- 5%). Related to the process and governance in general, approval ratings are not good for the Republicans at the federal level. Polls suggest that there is very little confidence in their ability to realistically confront health care issues or many others. Democrats get higher ratings in this area and the President is significantly higher still.

    I’d love to see those like Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and DeMint voted out of their leadership positions. They’ve performed abysmally and articulated no consistent positive narrative or plan. The GOP leadership has been practically rudderless. Saying “No” is not governance.

  2. +/- 5% is a 10% point range. Five-Thirty-Eight had 43% favor/46% unfavorable as of 3/25 for four post-passage polls (Gallup, Rasmussen, Quinnipiac and CBS).

    Those are not large margins in any direction but it’s probably enough to make the bill unrepealable for some time. The best bet for Republicans would be to work with moderates to modify the program to better align with their preferences (That’s the best bet for Democrats too). Note that Romney wasn’t the only GOPer to support things like mandates. Many other senior leaders and some conservative think tanks also supported mandates (until recently, when it became politically expedient not to). And it’s not a bad idea — You can’t spread the risk unless everyone “is in the pool.” There are many ideas within the plan with which most would agree should be there. Tort reform should also be added.

    Aside: I wonder if Boehner is going to look a little less orange once the tax on tanning parlours takes effect.

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