In his latest Wall Street Journal column, Mr. Rove says the polls are turning against Mr. Obama's health care and notes the latest poll numbers:
On Monday, the Washington Post/ABC poll reported that 49% of Americans approve of his handling of health care while 44% disapprove. What many people missed is that those who strongly disapprove of the president’s approach on health care now outnumber those who strongly approve by 33% to 25%. That presages further decline. Already, 49% of independents disapprove of the president’s approach, up from 30% in April, a staggering shift in 11 weeks.Ouch.
Mr. Obama is also slipping on the economy. Those who strongly disapprove now outnumber those who strongly approve of his handling of the economy (35% to 29%), of deficits (38% to 19%), and of unemployment (31% to 26%). On Tuesday, Gallup showed Mr. Obama’s personal approval was 55%, down from more than 60% a few weeks ago and lower than the 56% George W. Bush had at this point in his first term.
Mr. Rove reports on a study by the Heritage Foundation:
It projects that if the House bill becomes law, 83.4 million people—nearly half of those with private coverage—will lose private insurance as employers drop their plans. Mr. Obama’s promise that you can keep your plan is being left on the cutting room floor with nary a peep from the president.In the middle of it all are reports about horrible nationalized health care in Canada and Great Britain. Pajamas Media went undercover in Canada to film the dismal care for patients.
Not only are the American people turning against Obama but his own Democrat governors are seriously concerned:
Democratic governors from Colorado, Tennessee, New Mexico and Washington joined GOP colleagues at the National Governors Association summer meeting to blast the administration for plans to shift millions of families into Medicaid. That could stick states with $440 billion in new costs over the next decade.And the Congressional Blue Dogs are starting to back away as they feel pressure from home. Americans have been flooding the phone lines on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Rove goes on to say:
But the most damaging news came from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf, who said last week that the White House’s health-care proposals would not “reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount.” This shattered the central claim Mr. Obama has been making: that his health-care plan controls costs. In a July 17 letter, Mr. Elmendorf added that the House’s health-care bill would result in a “net increase in the federal budget deficit of $239 billion” over 10 years. That’s likely a low-ball estimate because it assumes that Congress will increase taxes by $583 billion over the next decade.With polls showing Americans turning against Obama's proposed programs, Investor's Business Daily writes about the deficit deceit now being practiced by the Obama White House:
What do you do when you have bad news that could affect what you're doing? Why, delay it, of course. Which is exactly what the White House is doing right now with the midsession budget estimate.Dems are now running ads against fellow Dems. Obama's push to have ObamaCare passed before Congress' August break appears to now be in trouble especially after Wednesday night's presidential press conference where the President did not share any new information.
Each year, a revised budget estimate is put out in July. The idea is to catch up with fiscal changes that have been made since the last budget forecast six months earlier.
This year, of course, there have been massive — not too strong a word — changes in the spending outlook. That's not just our opinion. It's based on preliminary data from the Congressional Budget Office, budget analysts and think tanks of all ideological stripes.
But instead of issuing the July outlook as planned, the White House has postponed it until mid-August. Why? President Obama has made clear he wants major health care reform and, if possible, a global warming bill from Congress before it recesses in August.
Bottom line: The proposed ObamaCare is slated for 2013. Why the rush to pass legislation? Take the time to read the bill, understand it, make changes, and be sure it is what the American people want.