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Why Does Obama Keep Blaming Liberals for His Health Care Bill’s Unpopularity?

People are chattering today about this hippie-punching passage from the President’s press conference.

“This is the public option debate all over again,” the president said. “So I pass a signature piece of legislation, where we finally get health care for all Americans, something that Democrats have been fighting for for a hundred years, but because there was a provision in there that they didn’t get, that would have affected maybe a couple of million people, even though we got health insurance for 30 million people and the potential for lower premiums for 100 million people, that somehow that was a sign of weakness and compromise.”

This notion that everyone loves the health insurance bailout bill except “they” (liberal purity trolls) seems to be a real idee fixe for Obama, and I’m not sure why.

August 2009:

A new study by SurveyUSA puts support for a public option at a robust 77 percent, one percentage point higher than where it stood in June.

October 2009:

On the issue that has been perhaps the most pronounced flash point in the national debate, 57 percent of all Americans now favor a public insurance option, while 40 percent oppose it.

And the kicker:

Just 34% of voters nationwide support the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats if the so-called “public option” is removed.

Now, the President clearly has his fee-fees hurt that Americans aren’t clapping loud enough for his health insurance industry-friendly bill. But it’s not unpopular because liberals perceive it as a “sign of weakness and compromise.”

It’s unpopular because it forces people to become paying customers of Aetna and WellPoint without giving them the ability to fire them when they get screwed. And get screwed they will. Put another way, it does nothing to break up the pernicious cartel that is running our health industry like a criminal racket.

And as Jon Walker points out — there’s nothing stopping the Democrats from adding a public option in now.

Stop blaming liberals, Mr. President. You got the bill you wanted and the majority of Americans don’t like it. And PS, complaining about how we just don’t appreciate the things you’ve done for us makes you sound weak.

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