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February 24, 2010

CNN Poll: 73% Say Either Start Health Care From Scratch or Stop Work On It Completely
More: GOP Asks Obama to Invite Abortion-Dissenter Stupak to Health Care Kabuki

I had earlier thought a 60% level of opposition would do it.

Some Democrats seem determined, however, such that I'm not even sure a nearly-three-quarters level of opposition is enough to stop them.

How does CNN play this finding? As evidence America wants itself some health care reform:

. An overwhelming majority of Americans, 73%, prefer that Congress either start from scratch (48%) or stop work completely on health care reform (25%). Obama’s Health Plan contains essentially the same policies as the bill passed by the Senate, with the addition of price controls for health insurance premiums.

CNN buries the lede in its article accompanying the release of its findings, never mentioning that an overwhelming majority (73%) of the American public disapprove of passing a bill similar to the one before Congress, including four in ten Democrats who want the President and Congress to start over. CNN does manage to state that “nearly three quarters” of Americans want some kind of reform, including in that figure the 48% who want Congress to start over in that grouping in a somewhat dishonest fashion...

They have their Narrative and they're sticking to it.

The Stupid Party Not So Stupid? Invite Joe Stupak, Minority Leader Boehner asks.

The CentristNet blog is a bit overly sanguine on the political helpfulness of this:

Obama faces a difficult choice in whether to agree to the GOP’s desire for Stupak’s attendance. If Obama denies the request, part of the narrative over the next twenty four hours will be the White House’s exclusion of Stupak. If Obama accepts the request, than Stupak’s “unacceptable” comment and likely more comments from Stupak about abortion will be part of the media reporting. As Obama has already denied the request for Governor attendance, our guess is that Obama will simply ignore this latest GOP demand regarding Stupak and hope the issue of abortion funding via Obamacare gains little traction in the coming days.

It won't be part of the media reporting either way, except for an obligatory reference.


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