Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. More Obama. Maybe it wasn’t. The latest Rasmussen poll shows the President’s Sunday blitz of talk shows — excluding Fox, of course — did nothing to boost support for a radical remaking of the nation’s health care system.
Support nationally is down another two percentage points, to 41, while opposition is solid at 56. Among the group commonly called “seniors,” just 33 favor with 59 percent opposed. Of those, 16 percent tell Rasmussen pollsters they strongly favor the remake, while 46 are strongly opposed.
The public knows — especially those seniors who have sorted through scams and snake-oil pitches for six decades or more — that the health care makeover will cost more while quality drops. Since they’re at an age where quality medical care is important, they’re of no mind to be gamed.
Meanwhile, for the younger generation who’ll be fined if they don’t buy health insurance, there’s no good news concerning their future financial obligations. Social Security officials say that starting next year, the fund will pay out more than it collects to retirees. The deficits are expected to be $10 billion in 2010 and $9 billion in 2011, according to the Congressional Budget Office. After that, it’ll be able to pay benefits from the payroll taxes paid by those who are currently employed until 2016, when it falls into deficit again.
The alleged “Social Security Trust Fund” has $2.3 trillion in paper, presumably held in trust to pay benefits. In reality, of course, it’s borrowings, so income and other taxes levied on workers and generations to come will be needed to repay those borrowings.
The old folks know that ObamaCare is not in their best interest. When the young become fully aware of their government debt, they’ll know too.