Once again our divided Congress cannot come together, act like adults and make a decision on the budget or the debt ceiling. Republicans continue to provide Democrats options to prevent a government shut down related to either defunding Obamacare or delayin it. In defending this stance I have heard countless Republicans state that the American people do not want Obamacare. I swear if I could scream from the mountain tops on that one I would. I have continued to break this down from every angle I can think of but I for one cannot find any evidence that indicates that the majority of Americans do not want Obamacare.
Let’s start with what is called the silent majority. Do not be misled by the loud and vocal Obamacare protestors or the town halls that seem to be enraged by the impending implementation of Obamacare. Just because you are the loudest does not mean you are in the majority. Ironically at some points we have viewed the silent majority as the conservative faction of our country. You know the older “typical Regan supporting American” who is not to into the whole grassroots organizing thing like Liberals, but what they will do is vote and that is when it matters. Well I am starting to feel that the Obamacare supporters, likely liberals are now the silent majority in this country.
During the 2008 election, Healthcare was a hot button issue. Seems crazy now looking back but Republican candidates put forth plans on changing American’s health care system too. Back then it seemed like a necessity for winning under that climate. When we mention President Obama’s campaign for office from a historical standpoint, without a doubt his campaign pledge to provide universal healthcare would be included. When presented with his plans to overhaul American’s healthcare system majority of Americans sided with President Obama over John McCain effectively voting for universal healthcare as well. So in 2008 I would say we had a majority of Americans in support of Obamacare.
Moving on to 2012. Now with the Healthcare bill passed, Republican candidates continued to make this an issue but now instead of providing a different plan, they campaigned on repealing the current plan. In Romney’s case we can argue that there was a conflict with his health care statements during the election, and what he did while Governor of Massachusetts and that might account for the discrepancy in voting but this is who you selected during the primaries. One of the key things, if not THE key thing Mitt Romney ran on was a repealing Obamacare and once again a majority of Americans sided with President Obama, giving their approval on healthcare again.
Back in 2008 election, it was essentially a referendum on President Bush so the Democrats held majority in the House, Senate and captured the White House. During midterm elections, the Republicans took over the House and have held control ever since. In 2012, the Republicans would have loved to gain ground in Washington by taking over the Senate or the White House. They failed to do either. Even though they maintained the majority in the House, as a combined total Democratic candidates received move votes in all the House elections than Republicans. Another majority for you. More Americans cast votes for Democratic, Obamacare supporting candidates, in 2012 legislative elections. So districting, or gerrymandering, allowed Republicans to maintain the House in 2012.
The only “strong” win I see for Republicans is the midterm elections from 2010. I recently heard President Clinton state that we see two different Americas during a midterm election and a Presidential election which could easily account for the varied results. Just from a pure numbers stand point we know that voter turnout is significantly lower during midterm elections. So I ask again, where are they getting this majority of the country does not want ObamaCare from?
It is crazy to me that Republicans continue to make this “majority of Americans” argument when the facts are not there. They are not holding up our country on a principle argument or by doing what the “majority” wants. In short, if the majority of Americans agreed with you, you would not be in the minority in Washington. I get it, these candidates ran on repealing Obamacare and if they want to keep their jobs in Congress they have to do what they said they were going to do in Washington. That is fine but lets not confuse what is going on here. Time and time again, on a national level, majority of Americans have indicated that they want and support Obamacare. Now if you those who elected you from your small district in Ohio or your entire home state in the case of Senators do not support it that is fine, but let’s not prevent our country from handling it’s business just to stop what the majority has continued to vote in support of.