Open Thread - Kamikaze Health Care Policy Edition
Note that the just-released Harris Poll for that bastion of liberalism the Wall Street Journal shows that Bush's approval rating fell another 3 points in one month, now down to 40%. There was a 13-point difference between his approval and disapproval ratings in January; that margin this month is now up to 18 points.
Any benefit President Bush may have gained from his State of the Union speech didn't last long enough to be measured in the latest poll, as Mr. Bush's ratings are now 40% positive, down from a positive rating of 43% in January, and 58% negative, up from 56% negative.
Also, roughly one-third of U.S. adults, or 32%, say "things in the country are going in the right direction," and 59% say "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track." In January, 33% said the nation was heading in the right direction and 54% said it was on the wrong track.
There was an increase of five points, in one month, in the number of people who think that "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track"? But isn't the economy going great?
And note that the Number Two issue of concern to respondents is health care, which went up nine points in one month. And what exactly is Bush's remedy for health care that he wants to tout this election year? He wants to tout HSA's that will do nothing to expand health coverage to those who need it, plus he wants to convince voters that the real problem facing the health care system this year is that we regular people simply use too much health care.
Yeah, that should pay big dividends for GOP incumbents this fall.
OK, your turn.