Saturday, March 13, 2010

Figures don't lie but . . .

President Barack Obama, claiming that momentum is building for a historic overhaul of the nation's health insurance system, on Friday postponed a trip to Asia so he can stay in the capital next week to twist arms in Congress.

. . . "The president feels some momentum on this issue," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

After facing widespread public opposition for months, Gibbs said the tide started to turn in favor of the Democratic proposal when insurance companies began announcing big increases in premiums several weeks ago. That helped fuel a backlash and gave "new life" to the proposals stalled in Congress, he said.

Public opinion polls, however, haven't shown a turn in favor of the legislation, which is designed to help 31 million people get health insurance and to regulate rates for those who already have it.

The Gallup Poll, for example, found this week that 45 percent supported the legislation and 48 percent opposed it, essentially unchanged from a December survey and a slight drop in support since January.

The administration's poll tested, fact free spin of the week is "momentum".

It's just not true - - public opinion is fixed.