Now that the threat of a DADT investigation has passed, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham sure is talking like a tough guy. He's also talking nonsense. From Yahoo:
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham celebrated the second anniversary of President Barack Obama's health care law by calling it "a big effing mess," alluding to Vice President Joseph Biden's comment when the bill was signed in 2010.Speaking of big messes, Lindsey.
"Two years ago at the Obama health care bill signing the Vice President was overheard telling President Obama, 'This is a big 'effing' deal,' Graham wrote on his official Twitter account, referring to Biden's profanity about the law's passage. "Unfortunately for them, two years later, the vast majority of Americans believe this has become a big 'effing' mess."
Well, of course the majority of Americans think it's a mess. That's because the majority of Americans have no idea what health care reform even does, nor do the majority of Republican opponents of health care reform. They've bought the GOP propaganda, as that Newsweek poll from last year showed. The majority of Americans don't like health care reform until they find out what it's in it, then they love it overwhelmingly.
When asked about Obama's plan (without being given any details about what the legislation includes), 49 percent opposed it and 40 percent were in favor. But after hearing key features of the legislation described, 48 percent supported the plan and 43 percent remained opposed.So, correct, the public thinks it's a mess. And, correct, the public has no idea what's in it so they have no basis for deciding whether it's a mess.
The NEWSWEEK Poll asked respondents about eight health-care-reform provisions that Obama and many Democrats in Congress have generally supported. It found that the majority of Americans supported five of those provisions, three by particularly large margins. Eighty-one percent agreed with the creation of a new insurance marketplace, the exchange, for individual subscribers to compare plans and buy insurance at a competitive rate. Seventy-six percent thought health insurers should be required to cover anyone who applies, including those with preexisting conditions; and 75 percent agreed with requiring most businesses to offer health insurance to their employees, with incentives for small-business owners to do so.
The GOP lies. But the Obama administration doesn't do nearly enough to defend itself. It's doing more now, finally, and thankfully, but they need to get a lot better at this.