It’s Not Just an Insurance Company Plot

The Obama administration would have us believe that the outcry from voters at health-care town halls is a concoction of the insurance industry. Well, those insurance execs must be awfully sneaky — they seem to have infiltrated the polls as well. The Wall Street Journal reports on the Democrats’ woes:

A new Quinnipiac University poll out this morning underscores the challenge facing them as they and their Republican (and some conservative Democratic) critics spend the month pressing their respective cases.

A CNN poll has somewhat better news for Obama — respondents support “Obama’s plan” (which is what, exactly?) by a 50-45 percent margin. But the good news ends there:

The results indicate a generational divide.

“Obama’s plan is most popular among younger Americans and least popular among senior citizens,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “A majority of Americans over the age of 50 oppose Obama’s plan; a majority of those under 50 support it.”

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The poll indicates that only three in 10 of all Americans think the president’s health care proposals will help their families. Another 44 percent feel they won’t benefit but that other families will be helped by the president’s plans, and one in five say no one will be helped.

“Less than a quarter of Americans with private health insurance think that Obama’s proposals would help them personally. Most people on Medicare and Medicaid also don’t think that the Obama plan will help them,” says Holland.

Moreover, the intensity is clearly with the critics. A third of the respondents very strongly oppose ObamaCare, while 23 percent strongly favor it. Half of those who oppose ObamaCare say they plan on going to a town hall, while only 37 percent of supporters of ObamaCare plan on going.

The poll numbers are borne out by what we have already seen at the town halls. There are lots of skeptical people, and those who care enough to turn out at town halls are especially skeptical and hostile toward a government takeover of their health care. Rather than insulting the voters or spying on them, maybe the White House should try responding to their concerns.