So much for people liking it after its passed:
Three weeks after Congress passed its new national health care plan, support for repeal of the measure has risen four points to 58%. That includes 50% of U.S. voters who strongly favor repeal.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters nationwide finds 38% still oppose repeal, including 32% who strongly oppose it.
We are not, of course, a nation governed by polls. The people get to make their statement every other year in national politics and the results of November, 2008 will hold true until this November, regardless of how much change there is in the national political dynamic. That said, it is clear that Democrats have made an error – a big error. The only question remaining: is it a fatal error?
Only time can really answer that question, but we can see the outline of things. Clearly, the Obama theory that people would fall in love with it once passed has proven false. Far from fading away, the outrage over the manner in which ObamaCare was passed continue to fuel anti-liberal enthusiasm. Republicans get ever more white-hot in their passion, Independents swing ever more strongly towards the GOP and the TEA Party continues to grow and capture the imagination of the American people.
All the ingredients exist for a political tsunami to sweep away the old ways of doing things. We’ll just have to see if the GOP comes up with the leaders and the plans to make it happen.