Obama Promotes Pro-Abortion Health Care on Its Anniversary, Democrats Flee It
by Steven Ertelt
September 22, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama is promoting the pro-abortion health care plan he signed into law on the six month anniversary of him signing it. Despite the hoopla, Democrats are fleeing from ObamaCare on the campaign trail and polls showing Americans strongly opposing it explain why.
Obama will appear at a backyard party at a home in northern Virginia to attempt to show how the health care law, which includes taxpayer funding of abortions, is helpful for the average American.
But the festive, celebratory atmosphere is lost on many Democratic candidates who are finding their House or Senate fortunes doomed in part because of their support for the pro-abortion legislation.
Appearing to realize that’s the case, Obama appealed to religious leaders to help him make the case for the pro-abortion law.
During a White House conference call on Tuesday, according to Politico, Obama "beseeched thousands of faith-based and community organizations" to help him, saying, Get out there and spread the word."
The debate in Washington is over, the Affordable Care Act is now law … I think all of you can be really important validators and trusted resources for friends and neighbors, to help explain whats now available to them," he said.
White House Office of Faith-based and Community Partnerships director Joshua DuBois followed up on the president’s comments, saying, Get the word out there, get information out there. Make use of the resources we’ve described on this call: the website, door hangers, one pagers and so forth. We’ve got work to do.
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared to reluctantly acknowledge that health care is not helping Democratic candidates, according to a Washington Post story.
"The president is not directing the messaging or ads for individual candidates," he said in response to a question about those Democratic candidates running away from ObamaCare. "We’ll leave individual messaging decisions to individual candidates."
One Obama administration official told the newspaper, "The more people know about what’s in this law, the better they’re going to feel about it."
That doesn’t appear to be happening as support among likely voters for the repeal of the health care bill hit its highest mark since May. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Americans have shifted towards repealing the bill with the 2010 midterm elections in full focus.
Sixty-one percent of likely voters now at least somewhat favor repeal of the new national health care law, including 50% who say they strongly favor it.
Thats up eight points from a week ago and the highest level of opposition measured since late May, when 63 percent of Americans said they wanted the pro-abortion health care bill reversed.
The new Rasmussen Reports survey finds only 33 percent of Americans say they oppose repeal of the bill President Barack Obama and his pro-abortion Democratic allies in Congress pushed through the House and Senate.
"Since the passage of the bill in late March, a majority of voters have consistently favored repeal of the new law, with support ranging from a low of 53% to a high of 63%," Rasmussen indicated.
Only 33% say the health care plan will be good for the country, the lowest level measured since late July. Fifty-six percent of Americans disagree and believe the new law will be bad for the United States.
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