Obama Approval Up After Passing Health Care Reform

Barack Obama might be receiving a bounce due to passing health care reform. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows that his approval has jumped five points in the past week. The increased approval comes from both Democrats and independents:

Eighty-six percent of Democrats questioned say they approve of the job Obama is doing, a surge of 12 points over the past week. The poll indicates that 47 percent of Independents approve of the president’s performance, up 6 points in a week, and 12 percent of Republicans give him the thumbs up, basically unchanged from a week ago.

The jump is attributed to passing health care reform:

Health care appears to be behind the jump in Obama’s overall rating. While the president’s ratings on the economy and foreign affairs remained static over the past week, his numbers on how he’s dealing with health care rose five points to 45 percent, although a majority still disapprove of how he’s handling the issue.

Once people find that the scare stories about health care reform are not true, will his approval jump further? Realistically it is way to early to determine the effect of health care reform politically, and it could very well be replaced by other issues before even this fall’s election.

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    livewire2055 says:

    Passing the health care bill was absolutely a freedom of choice that is now forced.  You people who don’t have issues with your own health care have no idea what it is like to have a doctor, or a medical facility say that they will not be taking new patients.  Having a pace maker for 16 years which gives me every breath I take will hinder me in having another one implanted and I am only 48 years old.  I have worked all of my life and continue to work, paying for those who choose to not work because they need the income they were making before being laid off.   So they sit on their duff and watch Oprah, buy steaks on food stamps and then you know what they qualify for section 8 housing while I have a mortgage and am supporting those low lifes.  I understand that the  programs we have in this country are wonderful for thoses who have tradegies but when your paycheck is smaller than what it used to be, think about what this country is going through with Obama.  Are you really happy with the change that you voted for, and be honest.  Take a day off and walk in my shoes and wonder how many or how long do I have to continue being a part of this community.  Just remember a pair of lips can say anything and Obama has demonstrated this.  Wake up America and do what is right.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    livewire,

    You should be thanking Obama, not attacking him.

    Thanks to Obama your health care costs will be lower. Thanks to Obama you cannot be denied insurance coverage, or have your current coverage taken away, due to having medical problems. Thanks to Obama there will be added incentives for the practice of primary care, reducing the chances that you will run into doctors who are not accepting patients. If you happen to have Medicaid, thanks to Obama reimbursement is being increased to increase the chances that doctors will accept you as a patient. If you have Medicare, thanks to Obama the donut hole is being eliminated, reducing your out of pocket costs. Your take home pay is even greater thanks to Obama due to his tax cuts (except that these savings might be eaten up by increased health care costs at present, but his plan will also help this in the future).

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