Obamacare bill near collapse?

My headline is admittedly misleading, as it is difficult to pin down what is meant by Obamacare. As of now it includes no public option and no Medicare buy-in. The watered down bill is now facing opposition by the far left while the right continues to oppose it. An NBC poll (via Instapundit) shows additional evidence of the falling public support for the bill.

As the Senate sprints to pass a health-care bill by Christmas, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that those believing President Obama’s health-reform plan is a good idea has sunk to its lowest level.

Just 32 percent say it’s a good idea, versus 47 percent who say it’s a bad idea.

In addition, for the first time in the survey, a plurality prefers the status quo to reform. By a 44-41 percent margin, respondents say it would be better to keep the current system than to pass Obama’s health plan.The longer the bill is debated (and changed) the less public support it has. Ann Althouse suggests the root cause of the problem.

People just don’t want this bill. I think the big mistake was skipping the step of winning public support for a particular plan. It wasn’t enough that people believed there was a problem. People needed to believe the solution wasn’t worse than the problem. We were supposed to look away and trust them. The trust was never won, never earned. It’s been a horrific mess, and it just looks messier and messier as time wears on.

Some Republicans have taken note of this trend as well and are using procedural tactics to prevent a quick vote on the bill. CNN reports:

The congressional health care debate stalled briefly Wednesday as Senate Republicans insisted that a 767-page mega-amendment be read out loud in its entirety.

The move could have brought Senate business to a halt for the day and potentially threatened Democrats’ ability to pass a health care bill before Christmas.

But Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the amendment’s sponsor, withdrew the measure in order to allow the Senate to return to normal business.The latest developments suggest that the bill is near collapse. The ALF-CIO and SEIU unions are holding emergency meetings to discuss the current bill and may announce their opposition to it.

Though there’s no official word yet, early indications based on talks with various officials are that the groups will either formally oppose the legislation or, less dramatically, just not fight very hard to ensure its passage.

Follow the link for more quotes and some interesting analysis.

I still believe the senate will pass something called health care reform in order to save face. Only time will tell just what this something is.

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