The latest Rasmussen poll shows that 54% of Americans oppose the health care plan proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats.
This news comes on the same day that Senate Democrats on the Finance committee release their bill. WAIT - we know what you're thinking. The Senate Finance committee already passed their bill? Correct. They marked up a 200+ page summary of their legislation and the final 1,500+ page bill was just released today. Interesting...
Don't worry about having enough time to read this bill though - this won't actually be what they vote on either. Senate Majority Leader Reid and Sens. Max Baucus and Chris Dodd along with senior White House aides are merging the Finance and Health Committee legislation into one bill that will be considered on the floor of the Senate. Although the committee defeated Senator Roberts amendment to allow the bill to be posted online 72 hours before a vote so members and the American people can read it - I'm sure President Obama will live up to his promise of transparency through this debate.
But what we will do is, we'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process."
- President Obama, Aug. 21, 2008, in Chester, Va