Local political leaders agree: Obama popularity shrinking

The U.S. Senate has rejected two amendments to the health care overhaul. Lawmakers on Sunday voted down measures that would have limited tax deductions insurance companies take for what they pay their top executives and an effort to limit plaintiff lawyers’ fees in medical malpractice cases.So what does Cache County’s Republican Party chairman think of the bill? David James says he just hopes the senate will debate it for a very long time. “They seem very committed to trying to force something through,” James says. “The harder they try to force the less popular it becomes.”James says the Democrats’ approach, and the reaction to that approach, is similar to what happened 16 years ago. “My understanding is, from a poll perspective, the Health Care proposal now is less popular amongst the American people than was Hillary Care back in 1993,” says James. “When the popularity ratings hit that low in 1993 they stepped back and said, ‘man, maybe this isn’t the right thing to do.'”James says the Democrats seem determined to push something through despite what the American people say. He says, in his opinion, that is not the way good government operates and he does not believe a bill will be passed anytime soon Not only is President Barack Obama’s Health Care proposal waning in popularity, so is his overall job performance. For the first time a poll has shown that less than half of the American people approve of the job President Obama is doing.Cache County Democratic Party Chairman Vince Wickwar also has mixed feelings about the P:resident’s job performance. “We have very, very difficult times and he’s trying to do an awful lot,” Wickwar says.”Something that is probably coloring a lot of the way people feel at the moment is the bad job situation. Manufacturing seems to be coming back a little bit. Business seems to be coming back. But jobs are not, they are still declining.”Wickwar says a lot of people are getting concerned and upset. He says Obama has set a lot of things in motion and we’ll have to see how they play out.

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