Only 22% of Americans Think Congress Will Understand Obamacare Before they Cast Vote


Is it any wonder why Americans have such a poor outlook on Congress and have said in the past that they want to throw all the bums out? Now according to a recent Rasmussen poll, only 22% of Americans think that Congress will actually understand the healthcare bill before them when they vote. Only two in ten will actually take the time to understand what they are about to inflict upon “We the People”.

While majority Democrats in Congress struggle to put together a final health care reform plan, just 22% of U.S. voters believe that most members of Congress will understand what is in the plan before they vote on it.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 55% think most members of Congress will not understand what is in the health care plan before casting their vote. Twenty-three percent (23%) aren’t sure.

Most Americans do not even believe that Congress will even read the bill prior to voting. Shouldn’t that be a law passed by Congress, mandatory reading of legislation prior to a vote? Maybe there can be a pop quiz as well.

Most voters say it’s unlikely that most members of Congress will have read the bill before voting: 40% say it’s not very likely, and another 13% say it’s not at all likely.

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    15 Responses to “Only 22% of Americans Think Congress Will Understand Obamacare Before they Cast Vote”

    1. on October 1st, 2009 8:55 am

      Congress will understand the bill as much as they wish to understand it. Their whole purpose is to have denability. However, if a bill that effective the pay or benefits of Congress came along, you better believe they’d have read and understood every single sentence.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on October 1st, 2009 9:45 am

      When a bill is being written by the congress, either the House or the Senate, each has demonstrated their complete lazyiness about knowing the content. If they choose not to read the bill, then who is writing the legislation?
      The whole lot of them needs to be recalled by the citizens of each and every state. It is shameful that they refuse to do the job they were elected to perform.

    3. Pat in alabama on October 1st, 2009 9:49 am

      How many of the rest of us could get away with such excuses on our jobs? I didn’t read it. I didn’t understand it. These people make how much????

    4. rightknight on October 1st, 2009 10:46 am

      Moldy cheese can be rescued by cutting the mold
      off enough to reveal good cheese. When an apple
      rots, it rots to it’s core.

      Lazy, incompetent, ‘Party-Timers’ are way past
      their ‘Use Before’ dates. They are simply following
      the lines of least resistance! Time to refill the entire
      barrel with crisp, fresh apples.

    5. tuyvnsurvivor on October 1st, 2009 10:47 am

      Yes, I think the liberals are about to pull one over on us. Just yesterday i recieved by mail a letter from my Congressman Chet Edwards (D). Some may remember I have been speeking with him a tiny bit. In the letter he addresses some points and seems to prepare me to get ready to go to work, door to door, event to event gaining votes which would have gone to him and posting them against him.

      He notes: Health care is complicated and the bill is therefore hard to understand referring me to organizations supporting “objective sources”) the bill: Kaiser F Foundation, Annenberg Public Policy Center Univ of P, Library of Congress. He notes rising health care costs must be solved. He states he will vote against anything leading to socialized medicine Canandian style. He uses false rumors of and about the bill for edge on his sword. He states the non-partisan Budget Office says the bill would be paid for over 10 years. He states he disagreed with the hurry and pass by August, they had to study and do it right. He associates Medicare and Medicaid and Childrens Health care as comparrative government run health care. States our system is already a “private-public partnership”

      I feel he only barely missed saying he is just close to voting for it in a very few days.

    6. super dave on October 1st, 2009 12:07 pm

      why would they read a bill that they know is screwing the public. if it’s not good enough for the politicians, it’s not good enough for me.

    7. Jayne on October 1st, 2009 12:13 pm

      Wasn’t this WH sipposed to be the most transparent ever? Bills whould be on Cspan and online. YOU LIE!!!

    8. Susan on October 1st, 2009 5:38 pm

      WHO AM I?

      I was born in one country, raised in another. My father was born in another country. I was not his only child. He fathered several children with numerous women…

      I became very close to my mother, as my father showed no interest in me. My mother died at an early age from cancer…

      Later in life, questions arose over my real name.

      My birth records were sketchy and no one was able to produce a legitimate, reliable birth certificate.

      I grew up practicing one faith but converted to Christianity, as it was widely accepted in my country, but I practiced non-traditional beliefs & didn’t follow Christianity, except in the public eye under scrutiny.

      I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult, disguising myself as someone who really cared about them.

      That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and I embarked on a new career.

      I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those who read my memoirs that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.

      I became active in local politics in my 30′s then with help behind the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office in my 40′s.

      They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything. That reinforced my conceit.

      I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization. Yet I was a powerful speaker and citizens were drawn to me as though I were a magnet and they were small roofing tacks..

      I drew incredibly large crowds during my public appearances. This bolstered my ego.

      At first, my political campaign focused on my country’s foreign policy. I was very critical of my country in the last war and seized every opportunity to bash my country..

      But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country’s economy. I pretended to have a really good plan on how we could do better and every poor person would be fed & housed for free.

      I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess. It was the free market, banks & corporations. I decided to start making citizens hate them and if they were envious of others who did well, the plan was clinched tight.

      I called mine “A People’s Campaign” and that sounded good to all people.

      I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics & was able to gain widespread popular support.

      I knew that, if I merely offered the people ‘hope’, together we could change our country and the world.

      So, I started to make my speeches sound like they were on behalf of the downtrodden, poor, ignorant to include “persecuted minorities” like the Jews.

      My true views were not widely known & I needed to keep them unknown, until after I became my nation’s leader.

      I had to carefully guard reality, as anybody could have easily found out what I really believed, if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with.

      I’m glad they didn’t.. Then I became the most powerful man in the world. And the world learned the truth.

      Who am I?



      Sounds alot like Barack HUSSEIN Obama, doesn’t it?

    9. NewGirlBoston on October 1st, 2009 9:07 pm

      #8- Holy Cow! That was quite a post. A little scary if you think about all the things they had in common. That is of course, assuming it is true.

      One thing I do have to say though, it’s time for all the birthers to give it up. IMO, Obama does not appear to be born in Africa. His refusal to be more cooperative about putting the rumours to rest are what just doesn’t sit right. If he really was born in Hawaii—why not produce an original copy of his Birth Record and silence all of those who are still ill at ease over his birthplace?

    10. Scared Monkeys on October 1st, 2009 9:17 pm

      Maybe the Congress should be given reading comprehension module tests like those provided at Fortune 500 companies for training.

      They have to get an 85% score before they are allowed to vote on a bill and all of their scores are made public to “We the People” to see just how ignorant some of them really are.

    11. super dave on October 2nd, 2009 7:06 am

      obama disses africa and kenya right now because he has to. the public is watching. thers is no legitimate American birth certificate. that’s why he can’t produce one.
      the one he produced during the campaign can be purchased on the internet for $25.00.

    12. Dolf on October 2nd, 2009 7:36 am


      so old so very very very old

    13. Jack Hammer on October 2nd, 2009 8:55 am

      Hey Susan. Is it SUPER DAVE, or Scott? How about Red (whoever the hell that is). And are you people still on this birth certificate thing. This was taken care of months ago. Find something else. What’s next? Going to start talking about his pitch at the all star game again.

    14. super dave on October 2nd, 2009 12:16 pm

      now that you mention it jackie boy, it was a pretty feminine pitch. prove that obama is a citizen. you can’t.
      a $25 birth certificate (unsigned) is not proof. you were so easily fooled. obama even blatantly spent a million dollars to hide his identity and you were all google eyed and sucking up.
      if another presidential candidate did this you klanocrats would soil your pants quicker than pelosi can soli her diaper.

    15. NewGirlBoston on October 2nd, 2009 4:59 pm

      Subject: HR 615

      On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment, courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn which would require all Members of Congress and their staff members to enroll in any new government-run health plan.

      Congressman John Fleming has proposed an amendment that would require Congressmen and Senators to take the same health care plan that they would force on us. (Under proposed legislation they are exempt.)

      Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go to his Website and sign his petition. The process is very simple. I have done just that at:

      Senator Coburn and Congressman Fleming are both physicians. REGARDLESS of your political beliefs, it sure seems reasonable that Congress should have exactly the same medical coverage that they impose on the rest of us.

      Please urge as many people as you can to do the same!

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