August 14, 2009 10:19AM

Presidential Sales Job on Health Care Falling Short

It’s not working. The president enjoys the use of the executive branch’s bountiful resources, control of Congress by his party, and aid of a sympathetic media. Yet support for expanding government control over health care is falling the more people learn about it.

Reports the Washington Post:

According to a USA Today/​Gallup poll, 69 percent of Americans are closely following news of town hall meetings on health care reform. Thirty‐​four percent say protests against the plan at the meetings have made them more sympathetic to the critics’ views, and 21 percent say the protests make them less sympathetic, according to the poll. Thirty‐​six percent say the protests have made no difference.

A separate USA Today/​Gallup poll reported that 49 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of health‐​care policy while 43 percent approve.

At least President Barack Obama isn’t whining (yet) about the terrible disadvantages that he is laboring under. As did President Bill Clinton, when he blamed his failure to push through health care reform on groups like Cato, whose activities put him at a great disadvantage, he claimed.