Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) takes Republicans to task for lying to the American people:
When it turns out there are no death panels, when there is no bureaucrat between you and your doctor, when the ways your health care changes seem like a good deal to you, and a pretty smart idea, when the American public sees the discrepancy between what really is, and what they were told by the Republicans, there will be a reckoning. There will come a day of judgment about who was telling the truth.
It may already be coming true. A new CNN/Opinion Research poll shows that support for the health care reform bill has risen six points since early December. And Obama’s approval rating has also increased by six points. Even more telling is only 40% agree with Republicans that the bill is too liberal. My guess is that most people who are against the current health care reform bill are so because either they think it does not go far enough, because they have been influenced by the disinformation campaign against it, or because they believe that Congress has become too deadlocked to do anything meaningful. It will be interesting to see if Democrats are able to use these sentiments against the Republicans, after they actually get the bill passed.