The vitriol isn’t enough to cover up the flaws in the proposal any longer — a Rasmussen poll finds that a small and growing majority of the electorate is now opposed to current proposals for a “public option” health care system. The estimated cost of the system and the revelation of provisions that would force those with current private health care plans to lose access to those plans during a job change or other life event have caught the attention of many voters and the refusal of many health care reform advocates to acknowledge or respond to those concerns with anything other than demonization has seriously undermined what previously appeared to be an unstoppable political juggernaut.
Ignoring early demands for a respectful and substantive debate may have cost health care advocates their last, best chance for systemic reform. The Obama administration attempted to ignore the criticisms of the road to single-payer while the leftist side of the blogosphere (coordinating with the administration in a way they would have screamed bloody murder about one year ago but which they now shamelessly applaud as just plain good strategy) tried to simply bully the critics into submission. Neither approach worked, where a real debate might have. Way to go, people. Or not.