The president and his surrogates have been trying hard to convince the public that his health care plan will not contain “death panels”, will not cover illegal immigrants, and will not fund abortions:
Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but by prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Now, such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple. (Applause.)
There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: You lie! (Boos.)
THE PRESIDENT: It’s not true. And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up — under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place. (Applause.)
Despite his efforts, the latest CBS/NYT poll indicates that the president has failed to convince the public on the first two. (Oddly, they did not poll on the question of abortion coverage.) And this is despite CBS/NYT being among the most severely biased polls. (ASIDE: CBS/NYT overestimated Obama’s margin of victory more than any other major poll except Newsweek. Even the Fair model, which does no polling and doesn’t know who the candidates are, did better.)
At this point, it seems safe to say that the public has heard the president. They simply do not believe him.