Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska gave the bill its crucial 60th Senate vote in exchange for payoffs including federal funds to cover the entire cost of his state's expanded Medicaid coverage - a shameless vote trading that benefited Nebraska alone at the expense of the other states.
Instead of approval from constituents, Nelson got a stunning rebuke from a big majority of Nebraska voters in a Rasmussen poll released Tuesday. The survey showed Nelson would pull a paltry 30 percent of the vote in a contest with Republican Gov. Dave Heineman who was favored by a whopping 61 percent.
That almost mirrors the views of 64 percent of Nebraskans opposed to the health care legislation.
But Nelson won't have to face voters until 2012. By then, he must figure that folks in his state will have long since forgotten his vote selling.
That has to be the case with other Democrats and President Obama who keep acting contrary to the wishes of a majority of Americans.
Fifty-five percent of voters oppose the front-end tax-loaded bill, Rasmussen found, while only 40 percent favor it.
What the Dems do not consider is that voters are not that stupid, as evidenced by Nebraska voters turning on Nelson instead of praising him for bringing home more bacon.
A growing number of voters believe ObamaCare will raise costs. The percentage has risen to 63 percent from 58 percent a week ago. As for the quality of health care under the Dem monstrosity, 54 percent believe the quality will be worse under the legislation.
Those numbers reflect the skepticism among Americans about the humongous $787 billion economic stimulus plan. Fifty percent of voters think that such massive government spending is actually bad for the economy.
Meanwhile, it's not surprising that government employees are "much more bullish about the economy than those who work in the private sector," Rasmussen reports. Forty-six percent of government workers believe the economy is improving, while 31 percent say it's getting worse.
In the private sector, those numbers are essentially reversed with only 31 percent saying things are getting better but 49 percent say the economy is worsening. Likewise 44 percent of government workers say their personal finances are good or excellent versus only 33 percent of private sector employees.
It's no wonder there is such a marked difference in economic conditions for public and private sectors. After all, there has been a gigantic increase in federal spending for government agencies. Federal spending is expected to account for a whopping 28 percent of Gross National Product, highest since World War II.
Yet most voters (62 percent in a recent poll) said tax cuts are a better way to create jobs.
But not the Democrats. It comes down to this: They really don't care what most Americans think.