New ABC Poll Gives Obama a Record Low, a Record High, and Finds that He would Lose to Romney
According to the latest Washington Post-ABC poll, President Obamahas reached three milestones.
His job approval rating has sunk to the lowest point yet, settling in at a mere 42%, with 55% disapproval.
The President can take solace though. He can also say the poll found a record high for his White House! 57% of voters, the highest the poll has ever reported, say they oppose ObamaCare. Just 40% support it.
The most embarrassing finding for the President though may be that voters, if given the choice to have a mulligan for the 2012 presidential election, would now pick Romney over Obama by 4 points.
As ABC’s George Stephanopoulos put it this morning, these numbers are “brutal” for President Obama. We agree. It’s time for the President to start listening to the millions of Americans who are clamoring for this law to be repealed, and stop making empty promises that he knows he won’t keep.
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This SNL Skit Mocking Obama’s Second Term is the Funniest Thing You’ll Watch Today
Saturday Night Live took President Obama to task this weekend over his increasingly disappointing and scandal-ridden second term, suggesting in a skit that the President start taking Paxil, “the only anti-depressant strong enough for an embattled second term.”
“Paxil treats a whole range of symptoms, like Benghazi, the NSA scandal, the IRS scandal, the AP scandal, the Petraeus scandal…and of course, ObamaCare website problems,” the ad humorously claims as it ticks off problems that have plagued the White House this past year.
“With Paxil you’ll feel like you’re giving a speech at a college campus in 2008, or getting bin Laden all over again,” the satirical advertisement says, adding a warning that Paxil is not covered by ObamaCare. “We promised that it would be, but it’s not.”
ObamaCare had a bad weekend.
On Friday, the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial calling for the president to recognize the obvious: that it’s time for the Democrats to scrap the healthcare law and start over:
We understand why the president and leaders of his party want to rescue whatever they can of Obamacare. On their watch, official Washington has blown the launch of a new entitlement program … under the schedule they alone set in early 2010.
What we don’t understand is their reluctance to give that failure more than lip service. Many of the Americans who heard their president say Thursday that “we fumbled the rollout of this health care law” would have been pleased to hear him add: So we’re admitting it. This law is a bust. We’re starting over.
Today, the New York Times has added its voice to the public backlash against the President’s health care law, admitting that a repeal of ObamaCare – if the 1989 repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act is any guide – is possible.
The tortured history of the catastrophic-care law is a cautionary tale in the context of the struggle over the new health law, the Affordable Care Act. It illustrates the political and policy hazards of presenting sweeping health system changes to consumers who might not be prepared for them. And it provides a rare example of lawmakers who were willing to jettison a big piece of social policy legislation when the political risks became too grave.
Others involved with the passage and repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act see clear parallels with the current situation, in which a very vocal segment that views itself as harmed by the new law has joined with highly organized political operations to rally opposition to it.
“When I saw this massive thing, I said, ‘Boy, if this is anything like catastrophic, they are going to be in trouble,’ ” said Brian J. Donnelly, who led the 1989 repeal effort as a Massachusetts Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee. “It is a very good analogy.”
The law’s failures are mounting daily, and Americans’ frustration and anger with House Democrats and President Obama is growing. HealthCare.gov is an absolute trainwreck, and millions of Americans are losing their insurance policies despite the president’s repeated promises that they could keep them. As the ObamaCare disaster continues to wreak havoc, the call for a full repeal and replacement of the President’s health care law will become louder.
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While millions of families are facing tumultuous and expensive cancellations of their health insurance plans thanks to ObamaCare, the White House can’t even manage to sign up more than 50,000 Americans for ObamaCare on HealthCare.gov.
This is an embarrassingly small number for an Administration that has decided canceling families health plans (after it promised not to) and raising the costs of health insurance is not as important as enrolling people into ObamaCare-approved plans.
To help understand just how small this number is, we’ve come up with 10 things that more people have done than have signed up for ObamaCare on HealthCare.gov.
According to the 2010 census, America’s population of centenarians – those who are 100 years old or older – was 53,364, a 66% jump from 1980. Not all of us may have the honor of knowing someone who was born before 1913, but believe it or not, there are more people living in the United States who are at least 100 years old than people who have enrolled in ObamaCare through HealthCare.gov.
About 70,000 Americans currently work for Enterprise Rent-A-Car at less than 6,000 locations across the country. There are more of them than there are ObamaCare enrollees in HealthCare.gov.
Wyoming’s capital and most populous city, Cheyenne, has 61,537 residents. More people call Cheyenne home than have signed up for ObamaCare through HealthCare.gov.
The Jacksonsville Jaguars are one of the worst-performing teams in the NFL this year, but 59,553 fans still pack their stadium on average every game this season. That’s about ten thousand more people than have signed up for ObamaCare on HealthCare.gov.
According to the US Highway Patrol, 112,000 people will receive a speeding ticket at some point today. That’s more than double the number of people who have used HealthCare.gov to sign up for ObamaCare.
Every year, the Guinness Book of World Records receives an average of 50,000 applications for new broken records. That means that just a few more people have submitted records for largest ocarina ensemble, pillow fights, and smallest living dog (among other things) than have signed up for ObamaCare on the federal exchange.
This one isn’t even close. Starbucks sells on average more than 10 million cups of coffee per day. That’s enough for each HealthCare.gov enrollee to have 200 cups of coffee per day!
An unacceptably high number of 449,618 people remain unemployed in Chicago, thanks to Obama’s economy. This is almost ten times as many people as have signed up for ObamaCare on HealthCare.gov.
Despite its gigantic size, most of the country of Greenland is blanketed by ice, and its population is just 56,840. That’s still more people than have enrolled through HealthCare.gov.
We’ve saved the most shocking for last. While less than 50,000 have successfully signed up for ObamaCare through HealthCare.gov, more than 34 million Americans are expected to have their health plans cancelled thanks to ObamaCare. Not only is this absolutely unacceptable, but the President and his Democrats repeatedly promised the American people that this would not happen.
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Apparently Felons Can Become ObamaCare Navigators
According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the federal government does not run criminal background checks before hiring ObamaCare “navigators,” the bureaucrats who are supposed to help guide consumers through the application process.
“Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive personal — sensitive personal — information from the individuals they help to sign-up for the Affordable Care Act?” Senator John Cornyn asked at today’s Senate hearing.
“That is true,” Sebelius responded.
“So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?”
“That is possible,” said Sebelius.
Sebelius has done nothing to alleviate Americans concerns about their private financial and health information being exposed through HealthCare.gov.
According to NPR, the state of Oregon has not had a single person enroll in a health insurance through its ObamaCare exchange.
In fact, officials there have abandoned the website altogether until it reaches even basic functionality, and are sorting through paper applications.
As impossible as it seems for a site to rival HealthCare.gov in glitches, Oregon’s state ObamaCare exchange may be doing it.
If you recall, Oregon’s exchange was the one that spent $3.2 million in taxpayer money on a commercial featuring flying guitars and a farmer riding a carrot. At the time, we questioned why the ad didn’t explain anything about the actual exchange. Now we know why.
As the federal government consumes humble pie over failures in the health insurance exchanges, some states that have set up their own exchanges are also struggling. Oregon has yet to enroll one single person, and it’s been reduced to pawing through paper applications to figure out eligibility.
When Cover Oregon opened Oct. 1, executive director Rocky King was excited. He’d been preparing for years. “Day one, we are accepting applications. And staff at the Oregon Health Authority and Cover Oregon are ready to process those applications,” he said on opening day.
Back then, King conceded there were still glitches with the website, but he said that by mid-to-late October they’d be worked out. Now it’s November, and it’s clear that a quick fix is not in the cards. So Cover Oregon has turned to old-fashioned paper applications. People can either download one off the website, or have somebody walk them through it.
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