If Obama was intending to excite the base last night on his conference call with Organizing for Action – which was mired by its own technical glitches – he apparently failed to do so. I've heard the call described as “morose” or “lack luster.” He even misspoke and claimed that over 100 million Americans had already enrolled in Obamacare. But the call was anything but “inspiring” or “exciting.” I can't blame him. After all, the failed rollout of Obamacare and its exchanges has led to a plummeting of Obama's approval rating.
A new poll today from ABC/Washington Post has Obama's approval at an all-time low for their records at just 42%. As Obamacare stumbles out of the gate and Obama's lies are exposed, his approval sinks like a rock. These numbers reflect a 13 point drop just this year and a 6 point drop in the past month alone. In fact, the numbers are so bad that if the 2012 election were held today, Mitt Romney would be elected president. That's stunning.
Polls numbers are sinking all around the president. Obamacare has its highest disapproval rating to date with 57% of Americans opposed to the law. In a dramatic shift, a new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans (56%) no longer believe it is the government's role to make sure that all Americans have healthcare, which is a record high. That has reversed since 2009, before Obamacare was passed.
Back to the ABC/Washington Post poll: The number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track is up 13 points in the last six months, reaching 70% in the latest poll. Obama's numbers related to his honesty, trustworthiness and leadership are all down dramatically. He's lost significant support (at least 20 points since January) among two key core constituencies: Independents and young people. A notable difference this time around is that Obama's popularity has sunk as well; no longer are Americans separating his failed policies from the man himself.
Honestly, what did this administration expect? Yet again today we learn that the administration was aware of the issues surrounding Healthcare.gov as early as March of this year. According to the Washington Post, “The Obama administration brought in a private consulting team to independently assess how the federal online health insurance enrollment system was developing, according to a newly disclosed document, and in late March received a clear warning that its Oct. 1 launch was fraught with risks.” The information was presented to senior White House and HHS officials in a series of meetings spanning late March and early April. While Obama himself was not a part of those meetings, it is very clear that senior officials at the White House and within Health and Human Services were aware of the nightmare coming down the pipeline. Yet as we learned from a Wall Street Journal report a few weeks back, the decision to go ahead with the rollout was made for political purposes. Are we to assume that nobody bothered telling the president of these warnings or that he is lying to us when he says he wasn't told? Either way is infuriating.
That doesn't even take into account the fact that the website itself is deeply flawed and puts your security at risk. A technology expert warned Congress today that “there are actual live vulnerabilities on the site now.” It's possible that some stuff hasn't even been exposed publicly for fear of putting your security more at risk. What a disaster!
Speaking of disasters, did you hear that Oregon's state exchange has yet to enroll a single person? Oregon received $245 million in grant money from the federal government to establish its state health exchange, and this is what it has to show for it: zero enrollees. Overall, states were given over $4 billion by the federal government to set up their exchange websites. So we've doled out $4 billion to the states for their websites, some of which are having troubles, and we paid $634 million for a federal website that isn't functioning. What a waste of our hard-earned tax dollars!
And how's this for embarrassment for the administration. The woman, Jessica Sanford, who was singled out by the President in a recent speech for her love for Obamacare's affordability … turns out that she doesn't qualify for an Obamacare subsidy after all. Oops!
I also want to point out something that the Democrats are doing and that is pulling away from the use of the word “Obamacare.” It's become a semi-joke, but it seems as though many Americans do not understand that there is no difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act. The problem for Democrats is that Obamacare has become associated with the negative aspects of the rollout, incompetence, etc. So after embracing Obamacare for a time, Democrats have seemingly decided to switch back to the Affordable Care Act and pray that many Americans aren't aware that we are really talking about the same thing. So it goes in Washington.