The author of Obamacare, Max Baucus, referred to Obamacare as an oncoming train wreck. Little did he know that the law's failure would take such a toll on politicians at the polls. This is a political train wreck of epic proportions, especially for Barack Obama.
The latest polling from CBS shows that Obama and Obamacare have set new records: both are enjoying the lowest approval ratings to date. For Barack Obama, only 37% currently approve of his handling of the presidency. That has dropped nine points in just one month! That coincides with approval of Obamacare dropping to its lowest level ever of just 31%. That is a twelve point drop since last month! Support for the law is sinking all-around, even among Democrats.
This is dangerous political territory for this president. This isn't just one poll that looks bad for Obama. We've now seen a series of polls from Gallup to ABC/Washington Post to CBS to Fox News, all of these are showing the same trend: support for Obamacare is tanking and dragging down the president along with it.
Unfortunately for Obama, the Democrats and the American people, I don't see things getting much better. Coupled with the disastrous failure of the website is the revelation that we've been lied to by Obama and fellow Democrats who passed the law. “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan” may go down as one of the biggest, bold-faced lies we've been told by politicians. That's saying a lot.
The next pillar to topple is this: “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.” It's hard to see how this will be possible as people lose their coverage, making some doctors out of network or unable to accept certain types of new insurance plans. They've built lie upon lie and now everything is collapsing around them.
The notion that fixing the website will solve their problems is truly troubling. Those who actually believe that are kidding themselves. The problem is far beyond a botched website, although they managed to botch it epically. Yesterday we learned from Henry Chao's testimony to Congress that 30% of healthcare.gov is still being developed! What's even more amazing is that the part of the website that is yet to be built, much less functioning, is the payment system to transfer subsidies to insurance companies. In order for this thing to actually work properly, don't you think that's kind of a key component?
It's truly unbelievable to think how someone, somewhere in Washington thought this was acceptable. Who will ultimately be held accountable? Kathleen Sebelius says she should be held accountable, but the last time I checked she still had a job.
What's even more amazing is that Barack Obama apparently thinks that the problem is still with the “branding” of Obamacare and not the law itself. He said yesterday, "We are going to have to, (a) fix the website so everybody feels confident about that. We're going to have to, obviously, re-market and re-brand, and that will be challenging in this political environment." This is what I told you about yesterday – Democrats have received their marching orders: No longer use the word “Obamacare” and only refer to the law as the “Affordable Care Act.” This is their grand solution to our problems? Good grief.
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