The year is wrapping up, and it looks like Obama and his signature legislation (ObamaCare) will be ending it on a very sour note.
Obama's presidential approval rating remains underwater in nearly every single poll, including the latest from Fox News. That poll finds that 41% of voters approve of Obama's job performance, while 53% disapprove. This is similar to nearly every other poll right now, including the Washington Post poll I told you about earlier in the week which finds Obama enjoying one of the lowest approval ratings of any 5th year of a presidency.
One of the biggest drivers, in my opinion, of this drop in his approval rating is because of ObamaCare. Between the lying, the impact it's having on Americans and the incompetent rollout of the exchanges, ObamaCare is an anchor pulling down his ability to rise in the polls.
This should give you an idea of just how bad it is. A brand new New York Times/CBS News poll finds that a majority of Americans without insurance coverage disapprove of the law. Among the uninsured, 53% disapprove of ObamaCare. Almost half of uninsured Americans believe that ObamaCare will have no effect on the quality of care they receive and over 30% believe their quality of care will actually get worse under ObamaCare. Just 15% of Americans who already have health insurance believe ObamaCare will help them personally.
So what do Americans want to see happen to ObamaCare. The latest Fox News polling found the following: “Majorities say they wish it had never passed, would vote to repeal it if they could, and think implementation should be delayed until the kinks are worked out. At the same time, a shrinking majority believes the law will survive.”
- 67% think ObamaCare should be postponed a year “until more details are ironed out.”
- A majority of Democrats (54%) support delaying implementation
- By a 54-38% margin, people wish ObamaCare had never passed and the 2009 system were still in place.
- 53% would vote to repeal the law if given the chance, while 41 percent would keep it.
These numbers are abysmal. They represent a big, big problem for this administration and for Democrats. Yet amazingly, some Democrats are still convinced that they can run on this issue in 2014 and win. Harry Reid now joins Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the latest Democrat to claim that ObamaCare will help Democrats win in 2014. He told The Hill, “I think for sure it will be a net positive. I think so by then for sure.” Harry Reid, by the way, is upset with the White House because it has not shared any of the credit with Congress for the ObamaCare fixes that have taken place in recent weeks.
So what are they going to do between now and 2014 to make sure that ObamaCare will be a good thing? Sell it. You are going to see a PR campaign like you've never seen, coupled with the demonization of Republicans who want to “deny people healthcare” and “don't have any alternative solutions, but are simply 'obsessed' with repealing the law because they hate Obama.”
This propaganda campaign to sell ObamaCare will take place on several fronts.
- Administration officials like Jay Carney and John Podesta will continue to push their talking points, painting the Republicans as the enemy.
- Democrats in the House and Senate will continue to push the idea that it is the Republicans' fault because they refuse to be “reasonable” and help reform the law.
- Outside organizations like Organizing for America will continue to offer ridiculous propaganda suggestions, like the latest effort to make ObamaCare a part of your Christmastime discussions.
- The Obama's will continue to sell the law and this includes Michelle Obama, who may be more popular than her husband right now. She has already taken on a more active role in selling ObamaCare. Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett calls Michelle “the best salesperson.” In a meeting with mothers yesterday at the White House, Michelle told them, "You know, if you've got grandkids, make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care. You know, ring in the new year with a -- new coverage."
ObamaCare hasn't just impacted the credibility of politicians in Washington but also the media. A new poll from Breitbart News/Judicial Watch finds that 70% of adults do not trust the media to accurately report news related to ObamaCare. This isn't just conservative skepticism, but even Democrats and Independents are weary of the media's reporting. Journalism has taken a credibility hit for many reasons in recent years, but ObamaCare has highlighted this growing distrust among the public.
Here are a few more stories and columns related to ObamaCare:
Insurers Agree to Give ObamaCare Enrollees Extra Time to Pay Premiums (AP)
Top 10 Broken ObamaCare Promises (Heritage Foundation)
The ObamaCare Generation: The ACA depends on Millennials picking up the tab — as they already are for other entitlements — in the midst of a bad economy (Victor Davis Hanson)
ObamaCare shows America's aversion to big government policies (Michael Barone)
Texas Woman Unable To Enroll In ObamaCare After HHS Loses Her Application For Third Time (KBMT-TX)
Medical Experts Tell Congress about the ObamaCare ‘Damage’ to Come (PJ Media)
45 States Still Haven’t Hit 10% of Enrollment Goals for ObamaCare (NRO)
WaPo: ‘Every Democrat Should Be Scared’ of this ObamaCare Ad (NRO)
Poor Minorities Disproportionately Shutout from ObamaCare Options (Breitbart)