Shaking Things Up
While Barack Obama is busy shaking hands with Cuban dictators and taking jabs and Republicans while attending Nelson Mandela's memorial in South Africa, perhaps he should be shaking hands here in America, trying to regain the confidence of his own citizens.
Another poll has been published – this one from McClathy-Marist – which finds Obama achieving the worst ratings of his presidency.
Although to be fair, Congress fares even worse in this poll. As a whole, Americans are frustrated with Washington. The difference is that Obama used to remain insulated from this frustration, but that is no longer the case. Why? The disastrous rollout of ObamaCare has demonstrated that Obama is nothing more than another big-government bureaucrat like the rest of them.
How bad have things gotten for Obama? Today we learn that he is bringing back John Podesta, who led Obama's transition team, to help stop an Obama presidency in nosedive. Podesta played a similar role for Bill Clinton when his administration was rocked with scandal. Podesta doesn't necessarily represent an early “spring cleaning” of Obama's inner circle, but it certainly represents a shift. Obama knows that he can't keep going on the same path he has been treading since January.
When Obama looks back on the legacy of his presidency, I'm sure he'll wish he had a mulligan for 2013.
Hits Keep Coming
First it was, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.” That turned out to be a lie. Then it was, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.” That also turned out to be a lie. Now we know the next shoe to drop. If you like your drugs, your medication, you may not be able to keep your medication. Unless, of course, we add the new administration caveat: You can keep your medication, but you'll just have to pay more for it!
If you read only one article today, make it this report from Forbes: “No, You Can't Keep Your Drugs Either Under ObamaCare.” It is a damning indictment of the underlying issues of the ObamaCare model. Premium costs are controlled by increasing deductibles while limiting access to doctors and covered prescriptions. Want to try and find out if your medications are even covered under ObamaCare's formulary? Good luck with that!
He Came Amongst Us
This quote from Chris Matthews discussing his interview with the president really says it all: “He came to us today. He came amongst us.” Chris “tingles up his leg” Matthews is awe-inspired by the fact that the Anointed One came down from his Heavenly perch and spoke to his most ardent supporters at MSNBC.
Give me a break. This idolization of Obama is unhealthy. He is our president, elected to protect our Constitution, he isn't a God. So many in the liberal media want to treat him as such. Matthews has already declared Obama to be “perfect,” which is why it is impossible for people like him to comprehend how Obama failed so miserably when it comes to ObamaCare.
Gallup polling out today finds that 52% of Americans support scaling back or repealing ObamaCare. The numbers continue to slide out of Obama's favor. I've told you about his huge loss of support among Millenials. A majority disapprove of the president and would go as far as to remove him from office. A majority also disapprove of ObamaCare. A recent United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll finds the following among Millenials: “18 percent of respondents in this age group said it was 'very likely' ObamaCare would be repealed by Congress next year, while 33 percent said it was 'somewhat likely' the law would be done away with.” It's not that they want ObamaCare to be repealed but they expect it to be repealed.
But this is where we are, and judging by the stories I'm about to share here, Democrats are still in a heap of trouble, despite their best efforts to appear calm, positive and united.
Mistletoe Sale Gets 11-year-old Girl Booted From Portland Market
This past weekend, Madison Root, an 11-year-old from Portland was removed from a Portland market for selling mistletoe. Ashton Root, Madison's father, joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss the incident. "She had an idea to make some money to help pay for her braces,’’ said her father. A private security guard for the market told Madison and her dad that they were violating city code (specifically Chapter 20.12.020, “Soliciting For or Conducting Business” in a public park). Under the rule, it's illegal to “sell or offer to sell any article or service” without a permit. "There were people right next to me with signs that said, 'Got pot?' said Madison who was on the phone with her father. "They're raising money for pot!" "We understand the rule,' Ashton said. "But here she was selling mistletoe and all around her were people playing music for money, or asking for money for pot, or just spare change. We’re allowing people to beg, but not to sell; it seems like there should be some sort of exception." For more on this story please click here.
Is Barack Obama aware that he is the Commander-in-Chief and not a salesman? Today marks a new concerted effort on the part of this administration to sell ObamaCare to the American people. They still think their main problem is their sales pitch.
The problem is that Healthcare.gov still isn't up to private sector standards. The failure of the website to handle traffic is absurd, but there is another bigger issue for those who have already attempted to use the site. According to the Washington Post, as many as one-third of people who think they've enrolled in ObamaCare may not actually be covered come January 1st. That's right – mistakes in the enrollment forms could effect as many as one-third of those who think they've signed up for coverage.
Americans are having a hard time trusting government right now as it is. The fact that their information is not secure doesn't exactly entice people into giving up their most private information. This system relies on a need for trust, which is currently absent. And unfortunately for Americans, and politically for Democrats, things are likely to get worse. As Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post writes, the website is not really the problem. He's absolutely right. The website is nothing more than a reflection of incompetence, but the underlying issues of ObamaCare are what Americans are stressing about and what Democrats will be held accountable for in 2014.
But if we hunker down and wait until 2017, ObamaCare will work splendidly by then, right? Wrong. By then, if not repealed, we will simply have resigned ourselves to the mediocrity of our new government-run healthcare system. Democrats would rather us “settle” for ObamaCare than fight for better coverage, better care, more competition and a lower costs.
Here are some stories about ObamaCare that I'm almost positive the president will not be touting on his sales tour...
More Website Work Remains
Sean welcomed Washington insider Jamie Dupree to Tuesday's show to discuss the ongoing work on the disastrous HealthCare.gov website. Dupree explained that while many improvements to the site have been made, there is still quite of work left to be done. Federal officials acknowledged that more work is needed on the "back end" of the site, to make sure that consumers actually get health coverage and that insurance companies get the information they need to start those policies. However, The Washington Post reported that "enrollment records for a significant portion" of those who have signed up on healthcare.gov could contain errors, affecting "roughly one-third" of enrollees. To read Jamie Dupree's column on WSBRadio.com click here.