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Obama disapproval number remains at 53%, disastrous impact of ObamaCare impossible to deny

by | Nov 7, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

I supposed it’s kind of a “rally” for pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Instead of Wednesday’s approval rating of 39%, a day later Gallup has it at 40%. But the President’s disapproval number remained at a whopping 53%.

This is very important on its own but even more so in the context of what is to come. Since this is the last post of the day, let me be very brief.

First, in trying to launch the Good Ship ObamaCare, the health insurance exchanges never left the dock. Talk about approval numbers being under water! But the hit the President is taking is just beginning.

The story by Seung Min Kim, Jennifer Epstein, and Jennifer Haberkorn goes on but the gist is in the first sentence:

“President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other senior administration officials met privately at the White House on Wednesday with frustrated Senate Democrats facing reelection in 2014 to discuss the botched Obamacare rollout.”

Second, the President is in a hugely awkward position: he is attempting to finesse (read deny) the promises he made to the American people about their ability to retain the health insurance they already had (if they wanted to).

When HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified yesterday, she had to deal with that mess AND the ugly truth that promising that all with be well by the end of the month with the website is preposterous.

Let me conclude with a few paragraphs from a separate POLITICO story that ran today. David Nather wrote

“Kathleen Sebelius got through the latest Obamacare hearing Wednesday, but her message to Senate Democrats was a bit of a downer: Expect more bad news.

“The Health and Human Services secretary told the Senate Finance Committee that the Obama administration is on track to fix the sputtering federal enrollment website. Well, maybe not on track exactly — ‘not where we need to be.’

“And she warned the committee that the first enrollment numbers, to be released next week, will be low. The administration has been saying that all along, but given the severity of the website’s troubles, it may be impossible to set the bar too low.

“Sebelius again struggled to walk back President Barack Obama’s promises that ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it,’ as Republicans blasted away at the administration’s credibility now that people with individual insurers are getting cancellation notices.”

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