Morning Action: Obamacare and Obama’s Approval Ratings, Both Fiascos
OBAMA. President Obama’s approval ratings have dropped for a second straight quarter:
President Obama’s approval rating fell for the second consecutive quarter, according to Gallup’s average of daily tracking polls for the last three months.
Obama averaged a 47.9 percent approval rating for his 18th quarter in office, running from April 20 to July 19. That’s down from 49.7 percent in the first quarter of Obama’s second term in office, and down from 51.9 in the 16th quarter, when he was reelected.
Our communications director Dan Holler explains that Mr. Obama’s economic policies are harming America. Obamacare has resulted in higher insurance premiums for the middle class, and if Obama moves ahead with an amnesty for illegal immigrants, that will mean lower wages for the middle class. Thus, as the president boasts of his economic plan for the middle class, we should take his vision with a big grain of salt.
OBAMACARE. A new survey indicates that doctors are not confident about Obamacare and they do not understand it:
A new survey shows that an overwhelming percentage of physicians don’t believe that their states’ new health insurance exchanges will meet the Oct. 1 deadline for those key Obamacare marketplaces to begin enrolling the uninsured.
Just 11 percent of doctors believe those exchanges will be open for business that day.
But those doctors, by a wide margin, also said they are “not at all familiar” with how a number of important aspects of those exchanges and plans offered on them will work—aspects that will directly affect their bottom lines. More than 65 percent of them gave that answer to all but one of the questions asking their familiarity with plan benefits levels, contracted rates with insurers, patient coverage terms and the claims process.
Doctors are in a particularly precarious situation thanks to Obamacare:
[D]octors who don’t have an understanding of those coverage terms could be in for a nasty surprise once the new plans go into effect.
That’s because under the rules of the exchange, a patient can go up to three months without paying premiums and still not get their coverage formally dropped by an insurers—but the insurer isn’t obligated to pay claims incurred during the second and third month if that person isn’t paying their premiums for that time, Jackson said.
Those rules could mean that doctors end up eating the cost of the care they have already provided, or have their receivables stay unpaid for longer stretches of time.
BOEHNER. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said that the House GOP will do everything they can to thwart Obamacare:
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) doubled down against ObamaCare in an interview set to air Sunday, calling the law “bad for America” and vowing to fight its implementation.
“ObamaCare is bad for America,” Boehner told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure it never happens.”
Heritage’s Chris Jacobs has noted that the only real solution is to defund Obamacare entirely to prevent any further damage and to keep the law from becoming fully entrenched.
IMMIGRATION. Heritage notes that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) have not yet written the bill for their plan addressing children of illegal immigrants. They should reveal their plan so that the American people can scrutinize it:
Heritage’s David Addington, group vice president of research, wrote yesterday that Cantor and Goodlatte should reveal the text of their much-publicized plan “so the public can examine it.” In response, a Cantor spokesman issued the following statement:
This legislation has not been written yet. In these early stages of development, we welcome and look forward to thoughtful input and serious policy proposals and solutions to address the children in our nation who know no other home but the United States of America.