Morning Action: Sorry Mr. Clinton, Obamacare is Beyond Repair
OBAMACARE. The “Explainer in Chief,” former president Bill Clinton, attempted to sell Obamacare to the American public once again Wednesday in Little Rock, Arkansas, saying “the law has already done a lot of good.” Our communications director Dan Holler explains why Clinton is wrong:
“There’s a sense of urgency from the Obama Administration right now, and that’s what you see with Clinton and others coming out,” said Dan Holler of Heritage Action for America, a conservative group working to defund the health care law. “Republicans in Congress need to have that same sense of urgency to say this is one of our last best shots to stop this law before it goes into effect.”
As to Clinton’s entreaty for the parties to work together, Holler replied: “Obamacare is beyond repair. The only way to reverse the damage is to repeal the law in its entirety. Only then can Congress pursue meaningful reforms that put patients first.”
Obamacare has not even taken full effect yet, and 258 employers have already cut work hours and jobs so far:
More than 250 employers have cut work hours, jobs or taken other steps to avoid ObamaCare costs, according to a new IBD analysis.
Mind the data have been the refrain from the White House as it downplays anecdotal reports of employers limiting workers to fewer than 30 hours per week.
But the anecdotes are piling high enough that they now constitute a body of data that can help gauge the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.
OBAMA. It’s the norm for a president’s popularity to decline in his second term. President Obama is no exception, with his approval rating at 44 percent in the most recent NBC news poll:
The shift from support to dissatisfaction is so stark, perhaps, because when Obama was elected in 2008 he seemed to embody a national hopefulness that enabled him to defy the laws of political gravity. At least for a time.…
So is it inevitable that supporters of a leader eventually become somewhat disenchanted with that leader? Pretty much, says New York City psychoanalyst Kenneth Eisold, who has studied and written about crowd psychology. “In politics, idealization is inevitable because we don’t really know those running for office. Our enthusiasm rests on faith, in large part.”
And that faith in Obama, apparently, is not what it once was. In a recent NBC news poll, the president’s job approval rating stood at 44 percent, which ties his lowest watermark.
SYRIA. The Heritage Foundation will host a discussion on Syria today at 11:30 a.m. ET. Heritage experts will take your questions live:
The Administration’s goals in Syria remain unclear—which isn’t something that bodes well for potential military action. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution yesterday authorizing the use of force, and it will go to the full Senate next week. It will likelyneed 60 votes to move forward in the Senate.
What does this mean? What should Congress consider as it votes on this resolution? What are the U.S. responsibilities and priorities in this situation?