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Poll: How Damaging Is the Obamacare Rollout for the President’s Second Term?

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Michael Catalini Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
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Michael Catalini Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
Nov. 7, 2013, 4 p.m.

How much long-term dam­age, if any, is the rol­lout of the Af­ford­able Care Act in­flict­ing on Pres­id­ent Obama’s second term?

DEMO­CRATS (83 VOTES)

Very ser­i­ous dam­age: 24%
Some­what ser­i­ous dam­age: 54%
Little to no dam­age: 22%

Very ser­i­ous dam­age

“Feeds the meme that Demo­crats can screw up a one-car parade.”

“Prag­mat­ic Amer­ic­ans will not hold out for hope; they want res­ults.”

“In the age of Amazon shop­ping and near flaw­less on­line hotel- and air­line-re­ser­va­tion sys­tems, the dis­astrous ACA web­site fail­ures caus­ing im­min­ent loss of health in­sur­ance cov­er­age can only be termed ser­i­ous pres­id­en­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion mal­prac­tice.”

Some­what ser­i­ous dam­age

“If they get it to­geth­er and smooth out the kinks, it will be fine. Oth­er­wise, it’s a cata­strophe.”

“In­ex­cus­able.”

“An­oth­er un­forced er­ror that keeps him on the de­fens­ive and off mes­sage.”

“As the crown­ing ac­com­plish­ment of your ad­min­is­tra­tion, it’s hard to un­der­stand how you didn’t have this handled bet­ter. Just hard to ex­plain in any way. And, since your cam­paign had the best sys­tems and sys­tem ad­min­is­trat­ors, how could you not trans­late that to gov­ern­ment work?”

“It’s leg­acy le­gis­la­tion that has tripped out of the gate.”

“Will be ex­traordin­ar­ily ser­i­ous if they blow through the self-im­posed Nov. 30 dead­line without fix­ing the prob­lems.”

Little to no dam­age

“If they fix it, it will be fine. If they don’t, it will be a dis­aster.”

“Two weeks, we’re in­to the hol­i­days — when we come out, it’s back to gov­ern­ment fund­ing/budget.”

“Once the rol­lout is com­plete and people see that they are much bet­ter off, it will have no long-term de­le­ter­i­ous ef­fect.”

How much long-term dam­age, if any, is the rol­lout of the Af­ford­able Care Act in­flict­ing on Pres­id­ent Obama’s second term?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (89 VOTES)

Very ser­i­ous dam­age: 72%
Some­what ser­i­ous dam­age: 25%
Little to no dam­age: 3%

Very ser­i­ous dam­age

“He is now of­fi­cially a lame duck.”

“By not liv­ing up to its billing, Obama’s sig­na­ture act be­comes his sig­na­ture weak­ness.”

“A pres­id­ent’s cred­ib­il­ity is a pre­cious and non­re­new­able re­source.”

“Obama needs cata­stroph­ic health in­sur­ance, be­cause the ACA is a dis­aster.”

“Looks like Joe Wilson was right. He lied, but Dem can­did­ates will pay the price.”

“After NSA, IRS, this now tips the scales.”

“The Obama­care rol­lout is a rolling dis­aster. If the GOP will aban­don stu­pid shut­down tac­tics and fo­cus on mak­ing voters more aware of spe­cif­ics, they can win seats.”

“POTUS lied, which calls in­to ques­tion his own per­son­al char­ac­ter. The oth­er shoe has not fallen yet on this web­site de­bacle. Stay tuned.”

“The core idea of lib­er­al­ism is that gov­ern­ment knows best. Con­fid­ence in gov­ern­ment’s com­pet­ence is tak­ing a huge, and last­ing, hit.”

“By March 2014, Demo­crats will be run­ning to the Po­tom­ac.”

“Obama­care will do for lib­er­al­ism what the Hinden­burg did for zep­pelin pas­sen­ger travel.”

Some­what ser­i­ous dam­age

“It makes big gov­ern­ment look in­com­pet­ent.”

“The web­site is the easy part.”

“They’ve just re­in­forced every pre­con­ceived no­tion that people have about gov­ern­ment’s in­ef­fi­ciency and in­ef­fect­ive­ness.”

… … … …

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud. 

How much long-term damage, if any, is the rollout of the Affordable Care Act inflicting on President Obama's second term?

DEMO­CRATS (83 VOTES)

Very ser­i­ous dam­age: 24%
Some­what ser­i­ous dam­age: 54%
Little to no dam­age: 22%

Very ser­i­ous dam­age

“Feeds the meme that Demo­crats can screw up a one-car parade.”

“Prag­mat­ic Amer­ic­ans will not hold out for hope; they want res­ults.”

“In the age of Amazon shop­ping and near flaw­less on­line hotel- and air­line-re­ser­va­tion sys­tems, the dis­astrous ACA web­site fail­ures caus­ing im­min­ent loss of health in­sur­ance cov­er­age can only be termed ser­i­ous pres­id­en­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion mal­prac­tice.”

Some­what ser­i­ous dam­age

“If they get it to­geth­er and smooth out the kinks, it will be fine. Oth­er­wise, it’s a cata­strophe.”

“In­ex­cus­able.”

“An­oth­er un­forced er­ror that keeps him on the de­fens­ive and off mes­sage.”

“As the crown­ing ac­com­plish­ment of your ad­min­is­tra­tion, it’s hard to un­der­stand how you didn’t have this handled bet­ter. Just hard to ex­plain in any way. And, since your cam­paign had the best sys­tems and sys­tem ad­min­is­trat­ors, how could you not trans­late that to gov­ern­ment work?”

“It’s leg­acy le­gis­la­tion that has tripped out of the gate.”

“Will be ex­traordin­ar­ily ser­i­ous if they blow through the self-im­posed Nov. 30 dead­line without fix­ing the prob­lems.”

Little to no dam­age

“If they fix it, it will be fine. If they don’t, it will be a dis­aster.”

“Two weeks, we’re in­to the hol­i­days — when we come out, it’s back to gov­ern­ment fund­ing/budget.”

“Once the rol­lout is com­plete and people see that they are much bet­ter off, it will have no long-term de­le­ter­i­ous ef­fect.”

How much long-term damage, if any, is the rollout of the Affordable Care Act inflicting on President Obama's second term?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (89 VOTES)

Very ser­i­ous dam­age: 72%
Some­what ser­i­ous dam­age: 25%
Little to no dam­age: 3%

Very ser­i­ous dam­age

“He is now of­fi­cially a lame duck.”

“By not liv­ing up to its billing, Obama’s sig­na­ture act be­comes his sig­na­ture weak­ness.”

“A pres­id­ent’s cred­ib­il­ity is a pre­cious and non­re­new­able re­source.”

“Obama needs cata­stroph­ic health in­sur­ance, be­cause the ACA is a dis­aster.”

“Looks like Joe Wilson was right. He lied, but Dem can­did­ates will pay the price.”

“After NSA, IRS, this now tips the scales.”

“The Obama­care rol­lout is a rolling dis­aster. If the GOP will aban­don stu­pid shut­down tac­tics and fo­cus on mak­ing voters more aware of spe­cif­ics, they can win seats.”

“POTUS lied, which calls in­to ques­tion his own per­son­al char­ac­ter. The oth­er shoe has not fallen yet on this web­site de­bacle. Stay tuned.”

“The core idea of lib­er­al­ism is that gov­ern­ment knows best. Con­fid­ence in gov­ern­ment’s com­pet­ence is tak­ing a huge, and last­ing, hit.”

“By March 2014, Demo­crats will be run­ning to the Po­tom­ac.”

“Obama­care will do for lib­er­al­ism what the Hinden­burg did for zep­pelin pas­sen­ger travel.”

Some­what ser­i­ous dam­age

“It makes big gov­ern­ment look in­com­pet­ent.”

“The web­site is the easy part.”

“They’ve just re­in­forced every pre­con­ceived no­tion that people have about gov­ern­ment’s in­ef­fi­ciency and in­ef­fect­ive­ness.”

… … … …

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud. 

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