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

Peter Bell, Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
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?


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.”


“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?


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.

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