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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.”

… … … …

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