Yikes. “Even if you concede to Obama every point of his Tuesday news conference, a president looks weak and defeated when he shifts accountability to forces out of his control.”
Yowser. About the president’s insistence that Obamacare implementation is not a train wreck, as Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) claimed: “By saying that the health care law was already delivering so many great benefits to 85 percent of the country and they don’t even know it, Obama was just reinforcing Baucus’s point. Beyond that, it’s false for Obama to suggest that implementation of the law next year won’t affect anybody other than those who are currently uninsured. In reality, new taxes kick in next year along with the individual mandate, changes to Medicare, fines on businesses that do not offer health insurance, new insurance regulations that will drive up the cost of premiums, along with a myriad of other provisions with wide-ranging impact.” But great answer, otherwise.
Oof. “President Obama’s relationship with Republican leaders in Congress has hit a new low.”
Ouch. ” [On] Monday night, South Carolina’s Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a favorite of the Democratic left, couldn’t get away from the law fast enough, calling Obamacare ‘extremely problematic’ — a quote that got wide play from GOP groups like the National Republican Senatorial Committee. . . . It’s no wonder why: On Tuesday, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed just 35 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the law, right as the administration is planning to roll it out.”
Thunk. “About half the public (49%) says they do not have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will impact their own family.” They don’t need to know anything; the president says it’s good for them.
Ugh.”State and local governments can expect ever-widening budget gaps through 2060, as rising healthcare costs for both citizens and public employees surpass recent improvements in their revenue, the Government Accountability Office said on Monday.”
Egads. “On Tuesday, Jamie Rubin [no relation], Bloomberg News’ executive editor and former State Department appointee under President Bill Clinton, savaged President Barack Obama’s inaction on Syria. He told an MSNBC panel that Obama’s establishment of red lines relating to the use of chemical weapons and then subsequently ignoring them is detrimental to America’s credibility abroad.”