Ouch. “Medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — will jump an average 32 percent for Americans’ individual policies under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, according to a study by the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts. The report could turn into a big headache for the Obama administration at a time when many parts of the country remain skeptical about the Affordable Care Act.”
Yikes. “If [Mark] Sanford wins the GOP nomination, he could face an uphill battle in the general election. His approval rating in the South Carolina district is underwater, with just 34 percent holding a positive opinion of him, compared with 58 percent who have a negative one.” I bet there’s quite a gender gap.
Oof. “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that lawmakers should not set a minimum standard of border security as a precondition of amnesty for illegal immigrants, though the White House said President Obama is committed to border security.” Hmm. It’s almost like they don’t want a deal with Republicans.
Yowser. “Backing for stricter gun control has weakened since the days immediately after the massacre in Newtown, Conn., according to a poll released Tuesday. Forty-seven percent of Americans said the nation needs stronger gun laws in the latest CBS News poll — a 10-point drop since December, when support was at 57 percent.” The president has a really rotten record of getting Americans onboard with any legislative proposal of his, come to think of it.
Thunk. “Former CIA director David Petraeus is making his first public speech since resigning in November over an extramarital affair. . . . A prepared text of his speech, obtained by The New York Times, indicates Petraeus will apologize for the affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Petraeus is expected to acknowledge that he’s ‘regarded in a different light now’ than he was a year ago and that he’ll try to make amends and move forward as best he can.” I don’t see why this is necessary unless he’s going to run for office in the vein of Mark Sanford.
Splat. Maybe not with the Supreme Court, but anti-gay marriage proponents have really taken a beating in the arena of public opinion. “There is a sharp generational divide among Republicans on the issue. Overall, 56 percent of Republicans oppose legal gay marriage. But I asked the CBS polling team for a breakdown by age, and the result was that among Republicans under 50, a plurality of 49 percent supports legalizing gay marriage, versus only 46 percent who oppose it.” Yup. As I’ve been saying, in 10 or so years not even Republicans will care about this issue.
Oops. This comes really late, even after Hillary Clinton’s about-face. But unlike Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Warner is a Democrat, so he won’t get slammed by the media for his flip-flop, even if it is really tardy. “On the eve of the Supreme Court’s argument’s on same-sex couples’ marriage rights, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner reversed his longstanding position and announced his support for marriage equality.”