The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to the lowest point of his presidency, with dwindling faith in his competence and in many of the personal attributes that have buoyed him in the past, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Opposition to the new health-care law also hit a record high in the survey, with 57 percent saying they oppose the president’s most significant domestic initiative. Forty-six percent say they are strongly against it. Just a month ago, as the enrollment period was beginning, the public was almost evenly divided in its assessments of the law.
These takeaways were gotten before new and even more damning revelations of incompetence were made. The New York Times' has a bit of cheerleading in today's lead story on the ongoing collapse of Obamacare, but no matter. As my conversation with WellPoint founder Danny Weinberg --the "old insurance guy" as his website calls him-- pointed out on Monday's radio show, the systemic, interlocking flaws of the vast Rube Goldberg scheme cannot help but crash down and into one another over the next two years. Denny's series of suggested fixes over at www.oldinsuranceguy.com are the common sense observations of one of the most successful health insurance executives in America in the past two decades, but unless he and like-minded, experienced insurance professionals are empowered quickly, the chaos in health care will grow to extraordinary levels.
The latest evidence detailing the Web site’s troubled startup came amid signs of progress in repairing it. As of mid-November, more than 50,000 people had selected an insurance plan — up from 27,000 in the entire month of October, people working on the project said.
The reporters, Sharon LaFraniere and Eric Lipton, then add: