By Dave Andrusko
The aftermath of the botched roll-out of ObamaCare’s health care insurance exchanges is helping to accelerate President Obama’s rapid decline in the public’s mind.
Under the headline, “Obama’s Job Approval Declines to 44.5% in 19th Quarter,” The Gallup poll reported this morning
“President Barack Obama averaged a 44.5% job approval rating during his 19th quarter in office, a decline of more than three percentage points from his 18th quarter. That is one of the largest quarter-to-quarter declines of his presidency, behind a nine-point drop in his third quarter and a six-point drop in his 11th quarter. … The legislative battles over the federal budget and the Affordable Care Act, as well as the federal debt limit, took a toll on the president’s popularity, with his Gallup daily approval rating falling to 41% at points during the shutdown.”
And the horror stories keep rolling in unabated. Here are some representative headlines and initial paragraphs which address the staggering incompetency on display and charges that the Administration has been (to put it charitably) not forthcoming. Moreover a common denominator is that repairs may be—at an optimistic minimum—months away.
”Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes”
“Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.”
“AP: WH Withholding Enrollment Numbers From Public”
“Associated Press White House correspondent Julie Pace said the Obama administration is being ‘selectively transparent’ in providing statistics relating to the rollout of Obamacare in order to manage the public perception of the law. ‘Part of what’s been so frustrating about this as a reporter is that we know that they have these numbers,’ Pace said Monday. ‘It’s not as though they have to wait for some tech person off in some far-off place to send them the data — they’re getting these numbers in.’”
“Consumer Reports: ‘Stay Away From HealthCare.gov’ “
“Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal healthcare exchange ‘for at least another month if you can.’ ‘Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,’ the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks.”
”Zero Obamacare Enrollments in New York “
“The New York Daily News reports that, while ‘thousands of people’ have signed up for Obamacare in New York, the system is still locking out their applications. In New York, one of only 16 states that has its own exchange, not one person had succeeded in using the site to enroll in a plan as of Friday.
“Donna Frescatore, director of the New York State of Health marketplace, said Friday that 134,000 people had registered and shopped on the state’s online health care site since its Oct. 1 launch, and thousands signed up to enroll in a plan. But the state has repeatedly delayed electronically transmitting those users’ data to insurers offering health plans.”
“Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site”
“Administration officials approached the contractors last week to see if they could perform the necessary repairs and reboot the system by Nov. 1. However, that goal struck many contractors as unrealistic, at least for major components of the system. Some specialists working on the project said the online system required such extensive repairs that it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting in January, although that view is not universally shared.
“In interviews, experts said the technological problems of the site went far beyond the roadblocks to creating accounts that continue to prevent legions of users from even registering. Indeed, several said, the login problems, though vexing to consumers, may be the easiest to solve. One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly.
“’The account creation and registration problems are masking the problems that will happen later,’ said one person involved in the repair effort.”