Buzz Chatter Thursday: The bad-news-for-Obama edition

11/14/2013 7:24 AM

11/14/2013 7:24 AM

If you’re a Democrat, you might want to skip this edition of Buzz Chatter.

• “While the Administration claims this is just a minor setback, these absurdly low enrollment numbers are emblematic of a much larger problem: ObamaCare is unworkable, unsustainable, and unaffordable for the American people.” — Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner on the news that only 751 Missourians signed up for Obamacare during the program’s first month.

Republicans had a field day Wednesday with the pathetic enrollment numbers for the health care program’s first four weeks. And who could blame them? This one was teed up perfectly for the GOP to bat around Wednesday. The Obamacare saga continues.

• “These numbers underscore the urgent need for President Obama to allow people to keep the plans they have and like. The president says he is sorry but has taken no action to right his wrong.” — House Speaker John Boehner.

Hard to argue with the speaker on this one.

• “We also expect that the numbers will grow as the website, healthcare.gov, continues to make steady improvements.” — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

At this point, there’s only one direction for the numbers to go.

• “I don’t believe that anyone with major responsibility for the ACA implementation knew the problems would be as significant as they turned out to be.” — Ron Pollack, the founder of Enroll America, which has spent millions promoting the law.

And yet, there WERE plenty of warning signs. In March, for instance, Henry Chao, a Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services official who oversaw technology development, said he was “pretty nervous” about the short window for getting the exchanges up and running.

• “Americans’ trust in the president has eroded to record low levels amid a torrent of criticism about the rollout of the federal health-care law, including the revelation that his long-standing refrain that all Americans can keep their health plans if they want isn’t accurate.” — the bottom line in a Washington Post story about the findings of a recent Gallup Poll, which found that Americans are now split over whether the label “is honest and trustworthy” applies to Obama or not. The finding: 50 percent say it does while 47 percent say it doesn’t.

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