Obama’s Approval Ratings Hit New Low as Obamacare Debacle Continues

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 11, 2013   |   11:34AM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama is hitting new low approval ratings that are the worst of his presidency, as his administration continues to preside over the Obamacare debacle that is already rationing health care by causing millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 54 percent of voters disapprove of the job that Obama is doing as president, compared with 43 percent who approve. Half of the respondents said Mr. Obama’s health care law is a bad idea, and 34 percent said it is a good idea, marking a 3-point drop from October.

“These are tough and sobering numbers for the president and his administration,” Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, told NBC News.

According to the survey, only 4 percent of Americans believe Obamacare is working well, while 57 percent would like to see the law repealed or be changed significantly. Thirty-four percent see Obamacare as having been a good idea, while 50 percent think it was a bad idea.

“The weather may be chilly, but it’s nothing compared to people’s reactions to ObamaCare. This month, the only thing falling faster than the temperature is the number of the new law’s supporters. Making matters worse, the policy’s biggest defectors seem to be the ones most crucial to it: the medical community,” Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, tells LifeNews. “Thousands of doctors are walking away from the exchange in a large-scale mutiny over the government’s reimbursement rates. In California, where 70% of the 104,000 physicians are refusing to participate in ObamaCare, practices stand to lose millions of dollars under the state’s bargain basement insurance rates.”

Perkins continued: “If you’re wondering what’s worse than a dysfunctional website, try a health care exchange without doctors! Or hospitals. With the government trying to drive down coverage costs, insurance companies have no choice but to exclude some of the more expensive facilities from their plans — including some of the top-ranked hospitals and cancer centers. In Ohio, for example, only one policy on the exchange gives patients access to the Cleveland Clinic. Other facilities are opting out for the same reasons doctors are — lower reimbursement rates.”

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“But after this week’s news on prescription drugs, who knows if patients will be able to afford it? According to health analysts, Americans will only be able to keep their medicine — if they have the money to pay for it,” he added.

On the bright side, there’s still free birth control, right? Wrong. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) blew that myth to bits in an interview about the Left’s insulting outreach to women.

“When they’re talking about free preventive care for women, I’m having a hard time understanding where the ‘free’ part is,” Ellmers told reporters. “What Democrats fail to mention is now the cost of insurance is… many times quadrupling, in cost, and deductibles are going up by thousands of dollars.” After all, men aren’t the only ones losing their health insurance and watching their premiums skyrocket. “[Democrats’] mindset is that the only issues women care about have to do with their bodies… [as if] the only thing women care about are free contraception and whether or not they have a right to abortion. As Republicans, we know women in this country are concerned with the path that we’re on right now and so many other issues, health being one of them…”