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Obamacare isn’t giving Americans what they want: Access to more doctors

Not only are uninsured Americans increasingly skeptical of Obamacare, a big problem for the Obama administration and insurers, the latest Kaiser Family Foundation monthly tracking poll shows that a majority all people surveyed say that they want more provider options and lower premiums:

When Obamacare handed insurance companies millions of compulsory customers, it also handed them a reminder of one of their industry’s toughest realities: Consumers want low premiums, and they want to see any doctor they want. And it’s impossible to give them both.
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Among those the foundation surveyed, 51 percent said they’d prefer a broader network and higher premiums, compared with just 37 percent who preferred “a more limited range of doctors and hospitals” in exchange for lower premiums. And most of the 37 percent changed their minds once they were reminded that a plan with “a more limited range of doctors and hospitals” might mean the same thing as “you would not be able to visit the doctors and hospitals you usually use.”

This has been one of the biggest recent complaints about Obamacare, outside the millions of canceled health plans caused by the law’s narrowly written regulations. It’s a valid criticism of the law, one that has led to a number of Americans losing access to their primary providers or specialists, despite President Obama’s promise that people would be able to keep their doctors.

Poll: 56% of uninsured hold unfavorable view of Obamacare

With a little more than a month to go in the open enrollment period, the latest tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that a record number of uninsured Americans hold an unfavorable view of Obamacare.

The poll found that 56% of uninsured Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 have an unfavorable view of the law, up from 47% last month. The latest finding is a record high. Just 22% of the uninsured hold a favorable view of Obamacare.

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The Obama administration and groups supporting its agenda are trying to get as many people as they can to sign-up for health insurance coverage before the open enrollment period ends on March 31. Those who fail to purchase health insurance by March 31, 2014 will face a tax of $95 or 1% of their gross taxable income, whichever is greater. The individual mandate tax will increase to $695 or 2.5% of gross income by 2016.

Among the public at-large, 47% hold an unfavorable view of Obamacare, down marginally from last month, while 35% have a favorable view.

Poll: John Cornyn cruising to runoff-free reelection, Wendy Davis facing blowout

Sorry, RINO hunters, it looks like you’re going home empty handed this time.

There aren’t many state election polls, but in Texas elections the Tribune is a big one, and their poll results out Monday for statewide races show no big surprises.

Senator John Cornyn, who according to the media narrative is pitched in a tough battle for his seat against insurgent conservatives, secures a solid 62% of Republican primary likely voters. Since all he needs to avoid a runoff is 50% in the primary, he looks comfortably poised to cruise to victory in November.

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In the general election, Cornyn looks in no more peril against Democrats, who are likely headed to a runoff, with LaRouche acolyte and perpetual candidate, Kesha Rogers, holding the early plurality. The Tribune provides no direct matchup between Cornyn and Rogers or any other Democrat candidate for Senate, but with a +1 approval rating in a +10 Republican state in an off-year election, Cornyn should be representing the great state of Texas in Washington for another 6 years.

The Tribune poll also gages several other high profile Texas races this year, including governor and lieutenant governor. In the former, current attorney-general Greg Abbott’s lead over state senator Wendy Davis has expanded from 8 points last October to 11 points. In the October poll, when few knew who either candidate was, Abbott had only 29% support to Davis’ 21%. Now that both campaigns are ramping up, Abbott has a strong 47% support and Davis 36%.

Americans see IRS’s targeting of conservative groups as corruption

Nearly two-thirds of registered voters view the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status an example of corruption, according to a recent Fox News poll.

In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Barack Obama disputed the notion that the powerful tax agency’s targeting of these groups had nothing to do with corruption, Rather, he said, poor decision making.

“[W]hen you actually look at this stuff, there have been multiple hearings on it,” President Obama told O’Reilly. “What happened here was it that you’ve got a 501(c)(4) law that people…the folks did not know how to implement.”

“There were some bone-headed decisions out of a local office, he said, adding that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS as it related to its targeting of conservative groups.

But the Fox News poll found that 64% of registered voters see the IRS’s targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups as an example of corruption, while just 27% do not. Across the political spectrum, 81% of Republicans, 65% of independents, and even 51% of Democrats believe the agency’s actions were corruption.

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What’s more, the poll also found that 71% believes that Congress should continue investigating IRS scandal. That includes 60% of Democrats and 72% of independents. Just 25% say that committee inquiries should stop.

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Today in Liberty: Rand Paul’s revolution, Obama to raise emissions standards for trucks

“Maybe I’ll do a real horror record and talk about the Obama administration.”Glenn Danzig

— Rand Paul and the next Republican revolution: There’s a great read over at Politico this morning about Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and how he, with his libertarian-leanings, is leading a new Republican revolution. “Facing his own primary challenge from the right next month, [Sen. John] Cornyn let everyone know he’s in sync with the Cruzes and Pauls of the Senate. ‘Every day, Ted and Rand and I wake up, get outta bed and push back on the Obama agenda,’ Cornyn said in introducing Paul, whom he called ‘one of the brightest new stars in the Republican Party, someone with courage, intelligence and principles who can help us win elections and reclaim our country,’” wrote Katie Glueck. “The gushing words underscored Paul’s remarkable trajectory within his party: from insurgent challenger four years ago, to headache for Senate leadership, to having the Senate whip himself offer Paul’s warm-up act.”

Poll: Americans reject Obama’s end-run around Congress

President Barack Obama has said that he will continue to take action into own hands when he can — what has been referred to as the “pen and phone” strategy — if Congress doesn’t act on contentious policy issues.

The White House and the administration has already defied the constitutionally-defined separation of powers, using executive orders and administration actions already on several different occasions. The most recent examples of his the illegal delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate and the minimum wage increase on federal contractors.

Interestingly, this legally questionable approach to policy-making is something that then-candidate Obama decried in 2008. “I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously,” he said on the campaign trail. “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.”

It seems that Americans agree more with candidate Obama on separation of powers than President Obama, who has continued the trend of concentrating power in the executive branch.

LA Senate: Conservative group hits Landrieu on canceled health plans

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is continuing its onslaught of issue ads against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) with a new spot hitting her on the canceled health plans, including 93,000 in Louisiana alone, caused by Obamacare’s narrowly written grandfathered plan regulations.

The ad features different families checking their mailboxes with narrators reading letters from insurance companies notifying them that their health plan had either been canceled or that their premiums had increased.

“Senator Landrieu is playing political games with real people’s lives,” AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement. “Politicians supporting Obamacare seem to forget that their actions have real consequences, such as the cancelled insurance plans, lost access to doctors, and skyrocketing health care costs that define the President’s health care law.”

The three-week ad buy is described as “significant,” though AFP didn’t say exactly how much it spent.

NC Senate: Hagan tops out at 40% against all GOP challengers

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Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) fails to capture more than 40% of the vote against any of her potential Republican opponents, according to a poll released this morning by Public Policy Polling, though the race remains competitive.

“Hagan is tied with Edward Kryn at 40% but beyond that trails the Republican field,” wrote Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling. “She’s down 2 points to Heather Grant, Mark Harris, and Thom Tillis at 41/39, 42/40, and 42/40 respectively, trails Greg Brannon by 3 at 43/40, and has her largest deficit against Ted Alexander of 7 points at 45/38.”

Though still statistically tied with most of her potential Republican opponents, the vulnerable Democrat’s numbers have fallen significantly in the past several months. In September, for example, Hagan lead Tillis by 15 points, at 51/36, and Brannon by 16, at 52/36.

Since that time, however, she has been significantly hurt by the disastrous Obamacare rollout and the canceled health plan controversy. Just 38% of North Carolina voters approve of the law, while 51% disapprove.

Hagan’s approval rating is at 41%, up slightly from 39% in January. But 50% disapprove of her job performance, according to the latest poll, also up from last month’s 49%.

LA Senate: Landrieu loses supporters over Obamacare

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is hoping that she can distance herself enough from President Barack Obama and his agenda just enough to convince Louisiana voters that she deserves another term in office. Which is, basically, what every Senate Democrat up for reelection is trying to do.

But some Pelican State voters aren’t satisfied with Landrieu, one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats running in 2014. Fox News talked with some voters in the state and found that the number one concern they have is Obamacare, and they know that Landrieu has stood by the law almost every step of the way.

“I voted for her every year, but I won’t be voting for her this year,” Karen Parson, a Republican and Landrieu supporter, told Fox News. “I think she let the state down on the Obamacare issue.” Parson’s husband, a Democrat, is also no longer in Landrieu supporter.

Though Landrieu has tried to create some space for herself on Obamacare by pushing legislation that would force insurers to keep health plans made illegal because of the law’s regulations, Shannon Triche still isn’t too thrilled with the Louisiana Democrat.

“It’s not going to make any difference. She made herself look good by saying that,” said Triche, who voted for both President Obama and Landrieu. “Didn’t change my opinion over on that issue. In the end, she voted for [Obamacare].”

KY Senate: Matt Bevin says McConnell can’t win this fall

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At an event sponsored by FreedomWorks PAC, Matt Bevin cited recent polls as evidence that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can’t win this fall, telling media in attendance that Kentucky voters should try something new:

In remarks at a Washington event sponsored by the tea party-affiliated group FreedomWorks PAC, Bevin painted himself as the only Republican who can beat Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in what is already among the most high-profile races of the 2014 midterm cycle.

“We run a tremendous risk of losing this seat in Kentucky to someone who does not represent Kentucky values,” Bevin said. “We run the risk of losing this seat because of a sense of apathy and a sense of fatigue for the career politician that is my opponent in this primary, Mitch McConnell.”
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“There are many reasons why who I am as a real person, in the real world, resonates with people,” Bevin told reporters, pointing to his family, military and business experience.

He added that Grimes “cannot get the anti-Mitch vote when she’s running against me. That’s a significant chunk of the voting bloc that are simply voting against him.”

The Courier-Journal and WKYT released a poll last week which found Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, leading McConnell by 4 points, 46/42. The poll also found that McConnell’s approval rating is underwater, at 32/60. By contrast, President Obama’s approval rating is at 34/60.


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