Along with their poll numbers…
Via Hot Air
President Obama’s job approval rating fell to 47% for the week ending April 11, the lowest of his administration so far by one percentage point.
Obama’s weekly job approval average has fluctuated within the narrow four-point range of 47% to 51% since January of this year. The current weekly average more than anything else represents a continuation of the president’s generally lower approval ratings this year compared to the higher ratings he enjoyed in his first year in office.
On a short-term basis, Obama’s latest three-day average (Friday through Sunday) is at 45%, with disapproval at 48% — both of which are the worst three-day averages since Obama took office.
In the immediate days after the bill’s passage, Gallup showed a slight bump upward in Obama’s approval ratings, which Democrats hailed as the big comeback they’d predicted. But the overall direction of Obama’s approval numbers during the health-care debate has been plain to see. He started off with a 66% approval rating in May, as Nancy Pelosi readied the bill for consideration, and 59% in June when it was unveiled. He has lost a third of his support since its introduction, and Gallup reports that even among their sampling of the general adult population rather than registered or likely voters (a sample type that is traditionally more sympathetic to Democrats), ObamaCare remains unpopular.
In a nutshell: The judge passed on getting involved, stating that the issue needs to go through the proper channels within the Division of Insurance. As if the appeals process will yield a different result from the Patrick-backed commissioner.
Judge Stephen E. Neel’s decision against granting the preliminary injunction sought by insurance companies means the state’s rejection of 235 proposed rate increases stands for now. The higher rates would have taken effect April 1.
The judge rejected the companies’ contention that the insurance market would be thrust into chaos if they could not quickly institute the higher rates. But the ruling is not the final chapter in the battle. Insurers are pursuing appeals within the Division of Insurance. If their appeals are turned down, the court would take up the case later this spring.
During the appeals process, last year’s base rates for what is known as the small-group market will remain in effect. Neel also denied the insurers’ request for an expedited trial.
The case has focused a national spotlight on the tug of war between regulators and a health care system over mounting costs for consumers and businesses.
Governor Deval Patrick, who imposed emergency regulations that set the stage for regulators to reject premium increases, hailed Neel’s decision as a victory for small businesses and families that have been burdened by years of rising health care expenses.
The “big victory” for Deval is a huge defeat for the NON PROFIT insurers and the individuals and small businesses who will be shut out as the insurers refuse to sell new policies until the dispute is “settled.”
It’s like having an ObamaCare crystal ball.
Cartoon by Lisa Benson via Townhall