Democrats' Worst Week in Washington
This has been a very bad week for Democrats—perhaps their worst of the year.
Friday’s jobs report is not good for the American people and it reflects very badly on Democrat policies. Labor participation fell by a whopping 806,000 people, the lowest in the last 35 years. Even though the number of unemployed fell by 733,000, more job seekers gave up rather than found new employment.
Then, this afternoon, Speaker Boehner announced the formation of a select committee on Benghazi after new emails were released showing that the Administration blatantly misled the American public in the days directly following the terrorist attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi. The information had previously been kept from House committees of jurisdiction despite multiple subpoenas.
Bad as this news may be, it only capped off a terrible week for Democrats.
Last weekend, a Politico report pointed out that despite the front-end facelift, the back-end of HealthCare.gov is still not complete, meaning data from individuals cannot be accurately conveyed to insurers. Then on Monday, Kaiser Health News wrote that rates for plans under Obamacare would go up next year and that insurers are having trouble knowing what to charge because they are operating “with about a third of the information that we usually have.”
The real trouble for the Democrats started on Tuesday, though. First, National Journal reported that millenials are souring on the President. Then a Washington Post/ABC News poll showed the President’s approval rating slipped to 41 percent, the lowest ever in Post/ABC polls. Only 28 percent think the economy is improving, 44 percent approve of Obamacare, only 37 percent approve of the President’s implementation of his signature law, and registered voters prefer to see a Republican Congress to check the President by 53 to 39 percent. The results were echoed the next day with an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that said only 36 percent see the health care law as a good idea.
On Wednesday’s, the President’s failed economic policies took another big hit when the Commerce Department reported what the Associated Press described as a “barely discernible” 0.1 percent annual GDP growth rate in the first quarter of 2014.
From Wednesday to Thursday, a doubleheader of Obamacare reports knocked the Democrats again. First, the House Energy and Commerce Committee received data from every insurer on the federal marketplace saying that only 67 percent of individuals and families who had selected a plan as of April 15 had paid their first month’s premium. White House press secretary Jay Carney replied to the Committee’s numbers saying, “We don’t have hard, concrete numbers, but we dispute them.” Then, the New York Times reported Thursday morning that employer-provided health plans may well be near extinction by 2020 because of Obamacare, according to a projection by S&P Capital IQ.
Nearly every bit of bad news the Democrats received this week was self-inflicted. It is not coincidence. It was not fate. It’s bad policy. Republicans in the House have tried at every turn to mitigate or stop all of these avoidable errors, but for six years the Democrats have been in control and executed many of their plans. It’s no coincidence that nobody likes what they see.