Quotable: 38% re-elect is the new Obama-normal, SHOCK: Politico poll finds health care reform cited as a key reason

Pelosi on her Dems on ObamaCare:

“Our members have stated where they are on it. They have voted for it. They stand by it.”

Hewitt on the cost of ObamaCare:

“Some Medicare Advantage plans have dropped out of the system completely (remember “You can keep your doctor and plan”?) and many child-only plans have been withdrawn –the first wave of provider casualties as Obamacare hammers the cost structure of existing plans forcing many out of the market.

“Choices are fewer, but what about the costs of those that remain?  The evidence is just now arriving.

“In Dallas, the average cost of employer provided insurance is up 9%.  Expect much of that to be passed on to employee, with employee contributions rising about 12% next year.

“Up north, in Milwaukee, employers are only going to get hit with an 8% hike, and employees’ share will only rise 11%. “

ObamaCare forces insurers to drop coverage for children:

Health plans in at least four states have announced they’re dropping children’s coverage just days ahead of new rules created by the healthcare reform law, according to the liberal grassroots group Health Care for America Now (HCAN)…

Insurers including WellPoint and CoventryOne have announced in recent days that they’re dropping children’s coverage in California, Colorado, Ohio and Missouri.

H/T Hoft and  Riehl.

ObamaCare’s provision to regulate the buying and selling of gold:

“One of the many slick tricks of the Obama administration was to insert a provision in the massive ObamaCare legislation regulating people who sell gold. This had nothing to do with medical care but everything to do with sneaking in an extension of the government’s power over gold …”

On the cultural change of hoarding in the United States, from Cohen in the New York Times:

“The ‘animal spirits’ of which Keynes spoke are on the prowl across the United States. Their mood is ugly. The spirits are wary and troubled. Corporations and individuals are hoarding cash, when they have any, because they’re not buying into the recovery.

“On a weeklong visit, I found a mood of deep unease in an America that seems to have descended into tribalism — not ethnic, but political, economic and social. Uncertainty is pervasive. The government’s rescue of Wall Street combined with the acute difficulties of a middle class struggling to get by on stagnant or falling incomes has sharpened resentments.

“This is not a momentary phenomenon. Nobody seems to think unemployment is going to fall significantly from 9.6 percent — a level more often associated with France — in the near future. Get used to the new normal.”

 Another “safe” Dem Senate seat moves to the toss-up column:

“The former wrestling executive has capitalized on the wave of anti-establishment anger and frustration with President Obama that has bolstered insurgent candidates across the country this election cycle. Seventy-six percent of voters say they are either dissatisfied or angry with the government. Of the 33 percent who said they are “angry” with the government, 78 percent back McMahon.

“And despite President Obama earning 60 percent of the vote in the Nutmeg State in 2008, 51 percent of likely Connecticut voters now say they disapprove of the job the president is doing.”

Roll Call reports Pelosi hits up Dem Committee Chairs in “rare appearance” for much needed campaign cash:

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a rare appearance before a meeting of Democratic committee chairmen last week to make a direct, pre-election appeal for cash.”

38% re-elect is the new Obama-normal (health care reform cited as a reason by Politico!):

“A significant majority of voters are considering voting against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, expressing sour views of his new health care law and deep skepticism about his ability to create jobs and grow the sluggish economy, according to the latest POLITICO / George Washington University Battleground Poll.

“Only 38 percent of respondents said Obama deserves to be reelected, even though a majority of voters hold a favorable view of him on a personal level. Forty-four percent said they will vote to oust him, and 13 percent said they will consider voting for someone else.”

Buyers remorse in Delaware and Pennsylvania:

“These are voters that care about debt and deficits,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster who conducted the poll. “Many of them are having buyer’s remorse.”

Dave Callahan, the owner of Newtown Hardware House, a 141- year-old business in Bucks County, “was really excited” to vote for Obama two years ago.

“Maybe I shouldn’t have done that,” said Callahan, 65. He said he would probably vote for Republican Fitzpatrick in the congressional election, after backing Murphy in 2008, to send a message to Obama.

U.N. appoints Earthling-Alien Ambassador:

“Mrs Othman is currently head of the UN’s little known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa).

“In a recent talk to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day human kind will received signals from extraterrestrials.

“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”

“Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law at the UK space agency who leads delegations to the UN, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person”.

First Lady to push ObamaCare with Nurses:

“Tuesday September 28, First Lady Michelle Obama will host a conference call with nurses from across the country to discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for nurses and their patients. The First Lady will be joined on the call with one of the highest ranking nurses in the Obama Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration Director Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN.”

Senator Murkowski to sell land:

“Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday she and her husband will sell back an undeveloped lot of riverfront property, a day after a complaint to the Senate ethics committee alleged that the purchase was a sweetheart deal.

“It was a judgment call that I made that allowed me and my husband to undergo a level of criticism that I believe is unfounded but has caused people to question me,” the Alaska Republican said of the purchase. “I’m not willing to compromise that trust for any piece of property.”

Then again, maybe she just needs the campaign cash.

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