By: Special Report Intern Gabriella Morrongiello
Five Senate Democrats have proposed rewriting the Affordable Care Act to end insurance policy cancellations, former President Bill Clinton critiqued the President for not delivering on his 'keep your insurance' promise, and Liberal policy-blogger Ezra Klein has been fairly critical of Obamacare's roll-out in his Washington Post column.
Unfortunately for the President, faith in his competence has diminished among more groups than just pundits and politicians.
A new Quinnipiac National Poll published recently shows a shocking shift with regards to Obamacare in the attitudes among Millenials-- who voted for President Obama by an overwhelming 66-32 percent margin in 2008.
The numbers include a 54 percent disapproval rating of President Obama's job performance by poll participants ages 18-29, and a 6 point spread favoring "Republicans in Congress" over the President in terms of who Millenials trust to do "a better job at handling health care."
The latter results reflect how significantly the disastrous Obamacare rollout has impacted Millenials' perception of the President. When the same poll was published on October 1 - the day the health insurance marketplace launched – Republicans in Congress trailed President Obama by 20 percent.
"If Obamacare never gets fixed, it might just sour the single best relationship the Democratic Party has: its love affair with the young," wrote Peter Beinart, a Liberal political pundit and senior political writer for The Daily Beast.
The recent poll also shows a downward spiral in the approval numbers for the President’s handling of the economy, immigration, foreign policy and the federal budget.
60 percent of poll participants ages 18-29 disapprove of how President Obama has handled the economy, 49 percent disapprove of his handling of immigration issues, 53 percent disapprove of his foreign policy, and 59 percent disapprove of how he has dealt with the federal budget. The President's response to terrorism was the only instance where Millenials awarded him an approval rating higher than the disapproval percentage.
If Millenials’ advocacy for big government continues to drop precipitously, Obamacare participation may be even less than anticipated.
"Are you 30 years old or younger and in good health? If you answered yes, congratulations, the future of Obamacare depends on you," wrote Matthew O'Brien, senior associate editor at The Atlantic.
What O'Brien and the Administration realize is that to prevent a "death spiral" and the skyrocketing premiums that would result, young healthy individuals need to enroll in the exchanges to shore up the subsidized system.
However, according to Sally Pipes, President of the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute, "the stats are showing that the young are not signing up."
When poll participants expressed in large number that they do not see the President as “honest and trustworthy” it spoke to a recent comment by Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post, “Obama may have run his last campaign, but there is still a lot riding for his agenda on the way he is perceived. And right now, the way he is perceived isn’t good.”