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Morning Examiner: The more Americans know, the more they oppose Obamacare

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Except for a very brief post-reelection blip, President Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, Obamacare, has always been immensely unpopular with the American people. Now, less than two months before the law’s health insurance marketplaces are supposed to be up and running, Gallup again confirms what we already knew: America still rejects Obamacare.

The more you know, the more you hate it
Overall, 49 percent of Americans told Gallup they disapprove of Obama’a Affordable Care Act, while just 41 percent said they approved of it. Compare those numbers to the 48 percent of Americans who said they approved of the law after Obama’s reelection, and the 45 percent who said they disapproved.

Digging deeper into the poll, Gallup found that those Americans who said they were “very” or “somewhat” familiar with the law disapproved of it by a much wider margin (55 percent disapprove/42 percent approve). And just 24 percent of Americans said they believed Obamacare would make their families healthcare situation better, while 72 percent said that it would either “not make much difference” (34 percent) or make their healthcare situation worse (38 percent).

With headlines like these…
If you want to know why Americans like Obamacare less and less the more they know about it, just ask the Nevada AFL-CIO which vigorously lobbied Congress to pass the law in 2010. Now, they hate it. On Wednesday, the Nevada State AFL-CIO passed a resolution stating: “The unintended consequences of the ACA will lead to the destruction of the 40 hour work week, higher taxes and force union members onto more costly plans.”

And then there are headlines like these:
Atlanta Business Chronicle: Forever 21 reducing work hours due to ObamaCare
CNN: UPS cuts insurance to 15,000 spouses, blames Obamacare
NBC News: Businesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours
Reuters: Obamacare, tepid U.S. growth fuel part-time hiring
Forbes: Obama Administration Has Missed Half Of Obamacare’s Legally Imposed Implementation Deadlines

Unless the Obamacare exchanges roll out seamlessly, it is hard to see how these numbers get better.

From The Washington Examiner
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Editorial: Tax dollars for Obamacare video contest aimed at ‘young invincibles’
David Drucker: Obamacare, immigration reform may make immigrants cheaper to hire than citizens
Sean Lengell: UPS drops health insurance for employee spouses, blames Obamacare
Steve Contorno: Goodlatte says Obama administration to blame for spike in asylum requests
Brian Hughes: NSA illegally collected thousands of Americans’ emails
Michael Barone: ‘Stop and frisk’ doesn’t target minorities, it protects them
Joel Gehrke: Obama team revives gun control push with Columbine email
Sean Higgins: Unraveling the mystery of ‘Gasland’ director Josh Fox’s drilling lease
Ashe Schow: President Obama still claims the NSA is not spying on Americans
Charlie Spiering: ‘Carlos Danger’ releases Spanish campaign ad
Conn Carroll: The NRCC’s online war on Obamacare
Tim Carney: BlackBerry’s fall, and why big business hates the free market
Veronique de Rugy: To deal with waste, fraud, and abuse, cut spending

In Other News
The Wall Street Journal, Fed Stays Course on Bond Buying: Federal Reserve officials reaffirmed their plan to try winding down an easy-money program that has charged up global markets but left investors on tenterhooks about when or how aggressively they would move.
Reuters, Syria gas kills hundreds: Syria’s opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people on Wednesday by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept.
McClatchy Newspapers, New EPA chief to visit Alaska over controversial mine proposal: New Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy plans to visit the site of Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine next week as she decides whether to block the massive project to protect one of the world’s last big runs of wild salmon.
The New York Times, Obama’s Plan Aims to Lower Cost of College: President Obama plans to announce a ranking system for colleges based on tuition, graduation rates and the percentage of lower-income students who attend, and he ultimately wants to link those ratings to federal aid.

Lefty Playbook
Nicole Wallace says Ted Cruz is ‘Lying to the Voters.’
Nate Cohn says Terry McAuliffe is overcoming the GOP’s turnout advantage.
Jonathan Cohn says Obamacare is not causing firms to switch to part-time employment.
Think Progress attacks Rick Perry for seeking $100 million in Obamacare funds.

Righty Playbook
Megan McArdle explains how Democrats may lose their media edge.
Erick Erickson on the $100 million hit Obamacare is giving to Delta Airlines.
Jonathan Strong reports that senior Boehner Super PAC aides are lobbying for amnesty.
Jason Bedrick on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s war on school choice.

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