By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Young Americans are unhappy with virtually every major thing President Barack Obama has done since he was re-elected, but they would still vote for him today, according to the results of a Harvard University survey released on Wednesday. This increasingly influential demographic known as the “millennial generation” has been a traditional base of Obama’s support. Still, disapproval ratings were higher for both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. And a plurality of respondents, 46 percent, said they would still vote for Obama for president if they could recast their 2012 ballots, compared with 35 percent who said they would vote for the then-Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.
The countdown is on. The Nov. 30 deadline to get HealthCare.gov up and running is less than a week away, and while the rest of Washington is getting ready to depart for the Thanksgiving holiday, the site’s tech-surge team will continue to work close to…
October’s dismal Obamacare enrollment numbers were tempered by a bright spot for the White House: 1 million Americans who took the trouble to fill out an application on the tech-plagued site but have not yet picked a plan.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has a long list of reasons why its customers aren’t spending as much as hoped: the expiration of the payroll tax cut in January, the November rollback of food-stamp benefits and continued uncertainty in Washington. Now, the world’s largest retailer is hinting at a new one: the looming individual mandate to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Wal-Mart, which forecast continued gloominess through year-end, told analysts it would watch to see if the federal health-care law would take yet another chunk out of customers’ pocketbooks. “While it is not coming through in customer research, we do know that some of our customers are concerned about the impact of the Affordable Care Act,” Carol Schumacher, vice president of investor relations, told analysts on Thursday.
President Obama acknowledges that he was wrong when he said Americans could keep their existing health plans under the Affordable Care Act. He’s apologized, and he’s told insurance companies they should let people keep those plans for a year. On Saturday, their designated attacker as much as said Obama lied when he repeatedly assured the public, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. “President Obama’s so-called apology was as phony as his fraudulent marketing of Obamacare,” Sen. Johnson said.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A pair of testy public exchanges this week appear to have undone whatever good will was created between the Israeli and U.S. governments during a high-profile visit by President Barack Obama early this year.