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Gallup Poll Shows Americans' Views on U.S. Healthcare Quality Turned Downward with ObamaCare and More Government Control

Gallup just released a new survey summary under the sobering headline "Americans Sour on U.S. Healthcare Quality," but what's perhaps most notable is when the distinctive downturn began -- as ObamaCare took effect and government control over our healthcare increased significantly:

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January 31, 2023 • 04:20 PM

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Reporting On the Congressional Bipartisan Disapproval Resolution to Overturn the Biden Administration's ESG Climate Investment Rule:
 
 

"Every Republican senator and Democrat Joe Manchin are introducing legislation that they hope will terminate the Biden administration's new environment, social and governance (ESG) rule, which they say 'politicizes' the retirement savings for 152 million Americans.

The Biden administration's Department of Labor unveiled a rule in November, set to go into effect on Jan. 30, that allows retirement plan managers to factor environmental and social issues into investment decisions.

The bipartisan disapproval resolution led by Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., will be introduced Wednesday and a companion bill in the House will be introduced by Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky. Congressional passage of the resolution will allow Congress to overrule the administration and kill the regulation. ...

Under the Congressional Review Act, joint resolutions of disapproval cannot be prevented from being considered on the floor. The resolution will only require a simple majority vote threshold to pass and be sent to Biden, and supporters of the resolution expect at least one more Democrat to support it and pass it in the Senate."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Kelly Laco, Fox News
— Kelly Laco, Fox News
Posted February 01, 2023 • 08:45 AM
 
 
On American's Believing Government is the Nation's Top Problem:
 
 

"More Americans name the government as the nation's top problem in Gallup's latest poll, which encompassed the rocky start of the 118th Congress' term. With high prices persisting, inflation remains the second most-cited problem (15%), and amid elevated tensions about the southern U.S. border, illegal immigration edged up three percentage points to 11%. Mentions of the economy in general fell six points, to 10%, the lowest reading in a year. ...

"The government ranks as the top problem for both Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (24%) and Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (18%). Inflation and immigration are each cited by 18% of Republicans, while mentions of inflation (11%), the economy in general and race relations (9% each) trail the government among Democrats. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to view unifying the country and the environment as top problems. ...

"Gallup regularly tracks Americans' ratings of national economic conditions as excellent, good, only fair or poor, as well as their views on whether the economy is getting better or worse.

"Currently, more than four in five U.S. adults rate economic conditions in the country as only fair (38%) or poor (45%), with few describing conditions as excellent (2%) or good (15%). Furthermore, 72% of Americans say the economy is getting worse, 22% say it is improving, and 4% think it is staying the same."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Megan Brenan, Research Consultant at Gallup
— Megan Brenan, Research Consultant at Gallup
Posted January 31, 2023 • 08:12 AM
 
 
On Public Trust in the Centers for Disease Control:
 
 

"Just about everyone in America has an opinion on how the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) handled the COVID pandemic response -- and these opinions often follow political lines. However, trust in the agency is low among Americans of all political stripes, and even Director Rochelle Walensky has acknowledged that the CDC has failed to 'reliably meet expectations.'

"A lack of public confidence in the agency charged with controlling infectious diseases has myriad consequences. The CDC just announced a reorganization aimed at addressing at least some of its shortcomings during the COVID pandemic. The goal of CDC reforms should be to restore the agency's credibility and public trust, and this would be accomplished most effectively with a robust external review.

"COVID was a challenging time -- our information about it was changing rapidly -- and though some of the agency's efforts had positive results, there were clear, avoidable failures at the CDC. A panel of experts that convened at the American Enterprise Institute offered a helpful framework for understanding these failures that can be grouped into four categories: protocol tunnel vision, position consistency, scientific and disease data dissemination, and assisting local health departments and healthcare workers."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Havilah Wingfield, Visiting Fellow at Independent Women’s Forum and Fellow with Health Reformers Academy
— Havilah Wingfield, Visiting Fellow at Independent Women’s Forum and Fellow with Health Reformers Academy
Posted January 30, 2023 • 07:33 AM
 
 
Reporting on a Lawsuit by 25 States Against the Biden Administration's Recent ESG Rule:
 
 

"A group of 25 states on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden administration, arguing a recent rule allowing retirement plan managers to factor environmental and social issues into investment decisions violated the law.

"The lawsuit -- led by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and joined by 24 other states including Louisiana, Texas and Virginia -- challenges a Department of Labor (DOL) rule unveiled in November and which is set to go into effect on Jan. 30. The rule would open the door for fiduciaries to factor so-called environment, social and governance (ESG) considerations into Americans' retirement accounts, an action the states argued could significantly harm the financial interests of customers.

"'The Biden administration is promoting its climate change agenda by putting everyday people's retirement money at risk,' Reyes told FOX Business in a statement. 'Americans are already suffering from the current economic downturn.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Thomas Catenacci, FOX Business
— Thomas Catenacci, FOX Business
Posted January 27, 2023 • 07:59 AM
 
 
On How George Soros Funds ‘Fact Checkers’ to Silence Dissent:
 
 

"It's not enough for George Soros to fund the media and encourage stories that back up his point of view -- he has to make sure no one disagrees with it.

"Last year, Soros partnered with fellow leftist billionaire Reid Hoffman (the co-founder of LinkedIn) to financially back a project to fight so-called disinformation. The name they chose might have come from George Orwell himself: Good Information Inc.

"Branding anything that goes counter-narrative as 'disinformation' has become the left's latest strategy to fight anything that threatens their spin, and Soros has taken note."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Matt Palumbo, Author and Writer
— Matt Palumbo, Author and Writer
Posted January 26, 2023 • 09:05 AM
 
 
Reporting On the Biden Administration's Political Gamesmanship with Gas Prices and America's Strategic Petroleum Reserves:
 
 

"President Joe Biden took credit for knocking a few cents off of record-high oil prices after withdrawing millions of barrels from the nation's emergency strategic petroleum reserves (SPR), but records show his Department of Energy actually timed the first drawdown of the emergency oil supply to coincide with an already forecasted decline in oil prices.

"According to internal documents obtained by the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), administration officials acknowledged agency assessments that predicted a drop in oil prices ahead of the first SPR release in November 2021.

"The White House announced the first withdrawal of 50 million barrels of oil from the nation's emergency stockpile on Nov. 23, 2021, days before the Thanksgiving holiday as drivers faced sticker shock at the pump."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Tristan Justice, The Federalist
— Tristan Justice, The Federalist
Posted January 25, 2023 • 07:25 AM
 
 
On America's Immigration Crisis:
 
 

"With a new Congress, America's most ignored problem should once again be up for resolution.

"After not even visiting the border for years, President Joe Biden finally took a brief tour. The Republicans are flagging the millions of illegal crossings and the American people are upset that there has been no bipartisan resolution of the problem. Republicans get in, up goes a wall. Democrats get in, down goes the wall. That is not what Americans view as progress. ...

"Sixty-seven percent of Americans also think Biden's executive orders have encouraged illegal immigration, and 57% think they have increased the flow of drugs and crime into the U.S.

"Americans would be even more concerned about the border if they were fully informed. Voters actually vastly underestimate the scale of illegal border crossings. Sixty-four percent knew that illegal crossings have increased since Biden took office, but only 6% knew the extent -- between 2-3 million in the past year. The median voter underestimated the number of illegal crossings by a factor of 10. ...

"Giving people the facts on immigration made them want change more. When told that over 2.75 million people illegally crossed the border in the past year, 67% of voters, including 53% of Democrats, wanted Biden to enact new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of migrants. It turns out stricter immigration reform is a bipartisan issue."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Mark J. Penn, Chairman and CEO of Stagwell Inc. and Chairman of the Harris Poll
— Mark J. Penn, Chairman and CEO of Stagwell Inc. and Chairman of the Harris Poll
Posted January 24, 2023 • 08:21 AM
 
 
On News that Investigators Found More Classified Documents in President Biden's Home:
 
 

"President Biden seems to attract classified documents the way some people think motor homes attract tornadoes. They just inexplicably happen.

"After Biden publicly declared that he has 'no regrets' in the discovery of unlawfully stored classified material in various locations, he assured citizens that the special counsel investigation would soon peter out when they find that 'there is no there there.'

"Well, there turns out to be more there and the 'there' is yet another find in a private residence of Joe Biden."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
Posted January 23, 2023 • 07:43 AM
 
 
On House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's Decision to Deny Certain Democrats Committee Assignments:
 
 

"You may have noticed some establishment political media types feigning confusion over why Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is denying Democrats like Eric Swalwell committee assignments. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to do it.

"The most obvious is partisan retribution. Ever since Nancy Pelosi created a precedent by vetoing Republican picks for the Jan. 6 investigation, McCarthy had a ready-made justification for denying minority Democrats their own picks. It's only a bonus that Swalwell, an internet troll who was once duped by a ChiCom honeypot, will be denied a seat on the Intelligence Committee. As is the fact that Ilhan Omar, the antisemitic representative who equates the United States with terror groups like Hamas, will no longer have a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Neither are intellectually, philosophically, or experientially suited for such roles.

"Unlike Omar or Swalwell, however, the worst offender isn't a radical or fabulist or a person professionally unfit for the job. It's a person who blatantly breaks his oath of office. It is basically a constitutional imperative to deny the corrupt Adam Schiff any power."

Read the enire article here.

 
 
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and Senior Editor at The Federalist
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and Senior Editor at The Federalist
Posted January 20, 2023 • 07:48 AM
 
 
Reporting On How Energy Workers Have Not Forgiven President Biden for Killing Keystone XL Pipeline Jobs:
 
 

"Power the Future, a group that represents the interests of U.S. energy workers, published a video blasting the Biden administration for its decision two years ago to nix the Keystone XL pipeline.

"The video, first obtained by Fox News Digital, noted the pipeline cancellation -- which President Biden ordered via executive order on his first day in office in January 2021 -- led to thousands of job losses. It also highlighted comments Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry made following the cancellation arguing that fossil fuel jobs would be replaced with clean energy jobs.

"'From canceling Keystone to trying to cancel our gas stoves, Joe Biden has pushed his failed agenda and hasn't stopped since day one,' Daniel Turner, the founder and executive director of Power the Future, said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital. 'It's a pathetic coincidence that as this anniversary arrives, John Kerry is once again in Europe lecturing our families.'

"'Joe Biden's action cost tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars and every American family is still paying more every day,' Turner added."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Thomas Catenacci, Fox News
— Thomas Catenacci, Fox News
Posted January 19, 2023 • 08:34 AM
 
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"Every Republican senator and Democrat Joe Manchin are introducing legislation that they hope will terminate the Biden administration's new environment, social and governance (ESG) rule, which they say 'politicizes' the retirement savings for 152 million Americans.The Biden administration's Department of Labor unveiled a rule in November, set to go into effect on Jan. 30, that allows retirement plan…[more]
 
 
—Kelly Laco, Fox News
— Kelly Laco, Fox News
 
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Although early in Kevin McCarthy's tenure as House Speaker, how would you grade him on his performance thus far?