By Domenico Montanaro, Deputy Political Editor, NBC News
As the Obama administration girds for “glitches and bumps” along the path to full implementation of the health-care law, a new poll indicates many Americans are still unclear about the details of the new law and, in some cases, unaware it’s actually law of the land.
A whopping 42 percent of Americans do not know that the Affordable Care Act is, in fact, law. Included in that 42 percent — 12 percent believe it has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent think the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it, and 23 percent are unsure of its status, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll.
By Jen Brockman
(Photo: Associated Press/ Mary Altaffer)
One of the things that makes Mitt Romney’s 47 percent comment stand out is that it flies in the face of what we really know about most Americans and our work ethic.
As you probably know, Romney was recently caught telling a group of wealthy donors back in May, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”
Romney calls almost half of the American population “dependent,” “victims” who “believe that they are entitled” to the basic necessities. Keep that in mind as you read this next statistic:
90 percent of wage and salary workers were offered paid or unpaid leave in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only 21 percent used that leave. You can see the whole studyhere.
These are working Americans who were offered some form of time off and didn’t take it. And it’s not because they didn’t get paid. During an average week, 57 percent used only their paid leave. 40 precent used unpaid.
By Chris Mattnews
“Let me finish tonight with this: it’s what you do with what you’ve got.
Question: Would President Obama be better off if he’d won last week’s debate, but then had the jobless rate spike up three-tenths of a point to 8.5? Or is he better off for having lost last week’s first debate but seen the jobless rate drop down below 8 percent, down to 7.8 percent?
A political pro will say: go with what you got. You got a bad break on the debate but a great break on the jobless rate. Sell it! Get out there and hit the bricks, buddy. Let the other side talk up last Wednesday night. You get out there and sell what we all got Friday morning.
Reagan got elected with a sun-blazing “morning in america” with a 7.2 percent number. You ought to be able to get soundly re-elected with 7.8 percent. He won 525 electoral votes. All you need to do is get about a bit more than half that: 270.
So it may not be time for a “got it made” attitude like we had before the first debate, but it’s a very good time for some sound, solid, professional confidence that by taking the right steps now, going full bore on what you have to sell, you will win this thing.”