CHRIS MATTHEWS: One area where the president has clearly taken a hit is on the question of trust. In the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Americans were asked to rate the president on the qualities of being honest and straightforward. 37% rated him good, 43% said poor. And that's it. If you look at where he was on these issues in January, you see his numbers have taken a big hit and those numbers have essentially been reversed. You know, I do think this is a problem and I support the president -- or I agree with him on a lot of these issues, obviously, David, but the question of that claim he made if you have a health insurance policy, you're happy with it, you'll get it keep it was a pretty simple broad promise. He hasn't been able to keep it, it's not there. Is there anyway to fix that? I notice he's doing things like our interview last week, which I'm glad he did, certainly. Is part of that just getting out with young people, especially and showing he's there to answer their questions? Or what? DAVID AXELROD: I think part of it is being honest about it, and he has been honest about it. Part of it is getting it fixed as best that you can. There's no doubt that that is at the core of the problem when you come to this measure, and I think he was ill-served because I'm sure when he said what he said he believed it. When they put the grandfather clause in, he believed that that would take care of these kinds of transitional problems. It didn't. And, you know, I think the real lesson here is don't ever speak in absolutes because there's always going to be an exception and that exception is going to become an example that your opponents lift up. And in this case, there were many examples.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews praises House Speaker John Boehner for calling out conservative groups opposing the Ryan-Murray budget plan. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Howard, I've been waiting for that Boehner for many years now, and I know we've all seen it now. That's the Boehner we've been rooting for, someone to be a leader. HOWARD FINEMAN: Well, Chris, I think far from ending the civil war within the Republican party, I think the events of the last 24 hours have just made it all-out war now.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, at every level, every number that you get on this is either inflated or deceptive. As we just heard from Steve [Hayes], the number of enrollees are not enrollees. It's people who put stuff in their shopping cart. Amazon would never call it a sale until you get a sale. And they don't know how many have made the sale. And that's because what they call euphemistically, the back-end, which is the cash register of the whole system, is not working. The idea that you have to hand-match people who paid a premium with the insurers isn't 20th century technology, it is 19th century technology. An insurer has to find the person, call them up, go overall of the details on the form and then adjust them, which of course is impossible to do in any substantial number. The administration speaks about having had 3 1/3 million signed up by the end of December. They are 3 million short as of now. There is no way it is conceivable that they could sign up that number and even if they did it is not conceivable that the insurers could hand-match the information. I think all of this is to assuage Democrats to give them something to hang their hats on and pretend everything is okay on the recess, but the beginning of January is going to be a train wreck for them.
ED HENRY, FOX NEWS: At the top, responding to Jim, you were saying that if anyone signs up by December 23rd, they will be, quote, in a position to get insurance. But his question was are you guaranteeing that they will get it? Not that will be in a position to get it, but if you sign up on December 23rd, are you guaranteeing you'll have insurance on January 1? JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: That is the deadline we have established for individuals. That if people who sign up [by] December 23rd, that that's what they needed to do in order to qualify for insurance coverage by January 1st. We have individuals who are -- we have a team of experts, actually, more than individuals, these are experts -- who are in place to make sure that the proper linkages are connected between the insurance companies and individual who are enrolled. HENRY: You are trying, but you can't guarantee it? EARNEST: No. We are confident that by December 23rd we'll have ironed out these problems and, yeah, Mr. Zients himself has said that we are confident that past and future 832 issues will be resolved.
CNBC: House Republicans "capitulated" in agreeing to the two-year budget deal reached last night and left the country to deal with an unsustainable fiscal situation until the peak of the presidential primaries in 2015, when nothing will get done, former federal budget director David Stockman told CNBC on Wednesday. "First, let's be clear"”it's a joke and betrayal," Stockman, who served under President Ronald Reagan, said on "Squawk on the Street." "It's the final surrender of the House Republican leadership to Beltway politics and kicking the can and ignoring the budget monster that's hurtling down the road."