Barack Obama is 'most admired man' for tenth year in a row, Gallup poll says!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/obama-immigration.jpg

Former President Barack Obama is the most admired man in the United States and has been for the past 10 years, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The poll found that 17 percent of respondents declared Obama as the man they most admired, with President Donald Trump in second place with 14 percent. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman with 9 percent of respondents, just surpassing the 7 percent who chose former first lady Michelle Obama.

A quarter of respondents did not name a man or a woman they admired most.

Gallup News notes that this year’s survey “marks the 16th consecutive year Clinton has been the most admired woman.” She’s held the title 22 times in total, more than any other person. The only man who has earned the distinction more times than Obama is former President Dwight Eisenhower, who was named the most admired man 12 times.

The polling group has asked Americans about their choice for most admired man 71 times since 1946 ― every year except 1976. The incumbent president has won 58 of those times. The incumbent presidents who did not place first included Harry Truman in 1946-1947 and 1950-1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1967-1968, Richard Nixon in 1973, Gerald Ford in 1974-1975, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George W. Bush in 2008.

“All but Truman in 1947 and Ford in 1974 had job approval ratings well below 50%, like Trump,” Gallup notes.

This year’s poll was based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 4-11, with a random sample of 1,049 people aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.




Hours after signing tax bill, Trump reportedly tells friends: 'You all just got a lot richer'

President Trump is spending the Christmas holiday with his family in Florida.

According to CBS News, he reportedly told friends at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, “You all just got a lot richer.”

The outlet notes Trump made the remark Friday night, hours after he signed the massive GOP tax bill in the Oval Office.

Proponents of the bill celebrate it as relief for the middle class that also provides a tax cut based spending stimulus for large corporations.

However, critics have blasted the legislation as being a giveaway to the rich.

“The rush to enact the tax bill was designed to mask — as a break for the middle class — what is, in fact, a $1.4 trillion package of benefits for key donors and lobbyists, the richest members of Congress, President Trump, his family and other families like his,” writes Thomas Edsall in a New York Times opinion piece.




Trump says Obamacare is repealed as administration announces nearly 9M just enrolled

About 8.8 million people signed up for insurance on the federal health care exchange during Obamacare's latest open enrollment period, a senior health official announced on Thursday.

The number — which topped expectations — was down only modestly from last year's 9.2 million signups despite a period that was half as long, a 90 percent cut by the Trump administration in federal advertising for the program, and a tumultuous year in which Congress repeatedly tried to replace the law and the president cut off cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to insurers.

The latest figures only included sign-ups through, the federal site used by 39 states, and not enrollments through state exchanges, some of which are still open.

Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced the approximate enrollment figures on Twitter and portrayed them as a victory that vindicated the Trump administration's "more cost effective" approach to promoting the law.


But the higher-than-expected signups ran counter to President Donald Trump's pronouncements this year that the law was "dead," "finished" and "gone," as well as his explicitly stated plan to "let Obamacare fail" in order to force Democrats to back its repeal.

His pronouncements about the law were so strong that insurers and health experts worried some customers would be confused during the enrollment period as to whether it still existed. As recently as Wednesday, Trump called the law "essentially repealed" after the House and Senate passed a tax bill that will repeal its penalty for Americans who forgo health coverage.

It's possible a major move by Trump that he predicted would cripple the law — his decision to end CSR payments, citing a legal dispute — actually boosted enrollment. While the shift raised premiums on paper, insurers and state officials reorganized plans in ways that often boosted subsidies for customers through the law. For millions of Americans, the result was cheaper coverage — in many places, high-deductible plans were available at a monthly premium of $0 while prices were down for low-deductible plans.

"Demand for affordable coverage this year was higher than it's ever been before, proving yet again the staying power of the ACA marketplaces," Lori Lodes, a former Obama health official who co-founded the grassroots enrollment campaign Get America Covered, told NBC News. "Enrollment defied expectations and all of the efforts by the Trump administration to undermine people signing up."





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