Obama schedules five fundraisers on West Coast as approval rate plummets

Neil Munro White House Correspondent
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President Barack Obama goes in search of 2014 campaign funds next week, with a campaign swing to Washington state and California that will take him to five fundraisers.

He’s stopping in Los Angeles to talk about the stalled economy at a staged event at DreamWorks Studios, and in San Francisco to talk up an unpopular immigration reform bill, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday. (RELATED: White House plans PR makeover for Obamacare)

He flies to Seattle on Sunday, San Francisco on Monday and back to D.C. on Tuesday, for Thanksgiving.

Obama needs to stage many fundraisers to mount his 2014 campaign, in which he hopes to gain a Democratic majority in the House, and to keep his majority in the Senate. (RELATED: Senate immigration bill to boost Democrats by 2020)

Those hopes have been fractured by recent polls, which show his support crashing to 40 percent, and below 40 percent in critical swing-voting suburbs.

House and Senate Democrats worry that the public is rejecting Obamacare’s takeover and the politicization of the nation’s healthcare system.

The trip may help Obama shift media attention from the Obamacare crisis.

Obamacare regulations cancel health insurance policies needed by at least four million Americans, block Americans’ access to their favored doctors and spike health-care costs for many wage-earners, while also forcing Americans to seek Obamacare subsidies to pay for their increased costs.

On Friday, officials announced they would change Americans’ plans for their 2015 insurance policies to delay the release of 2015 price-hikes until after November 2014 election.

Results from past mid-term elections show that presidents with approval below 50 percent lose seats. If presidential approval drops below 40 percent, the president’s congressional allies may lose many seats.

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