If the Affordable Care Act is President Obama’s legacy, admit both to intensive care — at the hands of his own party. Fearful that the botched rollout, the millions of cancelled insurance policies and the late-night TV jokes threaten their chances in next year’s congressional elections, Democrats are at the very least sweating it out in the waiting room.
Bill Clinton all but called for the heart paddles, pressuring Obama to make good on his oft-repeated promise that no one would lose their insurance under his plan: “I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”
Despite Obama’s apology last week and vow to fix things, Democratic lawmakers are beside themselves that his White House is not helping them find a solution.
CA Senator Dianne Feinstein joined Democratic colleague Mary Landrieu of Louisiana in sponsoring legislation – so far not endorsed by the White House — to restore insurance coverage for those who’ve been cancelled.
Frightened House Democrats are prepared to join Republicans on a similar proposal to change Obamacare that the White House warns “will undermine the law.”
So far the Administration is refusing medication, not even the Feinstein/Landrieu fix the President seemed to be calling for last week.
We see that as throwing the baby out with the bath water.” — White House spokesman Jay Carney