Skip to comments.Angry Dems bark at White House - “being dragged into this nonstop cycle”
Posted on 11/14/2013 2:17:29 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Furious congressional Democrats on Wednesday expressed exasperation with the White House for its bumbling implementation of ObamaCare.
The recent deluge of bad news on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has sparked widespread anxiety among Democrats, who are trying to win back the House and retain control of the Senate.
Democratic leaders are straining to keep their members from turning against elements of ObamaCare amid pressure from angry constituents. They have pressed the White House to propose solutions to help assuage the anxieties of lawmakers deluged by complaints over canceled insurance policies.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said President Obama should never have promised that people would be able to keep their health plans.
I listened to the president and I believed he was correct. I didnt realize there were all these codicils attached to it. I think he was done a disservice. Someone should have stopped him and said on his staff Theres this condition and that condition, Feinstein said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has planned a special meeting of the Senate Democratic Conference with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior administration officials for Thursday afternoon.
On Wednesday, Reid declined to answer questions about the healthcare laws faulty rollout until he had a chance to meet with White House advisers.
Obama called Reid on Tuesday evening to plot a strategy for healthcare and other issues as polls showed Democratic approval ratings sinking.
Were in the wild, wild west right now where everybody is working on their own ideas, a senior Democratic aide said. It would be better if were pulling in the same direction.
On Wednesday, House Democratic lawmakers vented their frustration over the administrations slow progress in fixing the laws problems during a meeting with David Simas, the White House deputy senior adviser for communications and strategy, and Mike Hash, director of the Office of Health Reform.
Democrats said they were concerned about being dragged into this nonstop cycle of bad news, according to another Democratic aide.
The senior officials left House lawmakers unsatisfied by providing few hints to what steps the administration may take to stem the public backlash.
Republicans could barely contain their glee watching Democrats scramble to escape fallout from a law that GOP leaders predicted would be a disaster.
Obviously, the panic has set in on the other side, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said. Its pretty clear now theres a stampede developing among House and Senate Democrats away from ObamaCare.
Pressure on Democrats increased further Wednesday afternoon when the administration released numbers showing that only 106,185 people had signed up for health plans through ObamaCare during the first month of the enrollment period.
A mere 26,794 people enrolled through HealthCare.gov, the website that became a joke on Saturday Night Live because of its many technical glitches.
Already five Senate Democrats have jumped onto a proposal sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would force insurance companies to allow people to keep health plans they like, even if they fail to meet ObamaCares strict standard.
The co-sponsors include Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), and Jeff Merkley (Ore.). Pryor, Hagan and Landrieu face tough elections next year.
In the House, two conservative Democrats, Reps. John Barrow (Ga.) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.), have endorsed a Republican proposal that would allow insurance companies to continue offering plans that fall below the standards of the Affordable Care Act.
Hagan has seen her 15-point lead over North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) vanish over the last two months. A new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, showed her up by only 2 points.
The rollout and early implementation is not going the way it should, and North Carolinians deserve better, Hagan said in a statement.
Close to a million people could lose their health insurance policies in California, and their complaints spurred Feinstein to sign onto Landrieus plan.
The key in the decision for me was California constituents, she said.
Unlike Landrieus legislation, the bill sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) would not place a mandate on the insurance industry.
Democratic leadership aides have warned those proposals could cause insurance premiums to swell in 2014 by keeping younger, healthier people out of ObamaCares insurance exchanges.
The White House has criticized Uptons legislation as a thinly veiled effort to gut ObamaCare, but it hasnt threatened a veto. Democratic leaders in the House have not indicated whether they will whip votes against it.
Just a month ago, House Democratic leaders pointing to the government shutdown were publicly getting more bullish about taking back the lower chamber.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday showed Democrats tied with Republicans in a generic congressional match-up, down from the 9-point lead Democrats held over the GOP on Oct. 1.
One House Democratic aide warned that if the administration doesnt provide a legislative fix by Friday, many members will go crazy. And unless it does, there could be a lot of defections to the Upton bill.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has a companion measure in the Senate. Every Republican in the upper chamber has backed it except for Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah).
Sen. Mark Udall (Colo.), a Democrat up for reelection in 2014, on Wednesday unveiled the Continuous Coverage Act, which would allow consumers to keep their current health plans through the end of 2015.
Democratic leaders hope administration officials can help get their party back on the same page by laying out a blueprint to improve the laws implementation.
Republicans will not back Landrieus plan because they say it places an unconstitutional mandate on the insurance industry.
A senior Senate Republican aide said it could force some insurance companies out of business by requiring them to maintain unprofitable insurance plans for small groups of policyholders.
LOL...Feinstein says she had no clue, and even then, it's all the staff's fault.
The bill was so huge - it made my brain hurt - we just trusted the leadership and the president - Wahaaaaaaaa!
Dear Feinstein and congressional Democrats,
READ THE DAMN BILL BEFORE YOU VOTE ON IT! NEVER, EVER GIVE UP YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL CONGRESSIONAL POWER TO REGIME TYRANNY.
Idiots. Didn’t know...you didn’t know because you chose to be an ignorant useful idiot, instead of doing your job to represent the people.
bullchit...they willing VOTED to put Americans further into despair, they knowingly carried on "the lie" riding the coattails into oblivion and their personal bank accounts.
Not a word about their constitutes that have to suffer through the Democrats insane Obamacare policy. They do not even concern themselves that they look like craven power hungry grifters.
He still has a high approval after lying. And he's not even done yet.
Of COURSE I didn't read it... NONE of us did ... we all knew it was a freedom grabber and an America destroyer and that's all that mattered ... but we never thought we'd lose our JOBS over it .. !?!.
The divide is growing daily and the GOP isn't doing anything, saying anything.
Boehner should be on National TV every day raising hell. He has a bully pulpit!
We don't have answers for the questions we're getting because we don't understand this law neither !
Our constituents are right and have a point ... this thing's a monstrosity and we need answers for them.
And don't tell us the usual "have a town hall" or something like that ... these people are outside with tar, feathers and rope.
It's all about Them!
The awfulness of having to listen to and deal with pi@@ed off voters who are CORRECTLY tying the lying to Them!
“Democrats said they were concerned about ‘being dragged into this nonstop cycle’ of bad news”
True, the news cycle hasn’t spun in a while. Either someone forgot to direct the MSM, or an “event” is behind schedule.
Be patient Dems - soon it’ll be “old news”. And if you don’t get handed a distraction, you and the Rinos can run out the clock by tinkering with ACA. The employee-based cancellations won’t happen for a year. Your seats are safe. /s
Bark? As in like a dog? Wonder if it was just a little “woof” or maybe like a whine?
Allowing some people to keep cheaper coverage through 2015 will only further stiff those who for whatever reason have to get new coverage before them, because not only will they be screwed with paying more in 2014, that difference will increase dramatically for 2015, when they are forced to carry even more of the weight of the bill for the sick-insured also in the exchange.
Agreed. This is a case where that spin less jelly fish Boehoer needs to dig through his storage bins, locate his spine and get the right message the Obamacare is the result of Democrat policies.
“.................. UPMC Health Plan, the insurance arm of hospital giant UPMC, said it enrolled fewer than 200 people to date.
Aetna Inc., which is selling health plans on the website in Western Pennsylvania under its HealthAmerica subsidiary, declined to say how many people it enrolled.
On a conference call with reporters, Sebelius would not provide information on ages of enrollees. Young people, who are typically less costly to insure because they tend to be healthier, may not sign up for coverage because it is likely that premiums will cost more than the penalty they face for not carrying coverage. If most people who buy insurance are older and sicker, insurers might raise premiums.
The ages of people who bought from Highmark so far are skewing older, Ash said, though she noted that enrollment volumes are still low, so demographics at this point may not provide a total picture.
She said a large portion of shoppers selected Highmark Community Plans, the least expensive plans for sale in the region. Those plans exclude UPMC hospitals and doctors as in-network providers.
Obamacare opponents have criticized the president for promising that people could keep existing health insurance even as cancellation notices hit people whose individual health insurance policies didn’t measure up to the law’s requirements.
In Pennsylvania, Highmark and other nonprofit Blue Cross companies sold tens of thousands of those plans to people with chronic illnesses who could not obtain coverage elsewhere.
Ash said Highmark isn’t tracking whether people whose plans were cancelled have purchased plans through the website.
They may enroll with us or with another carrier, so it’s difficult to determine exactly where each of those have gone in the system, she said.”
So, overturning Obamacare will require a veto override, which is hard to imagine.
What's left is a CYA vote.
I wonder if there will be defections to the GOP.
I can't remember any legislative debacle that's even remotely close to this.
What's stunning is that 40% of the people still trust the Commie.
These f’n Commies need a swift kick in the azz.
We need more RINO's like a hole in the head.
For a long time there's been the reliable 30%. Now that Obama's locked an anchor (Obamacare) on the economy, millions of people are out of work (have no insurance) and succumbed to the crippling siren song of unemployment checks and food stamps, the Left has "grown" their base.
The consequences of 'political correctness'...scared to criticize a black man, especially when being polled over the phone.
VOTERS DEMAND TO KNOW: "Why didn't Di/Fi read the bill before voting for it three years ago, and warn voters about what would happen"?
Mmmmmmmm....those angry cards and letters to Di/Fi really got to her---since she, like most of the Dimwits, didn't give a fig about constituents' opposition before this.
Di/Fi figures about a million voters could lose policies, thanks to her stupidity...now she's scurrying to save her sorry ***----signing onto Lousisana Dimwit, Mary Landrieus bill.
Mary Landrieu (Dim-La) has legislation all the desperate Dims who stupidly voted for Boobamba/Care think could save their seats......mandating that those "rotten insurance companies" re/offer plans that were cancelled by Obama and Dims own stupidity (a pie-eyed impossibility).
As for "Little Mary Sunshine, " she's desperate to save her seat---they got her on tape on the Senate floor---parroting the ruinous Obama phrase "if you like your plan you can keep it."
Dimwits hope to dupe the voters---a-g-a-i-n---by creating the impression insurance companies----not Obamacare, and their votes----caused the cancellations.
“..........................With the media spotlight stuck on ObamaCares woes, Democratic campaign officials tried Wednesday to change the subject.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began issuing ads attacking 31 House Republicans over the specter of another budget showdown and possible government shutdown in the new year.
Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the DCCC, also circulated a memo to House Democrats warning, the worst may be yet to come.
Israel blasted Republicans for refusing to rule out another damaging government shutdown over defunding the Affordable Care Act and failing to produce a budget.
Democratic strategists predict that the ObamaCare website will get fixed soon and that their party would be able to point to the laws benefits and attack Republicans for supporting full-scale repeal.
The other side of the argument is powerful, said J.B. Poersch, the head of a Democratic super-PAC focused on Senate races.
The pushback here is pretty simple: Republicans are all tied up with the health insurance companies, and the contributions prove it. And theyre not for anything. Theres no GOP plan or replacement.
But other strategists warn that if ObamaCare doesnt start working well and soon they could suffer a heavy toll in 2014.
Democrats can sign onto different bills or push different things, but the message coming out of any particular candidate or campaign isnt as important as what people are actually seeing, the facts on the ground, said one senior Democratic strategist.
Individual Democratic candidates can try to differentiate themselves, but past election results show that doesnt work.
More of the same....At least the party of destruction is consistent.
In the meantime, Sen. Cruz is busy writing a repeal and a fix for millions who have lost their insurance.
So, how about this for a strategy, follow a true leader for a change!
Or you can at least stay out of his way! (RINOs included)
...note how Pelosi has gone awol......another one of Durbin’s guarantee’s has fallen flat on it’s face....another missing grinning rat
...but not the spine
REMINDER Three years ago, every Democrat voted AGAINST Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi's bill to protect policyholders from the ruinous effects of Obamacare-mandated cancellations, that we are seeing now.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HASTEN THE COLLAPSE OF LIBERALISM? ........get a summary of Republican Mike Enzi's pro-policyholder amendment, with a list of EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRAT who voted against protecting policyholders.
Use the career-ending info in upcoming elections....in letters to the editor, ads, fliers, bumper stickers, lawn signs, etc.
Do not get in the way and let the Democrats drown. All democrats voted for it and so all should take the hit.
Do not vote for extensions, delays, modifications or anything. The GOP offered to delay and / or change, but was rebuked and mocked.
So let it burn and do not do anything to distract.
Right on. Ted Cruz said just the other day that the loss of policies was debated on the Senate floor after Obamacare was passed. The liars all knew and said nothing.
Seems to me that I remember doing a lot of kicking and screaming myself.
More outright lies from the left. They aren’t being dragged into shit. They couldn’t WAIT to line up and vote for socialized healthcare without even reading the damn bill or having proper dialog about it. They rammed it, now they can CRAM it...every last one who voted for it - Dems and Pubs alike. Shameful pieces of shite should be thrown out, if not jailed.
Remember Diane, you gotta pass it to find out what’s in it.
she’s also stating Obama should have been warned. She’s claiming ignorance on his behalf. Once more he has no idea.
He clearly takes the title of most clueless president ever.
Video of Grandma "Mimi" Pelosi describing her 5-year old grandson's worries about Syria and how she, Mimi, described the gassing of hundreds of children (used her grandson's supposed concern) as a vehicle to "splain" Obama's plans to bomb "prick" Syria to the people of America).
And the Dims all made fun of the folks who thought that they should actually read the Bill before voting for it. They all knew that there was some really bad stuff (not counting the horrible precept itself) and did not want it known before it became "The Law of the Land". I wish someone would point this out to all the Dims who now claim they were blindsided.
Let me point out three simple facts.
1. Suspending this event and allowing insurance companies to revert back to “ok” policies at 2013 type rates....with the time left in this year....is a virtual impossible task. Some companies may have a set plan (hidden) and be prepared to come out in a week and save their old customers. But the bulk of the companies probably won’t engage on this, and if they did...they would have to raise the rates by twenty percent as a minimum.
2. Is there any proof that the gimmick Affordable Healthcare Act can even be fixed in twelve months? Let’s be honest and humble there.....anyone truly think it’d be working right with fifty-two more weeks?
3. Who says that the Republicans in the House would readily stand up and pass some Senate bill? If I were Boehner....I’d say fine, but there’s six other things I want attached to it. I’d want Holder removed as AG, I’d want the President to agree no campaigning for three months, and I’d want a budget deal that is highly desirable for Republicans.
It’s amazing to view this mess now, and the difference in media attitude back in early October....it’s like night and day.
Might have something to do with government snooping on the reporters and their sources.
They’re panicking big time!
The ba$tards voted for odumbocare and are trying to hide to avoid the fallout of failure. They know the voters are going to make changes and all they are worried about is saving their own hides and cushy jobs. Time they all get run off the farm and away from the gubmint trough.
As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and were saying not just no, but hell no!
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obamas death panel so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their level of productivity in society, whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.
Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the presidents health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors.
We must step up and engage in this most crucial debate. Nationalizing our health care system is a point of no return for government interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path, there will be no turning back. Ronald Reagan once wrote, Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life well ever see on this earth. Lets stop and think and make our voices heard before its too late.
- Sarah Palin
It’s time to send the Dems home and the collectivist/Progressive Pubbies, too.
Keep in mind that the only people who benefit from collectivism are the rich and the poor. Everyone else has to bend over and...
So, you "listened" to Obama and "believed" him and didn't "realize" what was in the bill.
Great going you doltette!
And you, Feinstein, should be totally rejected by the voters for not reading the bill and understanding what was in it and as such being derelict in your duties. What a great public servant you are!
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