Skip to comments.Panic: Democrats Fear Another Obamacare Backlash
Posted on 04/29/2013 8:42:37 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
Within months of Democrats ramming through Obamacare without a single Republican vote, the American people responded, pummeling the president's party at the polls. Republicans gained 63 seats in the House, six United States Senators, six governorships, and nearly 700 seats in state legislatures nationwide. Conservatives had their temporary political revenge, we were told, but Democrats would get the last laugh because Obamacare was sure to become more popular once Republicans' scurrilous smears against the law were shown to be false. How's that working out?
Democratic senators, at a caucus meeting with White House officials, expressed concerns on Thursday about how the Obama administration was carrying out the health care law they adopted three years ago. Democrats in both houses of Congress said some members of their party were getting nervous that they could pay a political price if the rollout of the law was messy or if premiums went up significantly. President Obamas new chief of staff, Denis R. McDonough, fielded questions on the issue for more than an hour at a lunch with Democratic senators. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, who is up for re-election next year, said, We are hearing from a lot of small businesses in New Hampshire that do not know how to comply with the law. In addition, Mrs. Shaheen said, restaurants that employ people for about 30 hours a week are trying to figure out whether it would be in their interest to reduce the hours of those workers, so the restaurants could avoid the laws requirement to offer health coverage to full-time employees. The White House officials acknowledged that these are real concerns, and that weve got to do more to address them, Mrs. Shaheen said. Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on health care, said he was extremely upset with Mr. Obamas decision to take money from public health prevention programs and use it to publicize the new law, which creates insurance marketplaces in every state.
Obamacare is impossibly complicated to comply with, is impeding hiring, and is causing businesses to lay off workers and cut back on other employees' hours? Why, who could have possibly seen that coming? Oh, that's right -- every single critic of Obamacare could. And did. Back to the grumbling Democrats:
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, said he told White House officials on Thursday that he was concerned about big rate increases being sought by the largest health insurer in his state. The company, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has sought increases averaging 25 percent for individual insurance policies that will be sold in the state insurance exchange, and it is seeking increases of about 15 percent for small businesses. The company said the higher premiums reflected costs of complying with the new law.
Obamacare is hiking up people's premiums? Why, who could have possibly... Katie noted last week that other Hill Democrats are nervously conceding that the, ahem, "Affordable Care Act" doesn't actually contain costs either. Shocking, I know. The Left is spooked because the law they force-fed the American people is shaping up to be a "train wreck" and a "third world experience," to quote the law's chief author and administrator, respectively. And now the more problematic elements of the president's top legislative "accomplishment" are slated to roll out next year; the supposedly popular bits were front-loaded for political reasons. (And how is that going thus far? Let's ask a bunch of people with pre-existing conditions for their verdict). Obamacare remains unpopular, and Democrats are grappling with growing fears that a 2010-style backlash may befall them in 2014, when the law they advertised as a legislative panacea is exposed as an unaffordable, unwieldy, logistical headache -- all in real time.
The dependent class is unconcerned, and happy. A great number of blue collar types are content, still unaware how bad it will get under Obamacare.
The media is providing cover unlike anything Ive ever seen. Any problems are either just bumps or can be directly blamed on Republicans.
Democrats have nothing to fear, given the media has long since dropped any pretense of being unbiased.
On my way to work this morning I was listening to the local NPR station (not many Freeper post start that way...only station with news..I always consider the source). They did a story about how the local community college is cutting hours for part time professors to save on insurance...NEVER a mention about 0bamacare being the cause...just out of the blue cutting hours,
I think some of the dumber ones probably thought it’d work. Most didn’t. Either way, I don’t think they expected to get blamed when it failed ... and now they’re seeing the train coming down the track.
You’re right about that. After making himself look like an idiot on the sequester and failing miserably on gun control, this president is finished. No more of his agenda will be passed through the legislative branch. Amazing that he lost to a bunch of real losers, the GOP leadership.
With no chance of taking the House back for Piglosi, and with several senate Democrats jumping ship into retirement giving Republicans a better chance at the Senate than in 2012, Obama will be lucky to finish with Bush’s reputation.
Hillary is the next U-Boat to focus on, armed with torpedoes of female struggle, class warfare, and vote rigging.
Soap box Ballot box
What's the third box?
Oh yeah, that explains why the feds are buying up billions of rounds of ammo. I don't think this is going to end well.
Cartridge Box is always last.
” Dont underestimate the power-mad dictator-he will do anything to stay in power.
He and his Chi/mobs in the WH are the kingpins of Chicago political crime-they know all the ropes.”
I’m ready for another march on Washington with millions of Americans with signs stating we told you so and how’s all this prosperity working out for you?
Actually it is the Affordable Care Act,if that is so why is congress and their aids begging for exemptions because they can’t AFFORD IT!
Whooo Woooo Woooo!
Full Speed Ahead.
I just paid my real estate taxes today. It's itemized. The "local community college" portion ( a small per-cent of the over all bill) went up from $36 per year to $79 per year. No explanation,just went up over 100%.
90% or more of the total bill, for elementary and high school, with those bills further subdivided showing pension costs, with the elementary school's pensions being the highest at 14%, high school at 8%.
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My, aren't you optimistic. Once the MSM dumps this in their spin machine, it'll come out that all of the pain in Obamacare is due to the despicable, evil Republicans.
By the end of the day, the low info voters will be convinced that the Repukes demolished the finest health care system ever conceived by the mind of man.