Skip to comments.Dems: Fixes not enough on O-Care
Posted on 12/11/2013 4:20:57 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Senate Democrats facing tough reelections say President Obama has not done enough to fix the botched rollout of his healthcare law and are vowing to repair it themselves.
The Senate Democratic leadership is not on board with lawmaker plans to begin rewriting ObamaCare and have urged for more time to assess the changes made by Obama and his team, lawmakers say.
Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Mark Udall (Colo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) are discussing a multi-faceted plan to rework parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Landrieu, Shaheen and Udall face reelection next year.
The [ObamaCare implementation] upgrade has been significant, but theres more work to be done, said Udall.
Sen. Landieu, Sen. Heitkamp, Sen. Shaheen and I are all working on a package that would incorporate our ideas, he added.
Shaheen wants to extend the enrollment period for the ACA; Landrieu wants to mandate that insurance companies continue to offer plans that people like, even if they dont meet the laws requirements; and Udall wants to expand the pool of people included in the individual insurance marketplace.
Im not satisfied yet, said Shaheen. Im still talking to people in New Hampshire to see what challenges were facing.
We have had a conversation about possibly introducing a package of fixes at the appropriate time, she added in a later conversation.
The anxious centrists have an influential ally in Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) recruited to serve as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Bennet said his colleagues facing challenging elections in 2014 should get a chance to vote on their bill, and said he would bring the issue up with Reid.
Senators are hearing a lot about ObamaCareare back home.
In my home state, we have our own exchange. Unfortunately its not functioning well and the crisis remains unresolved, said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who added that hes glad some progress has been made.
Merkley, who is also up for reelection in 2014, said he would like to get a chance to vote on Landrieus proposal to allow people to keep their policies.
The topic came up briefly at a Tuesday lunch meeting, but Reid has urged the group of centrists to be patient and put off action until after Jan. 1.
We talked about coming back after the holidays and reassessing where we are, said a lawmaker who requested anonymity.
Bennet met quietly with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough in late November to discuss how the White House could help vulnerable Senate incumbents in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout.
The administration gave itself a deadline of Dec. 1 to fix the technical glitches that had made it very difficult to sign up for insurance plans through HealthCare.gov, the portal for the federal exchange.
Democratic lawmakers are worried other potential problems could crop up.
I wouldnt describe it as solved. I think the implementation really is just beginning, said Bennet. Theyve made progress, which is good, but we need to keep working.
Bennet and other Democrats have expressed concerns about what many expect to be a wave of new ObamaCare regulations.
Im concerned about the regulations which have yet to be issued, said Angus King (Maine), an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.
He expressed concern that businesses providing healthcare coverage could be hit by excessive paperwork demands.
This town seems to like issuing regulations, he added. I think the administration should be exceedingly careful about the onerousness of the regulations that are issued.
Bennet said there should be an easier process to repeal ill-conceived rules related to healthcare and other issues.
People who are hearing from their constituents about parts of the healthcare law that need to be changed or in their view, need to be changed they need to be listened to and heard from, he said. Theres nothing about this [law] thats etched in stone, so I expect there to be modifications, both administrative and legislative.
Asked whether he was satisfied with the fixes made by the administration so far, Bennet responded, No.
In October, the administration announced it would delay penalties for people who fail to sign up for healthcare coverage.
Last month, Obama issued an order to allow insurance companies to continue offering health plans that failed to meet the requirements of the ACA.
The administration also delayed the enrollment deadline for plans beginning on Jan. 1 and pushed back the enrollment period for plans covering 2015 until after next years election.
Democrats facing reelection say legislation is needed to require insurance companies to continue offering plans that people like but fall short of Obama-Cares standards.
They also have called for additional extensions of the enrollment periods and delays in penalties.
For every day in delay in being able to utilize the website, there should be a day added to the back end so people do not feel they are not up against a wall and have appropriate time to make the transition as originally envisioned in the bill, said Merkley.
I’ve got my own fix:
REPEAL ALL DEMOCRATS
Democ(Rats) are abandoning the sinking ship, proving once again that, in politics, the number one motivating force is self-preservation.
Hire me. With a team of 10 I can get it done, but now the timeframe will be later. Shoulda hired me to begin with.
The disaster hasn’t even started, it’s just getting up to speed. Just wait until the first quarter obamacare driven bankruptcies start rolling in. That on top of the economic devastation wrought by the sudden destruction of expendable income since its all going to obamacare now.
The joined cry from the left and the right will be frightfull. It may be loud enough to topple a tyrant.
The only fix is repeal. They will see this as the election approaches. Who will be the first dem to say this? Because it is coming.
“Landrieu wants to mandate that insurance companies continue to offer plans that people like, even if they dont meet the laws requirements”
Hey Dems- you liked it well enough to vote for it- what’s the problem?
All going to plan.
This will be the case and persist until election day +1; then it is back to shut-up-and-take-your-medicine.
Words are not Actions. And, Actions are not Results.
The Danish PM, I’d hit it.
Centrists? Landrieu and centrists are not the same!
Exactly. Let’s break the law in order to comply with it. Only in Bizarro World.
“The Danish PM, Id hit it.”
I’m sure our American POS was thinking the same thing...maybe even thinking he’d get lucky if he could cart FLOTUS back home early in her cattle car.
Panicked Democrats Announce Turd-Polishing Caucus.
Yes, potential problems like
voters people who lost their policies, and come January 1, will likely have no healthcare.
“Die quickly” bump.
These Senators are morons. Obama and Pelosi sacrificed 65 Democrats in the house for O-Care. Many were “blue dogs” that just got elected 2 - 4 years earlier. Reid has hung on to the Senate by GOP stupidity. Do these Senators really think Obama, a self absorb egomaniac really care about their seat?
“Democ(Rats) are abandoning the sinking ship, proving once again that, in politics, the number one motivating force is self-preservation.”......
Now that they passed it, the demodummies decided to read “odumbocare” and find it is not such an ideal program. Now, they want to change it to save their own skins.
A conservative alternative to Obamacare
So Ted Cruz is not a hostage taker, an extortionist, and a jihadist after all.
How many restaurants and stores will close because of the hundreds more a month going for healthcare.
According to our local paper, one of the insurance providers in the area said 20K people can keep their old insurance plans for one more year. However, the premiums are ~22% more.
It’s designed to drive small business out of business.
McDonalds gets a waver other smaller hamburger joints don’t.
Drive the small hamburger joints out of business and McDonalds gets more business.
McDonalds then supports the existing govt. with their increased income.
Government and business working together.
You can call it crony capitalism, you can call it The Third Way, but no matter what you call it it’s still National Socialism.
The “fixes” will be a mix of populist platitudes (you WILL keep your doctor) and even more Socialism. They will never see the light of day in the House.
This is all about Dem Sens being able to go to their voters and say “Hey, I TRIED to fix it!”
I can’t wait to lick their tears.
Only democrats voted fro this bill...
Democrats didn’t bother to read “Obamacare” because they couldn’t wait to have hundreds of healthcare companies lined up outside their offices with wads of money to ‘tweak’ t regulations in their favor.
Democrats are a bunch of corrupt liars... they deserve to be thrown out of office.
Just wait until those suffering from cancer or other deadly diseases do not get life saving treatment.
I predict that if they do pass a law allowing changes to ObamaCare, the narcissist Prez will veto it.