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Dems: Fixes not enough on O-Care
The Hill ^ | December 11, 2013 | Alexander Bolton

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 there’s 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 don’t meet the law’s requirements; and Udall wants to expand the pool of people included in the individual insurance marketplace.

“I’m not satisfied yet,” said Shaheen. “I’m still talking to people in New Hampshire to see what challenges we’re 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 it’s not functioning well and the crisis remains unresolved,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who added that he’s 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 Landrieu’s 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 wouldn’t describe it as solved. I think the implementation really is just beginning,” said Bennet. “They’ve 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.

“I’m 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. “There’s nothing about this [law] that’s 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 year’s election.

Democrats facing reelection say legislation is needed to require insurance companies to continue offering plans that people like but fall short of Obama-Care’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014election; aca; obamacare; website

1 posted on 12/11/2013 4:20:57 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

*smiles*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVL1Olreik8&feature=youtube_gdata_player


2 posted on 12/11/2013 4:23:31 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ve got my own fix:

REPEAL ALL DEMOCRATS


3 posted on 12/11/2013 4:36:25 AM PST by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Democ(Rats) are abandoning the sinking ship, proving once again that, in politics, the number one motivating force is self-preservation.


4 posted on 12/11/2013 4:36:39 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree ( July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
There’s nothing about this [law] that’s etched in stone...

But, I thought it was the "law of the land" and couldn't be changed.

Maybe all 'rat politicians should be issued teleprompters so they can keep their talking points straight.
5 posted on 12/11/2013 4:37:26 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


6 posted on 12/11/2013 4:39:02 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Doogle

Unbelievable!

;)


7 posted on 12/11/2013 4:39:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


8 posted on 12/11/2013 4:42:42 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


9 posted on 12/11/2013 4:51:49 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Landrieu wants to mandate that insurance companies continue to offer plans that people like, even if they don’t meet the law’s requirements”

Wow


10 posted on 12/11/2013 4:55:26 AM PST by Darth Reardon (Is it any wonder I'm not the president?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey Dems- you liked it well enough to vote for it- what’s the problem?


11 posted on 12/11/2013 4:56:44 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it. Period.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They want to mandate that the insurance companies keep offering plans that had to be cancelled in order to comply with Obamacare. When those insurance companies (and state regulators) refuse - and some have already - the Dems will run against the insurance companies and blame the Republicans. The LIVs will eat this up and then the clarion call for single-payer will commence.

All going to plan.

12 posted on 12/11/2013 4:57:30 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
So, now that 2014 is nearly here, concern (faux) is on parade by some dim-0-crats and even a few RINOs.

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.

13 posted on 12/11/2013 4:57:53 AM PST by jamaksin
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Leave the President alone! HE'S BUSY...


14 posted on 12/11/2013 5:02:16 AM PST by moovova
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To: moovova

The Danish PM, I’d hit it.


15 posted on 12/11/2013 5:02:45 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
NEWS! NEWS1 NEWS!

This disaster is NOT the creation of CZAR Gosnell Goebbels!

It is an example of one of the present DEMOCRAP initiatives to change our form of government. The ludicrous part of this is the Rats who are scampering to cover their part in this offensive. Everyone of them should be flushed from public office as you would your toilet, because the composition is the same.
16 posted on 12/11/2013 5:04:50 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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.

Centrists? Landrieu and centrists are not the same!

17 posted on 12/11/2013 5:06:25 AM PST by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Colin Powell Endorses Single-Payer Health Care
18 posted on 12/11/2013 5:09:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Darth Reardon

Exactly. Let’s break the law in order to comply with it. Only in Bizarro World.


19 posted on 12/11/2013 5:13:38 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: central_va

“The Danish PM, I’d 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.


20 posted on 12/11/2013 5:26:05 AM PST by moovova
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Alternate headline:

Panicked Democrats Announce Turd-Polishing Caucus.

21 posted on 12/11/2013 5:32:46 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Democratic lawmakers are worried other potential problems could crop up.

Yes, potential problems like voters people who lost their policies, and come January 1, will likely have no healthcare.

22 posted on 12/11/2013 5:35:49 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: zipper

“Die quickly” bump.


23 posted on 12/11/2013 5:37:23 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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?


24 posted on 12/11/2013 5:43:03 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

“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.


25 posted on 12/11/2013 5:47:14 AM PST by Progov
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To: Progov

A conservative alternative to Obamacare

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20131209-a-conservative-alternative-to-obamacare.ece


26 posted on 12/11/2013 5:57:17 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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 don’t meet the law’s requirements; and Udall wants to expand the pool of people included in the individual insurance marketplace.

So Ted Cruz is not a hostage taker, an extortionist, and a jihadist after all.

27 posted on 12/11/2013 5:58:26 AM PST by randita
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To: Caipirabob

How many restaurants and stores will close because of the hundreds more a month going for healthcare.


28 posted on 12/11/2013 6:20:03 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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They want to mandate that the insurance companies keep offering plans that had to be cancelled in order to comply with Obamacare. When those insurance companies (and state regulators) refuse - and some have already

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.

29 posted on 12/11/2013 6:27:18 AM PST by EVO X
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To: leprechaun9

Yep

It’s designed to drive small business out of business.

Example

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.


30 posted on 12/11/2013 6:56:03 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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!”


31 posted on 12/11/2013 7:00:06 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I can’t wait to lick their tears.


32 posted on 12/11/2013 7:55:41 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

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.


33 posted on 12/11/2013 8:09:20 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: Caipirabob
Just wait until the first quarter obamacare driven bankruptcies start rolling in.

Just wait until those suffering from cancer or other deadly diseases do not get life saving treatment.

34 posted on 12/11/2013 8:30:53 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Obama is a proven liar)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I predict that if they do pass a law allowing changes to ObamaCare, the narcissist Prez will veto it.


35 posted on 12/11/2013 8:41:22 AM PST by Din Maker
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