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Dem exodus from Washington has a common thread – ObamaCare: 12-30% of “enrollments imaginary
Hotair ^ | 01/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/31/2014 8:05:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Perhaps it was just the retirement of Henry Waxman that made this clear, but the pattern has been evident for the last few years. Sam Baker connects the dots for National Journal, and points out the dangers for Democrats who have to defend this system for the short-, medium-, and long-term future:

Congressional Democrats began the Obama administration with a deep bench on health care issues—one whose passion and collective experience far outstripped their Republican adversaries. That dynamic has now almost entirely reversed.

Since their razor-thin Affordable Care Act victory, nearly all of the Democratic lawmakers most experienced and most passionate on health care have either left Congress or announced their plan to leave this year.

And that’s a problem for Democrats, given that their passage of Obamacare has handed them responsibility for health care for the next decade. Republicans, meanwhile, will take every opportunity to attack the law—and blame any and all of the health care system’s problems on it. …

Democratic leaders and committed liberals can and will still defend Obamacare politically, along with the basic idea of universal coverage. But there aren’t many Democrats left who—like Waxman and some of his departing Congressional colleagues—are truly invested in the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act as well as other nitty-gritty health care issues.

It’s not just the House, either, and it’s not just this cycle. Senators Max Baucus and Tom Harkin both have decided to leave on their own, as did Chris Dodd, who took over the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee after Ted Kennedy died in 2009. Harkin chairs it now, while Baucus chaired the Finance Committee that manipulated the reconciliation process in order to get ObamaCare passed. Reps. Waxman and fellow Californian George Miller are taking a powder after this term, both key allies of Nancy Pelosi on ObamaCare, while Allyson Schwartz is leaving for a shot at the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.

It’s a dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise on health-care politicking. At the same time, Republicans are adding more doctors to their ranks. More to the point, as ObamaCare continues to fail and people experience more pain in the market disruptions, the GOP is gaining more credibility on health issues. Even in a relatively friendly WaPo/ABC poll this month, their usually commanding lead on this issue area is down to single digits, and well below a majority.

Today’s news about the difference between sign-ups and enrollments will make Democratic credibility erode even further if they continue to rely on Obama administration PR releases:

Around one in five people who picked health insurance policies on the state and federal exchanges last year haven’t paid their first month’s premiums, according to insurers polled by CNNMoney. These folks will likely see their policy selection canceled and they’ll be left uninsured.

Some 2.1 million people signed up for a plan in time for their coverage to start January 1, according to the Obama administration. But with the payment deadlines stretching until January 31 at the latest, anywhere between 12% and 30% of those folks still haven’t paid up, insurers say.

Most consumers were given until the middle or the end of January to pay their first premium, a necessary step to actually activating enrollment. Exchange officials and insurers repeatedly stressed the importance of sending in that first payment, with some following up with the slackers by phone or letter.

The true enrollment figure likely won’t be known for a few weeks.

All of those stories about enrollments assumed that sign-ups were equivalent. That assumption, like so many others about ObamaCare, is about to get a dash of very cold water.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014election; democratsobamacare; demsobamacare

1 posted on 01/31/2014 8:05:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t get you r hopes up. These guys will be replaced by other dems and will now get the multimillion consultant jobs that are waiting for them as payback for the welfare state

After yesterday’s amnesty cave-in, the Republicans won’t be getting elected to the democrat seats.

And that wish of taking the Senate? It died in Rancid Priebus’ arms yesterday.


2 posted on 01/31/2014 8:13:54 AM PST by oldbill
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To: oldbill

Given their districts, they will likely be replaced with fire-breathing “true believers” in single payer.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 8:15:55 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

It will be interesting to see who takes Harkin’s seat from Iowa.
This could be a pretty close race...


4 posted on 01/31/2014 8:17:57 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: SeekAndFind
"Some 2.1 million people signed up for a plan in time for their coverage to start January 1, according to the Obama administration. But with the payment deadlines stretching until January 31 at the latest, anywhere between 12% and 30% of those folks still haven’t paid up, insurers say."

And the other 70-88% signed up for Medicaid. Thanks, Obamacare.

5 posted on 01/31/2014 8:18:10 AM PST by cincinnati65
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To: SeekAndFind

Even looking at those who have paid the first month or two of premiums doesn’t tell the story. Reports are starting to appear of people paying a month or two, realize they are paying out the wazoo for ‘nothing’ (can’t come up with deductible at doctor’s office so no care or meet it so insurance not paying, higher copays, etc.) and they are dropping their plans.

Recent notice at a doctor’s office: if you can’t pay today (portion of deductible which was a minimum of $200 for procedures in office) .... or copay, then you will have to reschedule your appointment.


6 posted on 01/31/2014 8:18:44 AM PST by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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7 posted on 01/31/2014 8:25:56 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind

The sick thing is they’ll blame US for its failure because we didn’t support it.

That’s like blaming people for the sinking of a papier mache aircraft carrier because we told them in advance that it wouldn’t work.


8 posted on 01/31/2014 8:28:11 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sandra Fluke is being mentioned as a replacement for Waxman. Waxman is a moderate compared to her and whoever the Dem nominee is in that district will win. Replacements for those retiring Dems will for the most part result in an even more idealigically radical House and Senate.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 8:29:39 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: SeekAndFind
MORE LIES
10 posted on 01/31/2014 8:33:01 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SeekAndFind
The estimable Ed Morrisey's wrong in one detail. Max Baucus did NOT "..decide to leave on his own.." He'd seen his poll numbers..the good people of Montana were abut to toss him out on his ear..so he quit..
11 posted on 01/31/2014 8:51:17 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: cincinnati65

Impeach Obama in 2014. Period.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 9:31:47 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nothing short of total repeal will satisfy.
The government does not need to be involved in my health.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 9:37:12 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The con men always leave town when the money dries up or the Suckers get wise.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 10:04:02 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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