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Democrats’ Worst Fear For 2014: ObamaCare?

- April 26, 2013

DEMOCRATS ARE BEGINNING TO AGREE WITH THE PUNDITS THAT OBAMACARE IS SHAPING UP TO BE A “MAJOR PROBLEM” FOR THEM IN 2014

National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar: “@joekleinTIME Writes An Obituary Of Sorts On ObamaCare. This Shaping Up As Major Problem For Dems In 2014.” (Josh Kraushaar, Twitter Feed, 4/3/13)

Democrat Pollsters Are Voicing Their Concern That ObamaCare May “Hurt Democrats In 2014.”  “In an informal poll of Democratic insiders, many of whom shepherded Democrats thorough the dismal 2010 elections, almost all voiced concern about the potential for the issue to hurt Democrats in 2014.” (Amy Walter, “Will Health Care Be Sleeper Issue Of 2014?” The Cook Political Report, 4/3/13)

  • Democrat Pollster: “It’s A Concern That Many Of Us Have Voiced.” “‘It is a concern that many of us have voiced,’ said a prominent Democratic pollster.” (Amy Walter, “Will Health Care Be Sleeper Issue Of 2014?” The Cook Political Report, 4/3/13)

Democrats Are Taking Their ObamaCare Concerns Straight To The White House

Democrats Expressed Their Displeasure Of How Obama “Was Carrying Out The Health Care Law” And That They May “Pay A Political Price” For ObamaCare. “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.” (Robert Pear, “Democratic Senators Tell White House Of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout,” The New York Times, 4/26/13)

  • Democrats Are Now Being More Vocal In Their Criticism Of ObamaCare. “But they’re more willing to support certain changes to the law, such as repealing its medical device tax. And they’re more open to criticizing the implementation — particularly on an issue like choices for small businesses, which was a key part of the rhetorical push to pass healthcare reform in 2010.” (Sam Baker, “ObamaCare Takes Friendly Fire,” The Hill’s Health Watch, 4/12/13)

Facing Reelection In 2014, Senator Jeanne Sheehan (D-NH) Told The White House That Small Businesses In Her State Are Clueless In Complying With ObamaCare. “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.’” (Robert Pear, “Democratic Senators Tell White House Of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout,” The New York Times, 4/26/13)

  • Senator Jeanne Sheehan (D-NH) Said That Restaurants In Her State Could Be Planning To Reduce Workers’ Hours In Order To Avoid ObamaCare’s Mandates. “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 law’s requirement to offer health coverage to full-time employees.” (Robert Pear, “Democratic Senators Tell White House Of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout,” The New York Times, 4/26/13)

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) Is Concerned About ObamaCare’s Impact On Health Care Premiums, As Health Insurers In Maryland Have Filed Rate Increases Averaging 25 Percent.  “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.” (Robert Pear, “Democratic Senators Tell White House Of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout,” The New York Times, 4/26/13)

Senate Health, Education, Labor, And Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) Is Upset With Obama For Taking Funds From ObamaCare’s Prevention Fund To Publicize The Law. “Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on health care, said he was extremely upset with Mr. Obama’s decision to take money from public health prevention programs and use it to publicize the new law, which creates insurance marketplaces in every state.” (Robert Pear, “Democratic Senators Tell White House Of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout,” The New York Times, 4/26/13)

  • In An Act Of Defiance Over Obama Raiding ObamaCare’s Prevention Fund, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Is Blocking Confirmation Of Obama’s Nominee To Head The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services. “To express his displeasure, Mr. Harkin has blocked Senate action on Mr. Obama’s nominee to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn B. Tavenner. By putting a ‘hold’ on the nomination, aides said, Mr. Harkin hopes to draw the White House into negotiations on the future of the prevention fund, which he has championed.” (Robert Pear, “Democratic Senators Tell White House Of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout,” The New York Times, 4/26/13)

Senator Mary Landrieu Has Voiced Her Concerns About The Delay Of The SHOP Exchange. “Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told The New York Times the delay will ‘prolong and exacerbate health care costs that are crippling 29 million small businesses.’” (Sam Baker, “ObamaCare Takes Friendly Fire,” The Hill’s Health Watch, 4/12/13)

Democrat Senator Max Baucus (D-MT): “I Just See A Huge Train Wreck Coming Down.” MAX BAUCUS: “‘I just see a huge train wreck coming down, you and I have discussed this many times, and I don't see any results yet.’” (Committee On Finance, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 4/17/13)

Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) Said ObamaCare Was “Probably The Most Complex Piece Of Legislation Ever Passed” And That “Up To This Point It Is Just Beyond Comprehension.” JAY ROCKEFELLER: “I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress. Tax reform obviously has been huge too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension.” (Committee On Finance, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 4/9/13)

“33 Senate Democrats” Voted For A Non-Binding Measure That Would Repeal ObamaCare’s Medical Device Tax. “Democrats are also complaining more openly about other implementation delays. And the substance of the law itself isn’t immune from bipartisan criticism — 33 Senate Democrats cast a non-binding vote last month to repeal the law’s tax on medical devices, saying it’s a threat to innovation that could raise costs for consumers.” (Sam Baker, “ObamaCare Takes Friendly Fire,” The Hill’s Health Watch, 4/12/13)


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