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Obama’s ObamaCare Trust Deficit

- November 15, 2013

Obama Can't Trust His Own Caucus To Toe His ObamaCare Line

DEMOCRATS HAVE A CHOICE -- STAND WITH OBAMA OR STAND WITH THEIR CONSTITUENTS

House Democrats Are Expected To Vote For A "Bill That Would Allow Insurance Companies To Continue Selling Plans Canceled Under ObamaCare." "House Democrats expect dozens of their members to vote for a Republican bill that would allow health insurance companies to continue selling plans canceled under ObamaCare through 2014, the first test of support on Capitol Hill since the law's disastrous rollout." (Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan, "Democrats Gird For Defections On ObamaCare Vote," Politico, 11/15/13)

Today's Vote Is One Of The Democrats' "Toughest Tests Of Party Loyalty In The Five Years Of The Obama Administration." "The political fallout from the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act is presenting congressional Democrats with one of their toughest tests of party loyalty in the five years of the Obama administration." (Paul Kane And Jackie Kucinich, "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress," Washington Post , 11/14/13)

  • 40 To 50 Democrats Are Expected To Buck President Obama With Their Votes. "Senior Democratic aides say between 40 and 50 of their members might support the bill, penned by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.)." (Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan, "Democrats Gird For Defections On ObamaCare Vote," Politico, 11/15/13)
  • Washington Post Headline: "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress." (Paul Kane And Jackie Kucinich, "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress," Washington Post , 11/14/13)

DEMOCRATS NO LONGER HAVE FAITH IN OBAMA'S ABILITY TO LEAD

"President Barack Obama's Credibility May Have Taken A Big Hit With Voters, But He's Also In Serious Danger Of Permanently Losing The Trust Of Democrats In Congress." (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

After The ObamaCare Debacle, It's Tough For Democrats To Have Faith In The President. "The ObamaCare debacle has been bad enough that it's tough for Democrats to take on faith that the president can fix the problems. (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

  • Obama's Allies Are No Longer Sure It's Wise To Follow Him Into Battle. "His one-time allies are no longer sure that it's wise to follow him into battle, leaving Obama and his law not only vulnerable to existing critics, but open to new attacks from his own party." (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13) 
  • House Democrat And Obama Supporter: "I Don't Know How He F-Ed This Up So Badly." "'I don't know how he f--ed this up so badly,' said one House Democrat who has been very supportive of Obama in the past." (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

Obama Can Expect Criticism From Democratic Lawmakers, While They Distance Themselves From His Policies. "For five years, congressional Democrats have often sprung to his defense - or remained quiet - when Obama's been in trouble, even though many have long complained that he and his team have ignored their interests and concerns on a wide variety of legislative and personal matters. Now, Democratic sources say, Obama can expect that lawmakers will be quicker to criticize him - and distance themselves from his policies - than they have in the past. With Obama now free of the demands of running for reelection, the gloves are off, they say." (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

Democrats Are On Their Own When They Face Their Constituents On ObamaCare

Vulnerable Democrats Will Have To Stand Before Their Voters And Explain The ObamaCare Problems. "Congressional Democrats are on the line in 2014. Many of them voted for ObamaCare, defended it in 2010 and will have to stand in front of voters next year and explain the problems. (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV): "I'm Concerned About My Integrity With Voters That Have Returned Me [For] 38 Years." "Rep. Nick J. Rahall II (W.Va.), a 19-term veteran targeted in 2014 by Republicans, said ads are running against him in his district based on the president's promise to allow Americans to keep their health-care plans 'I'm concerned about my integrity with voters that have returned me [for] 38 years. They know me enough to know I wouldn't purposely mislead them and that I'm an honest, straight shooter,' he said. 'They have that confidence in me, and I want to continue for them to have that confidence in me. I just need to find the answers myself.'" (Paul Kane And Jackie Kucinich, "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress," Washington Post , 11/14/13)

  • Rahall: Obama's Credibility Has "Been Damaged, No Question About It." "Rep. Nick Rahall, a veteran West Virginia Democrat, said the president will have the chance to restore his credibility on Capitol Hill. 'It's been damaged, no question about it. But it can be repaired,' Rahall told POLITICO. 'There's just been some unforseen problems here or unintended consequences that I think have certainly led to a misrepresentation about what was said during the campaign and what many people - myself included - believed at the time.'" (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

Rep Michael Capuano (D-MA) Says The ObamaCare Debacle Has Shaken His Faith In Obama's Ability To Foresee And Address Future Issues. "Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) told McDonough he was happy that the president was trying to address the problems but that the episode shook his faith in the administration's ability to foresee and address future issues. (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

  • Capuano: Obama Should Delay The Mandate. "In particular, Capuano said, members of his staff have had just as much trouble signing up for the new exchanges as Americans across the country. He told McDonough the president should delay the mandate that individuals buy insurance or pay a penalty, which is the vital mechanism for constraining prices for people who buy coverage through the exchanges." (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

"Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) Even Chided The White House For Failing To Set Up A Way For Consumers To Sign Up For Insurance Through Smartphone Apps." (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA): Obama Was Probably A "Little Too Overconfident And The Rhetoric, Perhaps, Got A Little Hyperbolic In Terms Of How Perfect This Is." "Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who passionately defended the law in the closed-door meeting Thursday, acknowledged in an interview that the White House was probably a 'little too overconfident and the rhetoric, perhaps, got a little hyperbolic in terms of how perfect this is.' But he also acknowledged it is more difficult for House Democrats to sign onto the White House's promises right now, particularly the assurances that the website will be fixed by the end of the month." (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

Democrats Who Have Supported ObamaCare Say Obama's Plan For An "Administration Fix" Isn't Enough For Them. "Even some Democrats who have been big supporters of the Affordable Care Act told McDonough that Obama's plan for an administration fix to address health plan cancellations isn't enough for them. They need a bill to get behind. Translation: In addition to skepticism about the policy, it's not good politics for them to just fall in line behind Obama on the fix." (Jonathan Allen And Jake Sherman, "Trust Frays Between President Obama, Democrats," Politico, 11/14/13)

OBAMA'S FAUX FIX TO OBAMACARE HAS DEMOCRATS SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS ELSEWHERE

"Senate Democrats Are Still Considering Legislation To Repair President Barack Obama's Broken ObamaCare Promise, Despite The White House Plans For An Administrative Fix." (Burgess Everett, Seung Min Kim, And Jennifer Haberkorn, ""Senate Democrats Not Fully Satisfied With ObamaCare Fix," Politico, 11/14/13)

Vulnerable Senate Democrats Are Assembling Legislative Alternatives To Save Themselves From The Disastrous Rollout. "In the Senate, moderate Democrats facing reelection battles next year have assembled legislative alternatives designed to fix some of the problems and provide political cover for themselves." (Paul Kane And Jackie Kucinich, "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress," Washington Post , 11/14/13)

  • Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) On Obama's Administrative Fix Proposal: "We Still May Have To Fashion Some Legislation, And We're Going To Continue To Work That." 'The president's guidance was welcome and well received, but we still may have to fashion some legislation, and we're going to continue to work that,' Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), lead sponsor of a bill similar to the House draft, told reporters after the McDonough meeting." (Paul Kane And Jackie Kucinich, "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress," Washington Post , 11/14/13) 
  • Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Voiced Support For Landrieu's Alternative Health Care Bill. "Landrieu's bill got another boost a few hours after Obama rolled out his fix, when she got the support of Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who isn't up for reelection until 2018. In joining Landrieu, Donnelly criticized Democrats for not wanting to "change anything" and Republicans for being fixated on repeal. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is unlikely to allow a vote on that legislation anytime soon." (Burgess Everett, Seung Min Kim, And Jennifer Haberkorn, ""Senate Democrats Not Fully Satisfied With ObamaCare Fix," Politico, 11/14/13
  • Sen Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Has Signed Onto Landrieu's Bill Because It "Goes A Little Further" Than Obama's Fix. "Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who has also signed onto Landrieu's plan, said he is still backing that bill because it 'goes a little further' than the administration's proposed fix." (Burgess Everett, Seung Min Kim, And Jennifer Haberkorn, ""Senate Democrats Not Fully Satisfied With ObamaCare Fix," Politico, 11/14/13
  • Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) Has Said He Would Continue To Push For The Alternative Udall Bill. "Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), said he was continuing to push for the Udall bill, which is also co-sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). All those senators are up for reelection next year. 'I'd make it permanent if I could, but I'm thinking at least two years should be on the table,' Begich said." (Burgess Everett, Seung Min Kim, And Jennifer Haberkorn, ""Senate Democrats Not Fully Satisfied With ObamaCare Fix," Politico, 11/14/13

"Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), A Popular Former Governor, Supports Landrieu's Effort And Said He Will Need To See How Obama's Announcement Works With The Insurance Markets." (Paul Kane And Jackie Kucinich, "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress," Washington Post , 11/14/13)

  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Is Also Supporting Landrieu's Bill As A "Matter Of Restoring Credibility." "Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who is backing the Landrieu plan, said the votes are a matter of restoring credibility." (Burgess Everett, Seung Min Kim, And Jennifer Haberkorn, ""Senate Democrats Not Fully Satisfied With ObamaCare Fix," Politico, 11/14/13)

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA): "A Lot Of Us Felt There Was No Sense Of Urgency To Get This Done." "'A lot of us felt there was no sense of urgency to get this done,' said Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.), a reliable liberal vote, who had publicly threatened to back the Upton bill unless the White House and leadership responded. Instead, Democrats are crafting an alternative to the Upton bill and, along with the administrative fix, will have enough political cover to go home and defend themselves - for now." (Paul Kane And Jackie Kucinich, "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress," Washington Post , 11/14/13)

"A Large Number Of Such Defections Would Be A Policy Blow To The Law, But It Would Be An Even More Significant Political Gut Punch To The President." "A large number of such defections would be a policy blow to the law, but it would be an even more significant political gut punch to the president. The White House on Thursday night said the president would veto the GOP bill if it came to his desk." (Paul Kane And Jackie Kucinich, "Heath-Care Law's Problems Test Loyalty Of Democrats In Congress," Washington Post , 11/14/13)

AS OBAMA LOSES HOUSE AND SENATE DEMOCRATS, HE IS ALSO ON THE VERGE OF LOSING HIS CLOSEST ALLIES - THE FAR LEFT

"President Barack Obama … Is Now In Danger Of Losing The Left." "President Barack Obama never had the right wing on health care, has potentially lost the middle and with his attempted administrative fix is now in danger of losing the left." (Reid J. Epstein, "Liberals To President Obama: Keep It Together," Politico, 11/14/13)

  • Liberal Angst Is Growing Against Obama For His ObamaCare Bungled Implementation And His Attempt To Save Face On His "Keep Your Plan" Promise. "It's all part of the growing liberal angst about Obama's health care rollout. The failure of HealthCare.gov to launch was one thing, but Obama's move Thursday to allow people to keep substandard insurance policies is, for many of them, a bridge too far. They want Obama to make sure the law isn't killed piece by piece and don't like the idea of giving the health insurance industry more power than it already has." (Reid J. Epstein, "Liberals To President Obama: Keep It Together," Politico, 11/14/13)

MoveOn.Org Wants Obama To Stand Up For ObamCare, Rather Than Try To Fix ObamaCare. "Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, said her members don't want to see Obama accede to demands that he weaken the health care law in order to satisfy congressional critics. 'They don't want to see this law eviscerated by death by a thousand cuts,' Galland said. 'They want to see the law strengthened, they want to see the website work and have the law do all the good things it's already doing.'" (Reid J. Epstein, "Liberals To President Obama: Keep It Together," Politico, 11/14/13)

Obama Has Already Lost Daily Kos Publisher Markos Moulitsas, Who Prefers Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) Bill. "Obama's attempt to sidestep a legislative fix didn't win over Markos Moulitsas, the Daily Kos publisher, who said Thursday afternoon that he remains in favor of the Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) proposal to codify many of the fixes Obama announced because it offers more specifics than the White House plan. 'I really like Landrieu's bill because it would require insurance companies to inform customers of better plans available, and also require them to cite ObamaCare law when blaming the law for any cancellations. I still think that's the approach to take, and Obama's announcement today took several stops in that direction.'" (Reid J. Epstein, "Liberals To President Obama: Keep It Together," Politico, 11/14/13)

"The Senate's Foremost ObamaCare Defender," Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Disagrees With Obama's Recent ObamaCare Decision Change The Law. "Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), perhaps the Senate's foremost ObamaCare defender, Obama's fix to allow individual market insurance plans to continue for another year isn't one he would have made. 'If it had been up to me, I am not certain I would have made this decision, but the president felt it was important to do,' Harkin said in a statement. 'My hope, however, is that everyone who has received a cancellation notice will fully and carefully consider their options. In the vast majority of cases, they will find that the coverage that they were paying good money for is not worth the paper it was printed on.'" (Reid J. Epstein, "Liberals To President Obama: Keep It Together," Politico, 11/14/13)


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