Another Senate Democrat Frets About ObamaCare

There are yet more concerns coming from Senate Democrats over ObamaCare and its implementation. Over the last few weeks, members of President Barack Obama’s party have expressed concerns about the law’s affect on insurance premiums and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) partly blamed ObamaCare for the increased costs to the insured.

According to Reuters, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is just the latest member to relay concerns about rising premiums as a result of the law he supported when it came up in the chamber back in 2010:

While Obama and his administration say they are working nonstop on reform, analysts believe a poor performance could make the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act a big enough campaign issue in 2014 to jeopardize Democratic control of the Senate - particularly if insurance costs rise sharply.

“There is reason to be very concerned about what’s going to happen with young people. If their (insurance) premiums shoot up, I can tell you, that is going to wash into the United States Senate in a hurry,” said Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.

Some Democrats are frustrated about the lack of details surrounding administration plans to promote the exchanges.

Young people will see a premium increase, that much is already apparent. Thanks to ObamaCare’s age-rating restrictions, young people can expect to subsidize the health insurance coverage of older Americans, which could cause premiums to rise by as much as 42%.

While young voters may be completely blind as to what is going on right before their eyes, Reuters also notes many other Americans may start paying attention as their premiums rise and implementation efforts become a headache for states, which could lead to an electoral disaster for Democrats:

Analysts say reform could be as big an issue in next year’s congressional midterm elections as it was in 2010, when dislike for the law among senior citizens helped install a Republican majority in the House of Representatives. This time, failed implementation could end Democratic hopes of recapturing the House and leave enough Senate Democrats vulnerable to give Republicans an edge in that chamber.

“We have to see how bad it is. This issue blowing up on Democrats would make the Republicans’ job a lot easier,” said Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report.

That’s what you get when you double-down on bad, unpopular policy. Americans, only 35% of whom view this law favorably, want ObamaCare either repealed or significantly changed. However, the White House is stunningly tone deaf, and it may come at a very steep political cost.

 
 


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