Thanksgiving won’t be a break from Obamacare for the administration and vulnerable Democrats concerned that the law could be perilous for their political futures as the self-imposed November 30 deadline to fix the disastrous federal exchange website, Healthcare.gov, is less than a week away.
Politico had two very interesting stories yesterday that gave readers a taste the nervousness from Democrats, one of which highlighted the prospect for backlash if the administration fails to meet the deadline to fix the website:
Democratic lawmakers — particularly those on the House side — are preparing to try to put distance between themselves and the president because they’re not confident that the White House has a Plan B for getting the policy right or protecting them in the mid-term elections.
“I don’t sense that at all. When you think about it, a week after the October shutdown Democrats were experiencing a euphoric high. We thought we had Republicans on the mat. We thought we were going to win back the House and then this rollout fails,” said one House Democrat from a traditionally safe seat based in a major city. “Now, we need to be concerned, all of us, me included, that we aren’t viewed as ineffective and kicked out of our seats.”
Not only are Democrats watching helplessly as visions of taking over the House begin to dissolve, but they increasingly perceive the danger that the Senate could flip into GOP hands and that Obama’s final three years in office could be a total loss for their party’s agenda.
That is, the Affordable Care Act has a lot of Democrats feeling uninsured or under-assured by Obama.