Dems in Disarray: Obama May Make Pelosi Eat Her Words
Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Jan Schakowsky may not think much of HealthCare.gov's problems, or want a delay, but Barack Obama's White House doesn't seem to have gotten that memo.
The Democrat-controlled Senate doesn't seem to think much of Pelosi's reasoning, either.
"We didn't work our hearts out for a website," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), quoting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
"The route in, that's a technical issue that we think is being solved," Schakowsky said.
There was also no discussion of delaying ObamaCare's individual mandate, according to members — a possibility that's been floated as users struggle to purchase healthcare coverage on the ObamaCare site.
Now, with the "route in" looking more like a road block, or wash-out, Obama is reportedly "tweaking" ObamaCare to create the very type of delay rank and file Democrats claim to oppose. Not only that, in the Senate, Democrat Joe Machin is writing a bill to do the same thing.
Red state Democrats propose changes to Obamacare
The Obama administration’s day ended much as it began, with Democrats frustrated over Obamacare’s rollout.
After the administration briefed House Democrats on the myriad remaining issues with HealthCare.gov, red and swing-state Democratic senators began to call for further changes to Obamacare.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is taking the strongest tack among Senate Democrats, writing legislation with Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) to delay for a year the individual mandate’s enforcement mechanism — a $95 fine for anyone who doesn’t enroll in health insurance by March 31. Manchin is even taking the full rollout and explanation of his legislation to an unusual venue for a Democrat: Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News on Wednesday night.
All that remains to be seen is if a media that loves to highlight Republican differences will adequately report the current split among Democrats, not to mention that Obama doesn't seem to be in control of his own party, let alone the failed website all but bearing his name.