The Obama adminstration’s bungling of the Obamacare rollout has strained trust between and White House and congressional Democrats to the breaking point.
With a national debacle showing no signs of improvement, Barack Obama is “in serious danger of permanently losing the trust of Democrats in Congress,” Politico reported Friday, citing sources who attended a closed-door session between the Dems and Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
Here’s a clue: Above and beyond pushing a health-care law much of America is coming to dislike, telling a whopper to the American people about the health insurance coverage of 16 million Americans is generally not a good public relations strategy.
And that might not matter so much if you’re not planning on any more elections in your future, but it might bother politicians whose future in office will depend a good deal on whether that law works.
When it doesn’t, those people get jittery.
In the Senate, according to the Washington Examiner, those people include Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who has introduced a bill she claims will fix Obamacare but is really just another government mandate to fix a failed government mandate.
(Anyone who doesn’t believe Landreiu’s bill is a bad idea need only consider the fact that it’s supported by Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.)
Meanwhile, three other Senate Democrats are also pushing changes in Obamacare that would extend cancelled policies for two years. They are Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., already in trouble with Colorado voters over his gun-control vote in the spring, Kay Hagan, D-N.C., approval ratings underwater, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, a Democrat in a Red state. All are up for re-election this year.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., told the Examiner he had low expectations for the “fix” Obama announced Thursday. If it doesn’t help the party in next year’s elections, he said, at least it would help “get us through this week.”
“Get us through this week.”
Is that how far Democrats trust Obama?