The fear gripping Democrats in Washington is palpable in the heat of the Obamacare blowback, because now it threatens the one thing they really care about: their jobs.
Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott tried his level best to calm his frazzled party on the House floor Friday morning, saying, according to the Washington Free Beacon:
“Mr. Speaker, my mother used to say patience is a virtue. I haven’t seen this much panic on this floor since 9/11.”
Scurrying for cover from the political carnage, some Democrats are now looking at two new pieces of legislation, above and beyond a supposed fix planned by the president to allow insurers to extend plans another year, according to Fox News.
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado is working on a bill that would allow policyholders to keep their old health care plans for two more years. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is pushing a deal that would allow indefinite extensions by “grandfathering in all plans as late as Dec. 31, 2013,” Fox News reported.
U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, has emerged as the hardliner, unwilling to make any serious changes to the Affordable Care Act, even in the face of the devastation to Americans. She spoke Thursday against the GOP’s “Upton bill,” which would allow plans sold in 2013 to be offered again in 2014. The measure was crafted to honor some semblance of the president’s broken promise to Americans that they could keep their favored plans.
Pelosi said the Upton legislation was “dangerous” and would kill “the [insurance] pools and expanding the market of who can buy into these plans,” which don’t meet Obamacare’s higher standards, according to Politico.
In all, 39 Democrats supported the Upton bill, and the White House vows to veto it, Politico reported.
A serious disconnect exists when politicians are cavalier in the face of public suffering but then panic only when their re-elections are at risk.