Note: We'll be discussing this hilarious scrambling by Democrats on this Sunday's edition of The Teri O'Brien Show
Despite statements that he is done running for anything yesterday B. Hussein Obama traveled to Louisiana, to continue his endless campaigning for his legacy, which no matter how many pointless TelePrompTer readings he gives, will be failure. A stagnant economy, smothered by his tax-and-spend policies, and the mother of all income redistribution rackets, Obamacare.
As noted here, Sen. Mary Landrieu, who unlike the One does have to face the voters again, made sure that she had a "scheduling conflict" that kept her from appearing with Barack Office Poison. She is running, running for her political life, thanks to her support for the toxic (Un)Affordable Care Act. Now that the reality of this train wreck is entering the consciousness of even the low-information bunch who think that they are well-informed because they watch "Good Moron America," the democrats responsible for it, are practically messing themselves trying to escape responsibility.
As the Wall Street Journal notes today, in an excellent piece entitled "The Obamacare Dozen," any one of the twelve Democrats up for re-election in 2014, including Sen. Landrieu, could have stopped this socialist scheme. Here's an excerpt:
Louisiana's Mary Landrieu is hoping to cauterize that crisis with a bill that supposedly allows people to keep their plan if they stay current on premiums. About 80,000 Louisiana policy holders—or half of the individual market—will be dumped in 2014, according to the state's insurance commissioner.
Here again, complex insurance contracts take months to plan financially and negotiate with providers. They could be renewed for maybe a few months but not forever, which is why the Landrieu bill is simply a new mandate ordering insurers to continue offering these plans. But the hard business truth is that these plans are already gone. The only way to solve the problem is a time machine to go back to 2010 when HHS published its deliberately restrictive rule on "grandfathering."
The Shaheen and Landrieu proposals are merely ploys for these Democrats to distance themselves from ObamaCare while still embracing it. But they can't have it both ways. Either they can vote to take down the whole regulate-subsidize-mandate apparatus for a year and propose major reforms to prevent a reprise of the last six weeks. Or else they will be enablers of the current and future disruptions, cancellations and limited health choices.
If Barry is so "sorry" about the disruptions in millions of Americans health plans, why doesn't he direct the Secretary, Kathleen "Nurse Rached" Sebelius to rewrite that grandfathering provision? Gee, I wonder why Chuck Todd didn't ask him that? (Yes, these are both rhetorical questions.)
Here's the money part of the WSJ piece:
The ObamaCare Dozen are receiving an overdue education in the damaging consequences of the bill they supported, all of which were predicted by critics in 2010. Any one of these Senators could have prevented the current madness by voting no. And now the President they empowered to govern from the ideological left has rejected even their de minimis fixes and is promising to "grind it out" even if the problems get worse. These Senators deserve to be held accountable at the ballot box.
We must make sure that they are held accountable. We have less than a year. Let's get to work. I'm here to chew gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of gum.
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