November 14, 2013
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

A Republican operative observed Wednesday afternoon that reporters should be asking Senate Democrats who voted for Obamacare if they believed at the time that people would lose their plans. That is a good question, given that they are caterwauling about a law they jammed through on a straight party-line vote. Reality is setting in for these once-defiant supporters of Obamacare. Stu Rothenberg said, “Over in the Senate, a damaged Obama could easily cost his party the Senate. It’s as simple as that. With an Obama job rating sitting around the 40 percent mark, it’s difficult to imagine Republican seats in Kentucky or Georgia falling to Democrats, and more difficult to imagine Democratic senators in Alaska, North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas surviving. Even Democratic nominees in Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire could see their prospects change from good to uncertain.” The Republican National Senatorial Committee is delighted to point that out.

Here are some other questions Senate Democrats should be asked:

• Did President Obama mislead you about whether people could keep their insurance?

• Did you foresee that many people would be shifted from full-time work to part-time work as a result of Obamacare?

• Did you ever demand an oversight hearing on the progress of the Obamacare rollout?

• Did you expect millions of Americans to have their insurance canceled?

• Did you ever demand assurances that HealthCare.gov would be fully tested and secure from cyber-attacks?

• Did you understand some people would be dropped from coverage and find their only option to be more expensive insurance with poorer coverage?

• Did you expect millions more to have their insurance canceled than to have purchased insurance?

Senate Democrats, on all these questions, can either admit they didn’t know what they were voting for or concede that their outrage is phony. Really, all of these boil down to one essential question: If you knew then what you know now, would you have voted for Obamacare? If the answer is no, they have an obligation to repeal or revise it substantially.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.