November 21, 2013
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

Scary. “Obama’s HealthCare.gov site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned. . . . The testimony at a congressional hearing could increase concerns among many Americans about Obama’s healthcare overhaul, popularly known as Obamacare.” I would think so.

Frightening. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations, said, “How can we make sure that the interim deal does not become a final deal? That any deal now is only a precursor to a final agreement that would preclude Iran from making a nuclear weapons program?. . .  We heard just this week from an Iranian opposition group that has proved right in the past that there is another hidden Iranian [nuclear] facility.”

Panic time for Dems: “Obamacare’s most vulnerable provision remains the mandate. It’s already very weak, and yet the law’s supporters are counting on it to salvage the faltering program. The assumption is that, eventually, many millions of people will sign up for insurance in the Obamacare exchanges because they will have no other choice. But it is also clear that, if pressed, Democrats can no longer defend the mandate based on what has transpired over the past two months. The enrollment process simply does not work, and, even if it did, millions of middle-class Americans will find the plans being offered on the exchanges far too expensive for them to purchase. Americans don’t trust Obamacare. Forcing them into this program is a non-starter politically. . . . If Democrats continue to resist a delay [in the individual mandate], the GOP will have an issue that could become the focus of the entire 2014 midterm election. And if Democrats agree to the delay, it will be one more step toward undoing the damage of Obamacare.”

Nervous Dems turn on the president. “President Obama’s relationship with congressional Democrats has worsened to an unprecedented low, Democratic aides say. They are letting it be known that House and Senate Democrats are increasingly frustrated, bitter and angry with the White House over ObamaCare’s botched rollout, and that the president’s mea culpa in a news conference last week failed to soothe any ill will. Sources who attended a meeting of House chiefs of staff on Monday say the room was seething with anger over the immense damage being done to the Democratic Party and talk was of scrapping rollout events for the Affordable Care Act.”

Worried yet, Secretary Sebelius? “Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, encountered first hand the famous Obamacare website glitches when the website crashed in front of her. Sebelius visited North Shore Hospital in Miami on Tuesday to meet with navigators who are helping Americans register and enroll in Obamacare.” Cringe.

Freaked out, more like it, that the Iranians are making the administration look hopelessly dense. “Ayatollah Khamenei’s Rabid Dog Comments ‘Uncomfortable,’ Senior U.S. Official Says.” Is that the “moderate” version?

Stressed 2016 contenders should look how it’s done. “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stuck up for Chris Christie on Wednesday, defending  the New Jersey governor against claims that he isn’t conservative enough for a  national electorate. . . . Walker’s defense of Christie’s conservative bona fides came a day after Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, another Republican star, suggested Christie’s decision to embrace Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is ‘not fiscally conservative.’ Walker pointed to Christie’s posture against public employee unions, his pension reform effort and push for lower taxes as evidence of Christie’s conservative street cred.” Christie-Walker? Walker-Christie? Remember, any governor is better than any senator for GOP in 2016.

 

 

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