Like voters at large, Senate Democrats are concerned that this dissatisfaction may become a tsunami, especially imperiling red-state Democrats in 2014. Moreover, as time goes on, the coverage of Obamacare seems to be getting more critical of the administration as it struggles to explain its fraudulent statement that Americans could keep their doctors and their insurance plan. Politico, for example, catches the president trying to massage the misrepresentation:
“Now if you had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was, you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” The extra clause represents a slight change from the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” mantra of the 2012 campaign and most of 2013. But Obama said it is necessary because people on [the] individual market often “don’t know how vulnerable they are.”
This, in essence, adopts the “You are too stupid to know what is good for you” argument in lieu of an apology for misleading the voters.
In order to rescue himself and his party, the president must accomplish the following in the next few months:
- Make HealthCare.gov fully functional by the promised Nov. 30 date;
- Convince several million people to sign up in the health-care exchanges;
- Convince those who had catastrophic coverage or even higher-cost plans that they are now better off; and
- Make sure that, in all this confusion, there is no gap in coverage for those forced off their old plans.
It’s hard to imagine that all gets done. It’s even harder to imagine that the creators of the nonfunctioning Web site, who claim not to know how many people have signed up, could get this done.