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ObamaCare’s Sinking Ship: 16 Democrat Senators Meet With Obama

Written by Gary North on November 7, 2013

As reported in The Los Angeles Times, 16 Senate Democrats met with President Obama on November 6 to discuss the crippled ObamaCare website. They warned him of a looming crisis of confidence. The news report said that they are facing the task of explaining the site’s failures to their constituents.

These were the 15 Democrats who are up for re-election in 2014. They were joined by the Senator in charge of coordinating their campaigns.

Senator Mark Begich of Alaska was blunt.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable in this day and age that the administration can’t deliver on the promises it made to all Americans because of technical problems with a website. Alaskans should be appreciating the critical benefits of the Affordable Care Act, but there is an understandable crisis in confidence because the administration has yet to get it off the ground.”

The words “absolutely unacceptable” and “crisis of confidence” made things clear. They are in big, big trouble, and they know it.

Eleven Senate Democrats have said they are willing to vote to delay the enrollment deadline. This is another way of saying “John Boehner and the Republicans were right.” This is not good political positioning.

Jeff Merkeley of Oregon announced:

“I am very frustrated with the rollout of the exchanges. The dysfunction and delays are unacceptable. I remain deeply convinced that this is a ‘show me’ moment. This will not be resolved until Americans can, day after day, sign onto the health marketplace, review their options and complete their applications.”

So far, there are no signs of relief. The website remains crippled.

These are signs of what is facing Democrats in 2014.

There is an economic law: “When the price of something rises, less is demanded.” The price of enrolling in the program — in time, in frustration, and insurance premium fees — is rising rapidly. If the website stays crippled, the millions of expected uninsured citizens will not sign up. The economics of ObamaVCare will go belly-up. Really sick people will find ways to enroll. Healthy people will not. That will make the cost of insuring sick people prohibitively expensive.

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21 thoughts on “ObamaCare’s Sinking Ship: 16 Democrat Senators Meet With Obama

  1. J. Keen Holland says:

    Speaker Boehner should see to it that a bill to defer implementation of Obamacare is prepared immediately. Restore a meaningful "grandfather clause" and allow insurance companies to offer the sort of coverage they have been offering. Allow those who have signed up to stay with their new coverage if they prefer it. Delay all penalties for failure to buy or provide coverage and so on – just not kill it outright. The point is not to create something we like, but to give Dems a chance to put up or shut up. Put the bill on the floor to see if House Dem will back it. When it passes the House, Sen. Reid will be under a lot of pressure to let his vulnerable members join Republicans in passing it. If Reid gives his guys a fig leaf, Obama will have to either accept it and admit his whole show was not ready for prime time, or keep his pledge to veto any alteration of the law.


    With this experiment in socialized medicine (aka obamacare) on the verge of failing in a spectacular way, the last thing republicans need to be doing is help out democrats by throwing them a lifeline. What the House should do, is nothing. Boehner should say, "we tried to fix it, but got burned. The senate democrats liked it the way it was, would not deal with House republicans, so they can eat it. The House will not consider anything short of outright repeal, then we will let the 2014 election decide. The House will not deal with it, period" RIGHT NOW, DEMOCRATS OWN IT 100%. Appearing to "fix" something inherently corrupt is futile, akin to trying to fly a crashed airplane. If with the the help of the MSM lies and illusions, it seems to be working, democrats will get all the praise and credit. If it tanks, republicans will get all the blame.

  3. I have absolutely no stock in either side of the arguments for or against Obamacare, so I can look quite objectively at it. Why Congress passed it to begin with I can only assume Congressmen were coerced into allowing it. We have to pass it to see what's in it, makes no sense, What planet is Pelosi on? All the promises made remain just that, promises. We all can see the effects it is having on people's lives.

  4. Alfred Brown says:

    When the isrealites rejected manna, God said he would send quail “until it runneth from their nostrils”
    H.L. Mencken said “Democracy I’d the theory that the people should get the type government they want, good and hard.”
    At this point the Republicans should not lift a finger or provide a vote to delay or lessen this mess intil after election day 2014. The only way they should do it is if Pelosi and Reid and Chris Mathews and Rachel Madcow etc appear on a podium with Boehner and McCallum and the guy from Texas and say for the cameras “we were wrong and you were right; Please help us out of this mess.”
    Why make things better for them or the LoFos that voted for them?

  5. “Apparatchik” is defined as as unquestioningly loyal subordinate: a subordinate who is unquestioningly loyal to a powerful political leader or organization. You can find a cadre of Obama apparatchiks here. They are known as the Editorial Board of the NY Times. It is claimed that this board operates independently of the regular “news operations” but if no one objects to it, well….

    I was going to title this “The Devil Wears Pravda.”

    Pravda is the Russian government information outlet, unflinchingly loyal to the leader of the Communist government. The NY Times editorial board has become the US version of Pravda. It has become a pathetic, apologetic, partisan, left wing shadow of itself. It is sodden with democrat bias. It is essentially an arm of the Obama Progressive Movement and the National Democratic Committee.

    What it cannot do is tell the truth. The board is an Obama propaganda machine. Yesterday they posted an editorial entitled

    “Insurance Policies Not Worth Keeping”

    In it, they decide what’s worth keeping and what is not despite a complete absence of facts. But more importantly, they send a very important message- lying is acceptable to get what you want.

    “He clearly misspoke.”

    Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.

    Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.

    Misspoke? This is astonishing – it is a lie in itself. Obama didn’t misspeak. He LIED.

    It could be argued that Obama misspoke when he claimed that premiums would go down 3000% when he meant to say that premiums would go down an average of $2500 per year (and that was another lie). That’s closer to what one might call misspeaking.

    Let’s revisit what Obama said one more time:

    “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.


    If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.


    No one will take it away.

    No matter what.”

    Obama probably said it hundreds of times and he knew it wasn’t true. He and his aides knew that the truth wouldn’t sell:

    The former official added that in the midst of a hard-fought political debate “if you like your plan, you can probably keep it” isn’t a salable point.

    They knew the truth wouldn’t sell. This wasn’t misspeaking. This was wholesale deceit and the point cannot be made too strenuously. The President of the United States and the democrat Congress sold America a lie.

    The Times’ apparatchiks then spend the rest of their apologia defending Obama’s big lie:

    But insurers are not allowed to abandon enrollees. They must offer consumers options that do comply with the law, and they are scrambling to retain as many of their customers as possible with new policies that are almost certain to be more comprehensive than their old ones. And they spend the rest of the editorial defending the lie.

    Indeed, in all the furor, people forget how terrible many of the soon-to-be-abandoned policies were. Some had deductibles as high as $10,000 or $25,000 and required large co-pays after that, and some didn’t cover hospital care.

    This overblown controversy has also obscured the crux of what health care reform is trying to do, which is to guarantee that everyone can buy insurance without being turned away or charged exorbitant rates for pre-existing conditions and that everyone can receive benefits that really protect them against financial or medical disaster, not illusory benefits that prove inadequate when a crisis strikes.

    “What health care reform is trying to do.”

    This is distraction. It is deflection. It is dishonest. What they needed to be was honest, but the Times doesn’t agree.

    The NY Post sees Obama going from “Bullsh*t to dishonesty.”

  6. Bernard England says:

    The Senator from Wisconsin is at it right now, trying to pass one that will guarantee that we can keep our existing care.

  7. "Not a single Republican voted for this law" . The Democrats would have us believe that they were the only ones who read the bill?
    Instead of trying to find out why the Republicans were against the bill, the arrogant Democrats " passed the bill so they could find out what is in it". Stupid is as stupid does. Hang in there, honest Republicans!!!

  8. This is a prime example of why ACA needs to be defunded and abolished. The exorbitant cost to tax payers has been ripe with misuse of our tax dollars from the beginning. Now they're throwing more tax money down a proverbial rat hole trying to "fix" a doomed from the beginning, illegal mandate on everyone. This administration couldn't pour piss out of a boot with the directions on the heel without raping the taxpayers to line their pockets and those of their supporters. They should all be in prison for all the crimes they've committed.

  9. Obama denounced the individual mandate to purchase health insurance during the primaries to get to Hillary’s left, but his stated reason was that it wouldn’t be fair to force people to buy health insurance if they couldn’t afford it. You could argue he covered himself by including in the law large subsidies — your income can be four times the poverty line ($94,000) and you still qualify for aid.

  10. Sign in and review their options? WHAT options? One or several nearly identical Obama-mandated benefit packages forced upon insurance companies and consumers, with prices inflated due to uncertainty and "must cover" benefits.

    There are no options, unless you also can opt-out of the whole sorry mess, and that cannot be allowed. Premiums or ultimately taxation, it is all the same kettle of over-ripe government fish.

  11. Obama is an obvious liar who is out to destroy America as we knew it. Taking over the health care industry is a major way to gain control of our country, and while he was settling for "Obamacare" his real goal is as he and Reid both openly admit, a single payer government run health care program !

  12. redwhiteblu says:


  13. Exactly, let them boil in their own water. Do not lift a finger to help.

  14. Pravda has nothing as far as dishonesty as our own media. Pravda is astonished as the antics of our media.

  15. "looming"? ha.

    Is it possible that the President, hand forced to do this, is actually on or side and subverting it? Angels might be amazed.

    At least we get a preview of what totalitarian implementation would result in.

  16. shorewater says:

    Which of the sixteen will support impeachment for malfeasance with the American people? Answer . . . none!

  17. anthony king says:

    This is the begining of socializze medical , one single payer.

  18. John Robel says:


  19. Well said!! The best marketplace is a free one. Let people buy their own healthcare. The problem started when "The Government" forced hospitals to take care of anyone who came through their doors. So people now go to the hospitals for free care. Hospitals are losing money and the "The Government" has to subsidize them. This is The Government's way to get more money from the people who are already paying the most into the system.

  20. Just remember these 16 voted and kissed up to obama healthcare agenda, vote them out, we will not forget

  21. I wish them the best of luck in stopping Obama from his deliberate plan to bankrupt the US while hurting all Americans except for his elite in his Marxist-Islamic regime.