Stand back and enjoy the carnage as the enemies of America destroy themselves.
The administration is risking rebellion from some Democrats in Congress if it fails to deliver on its promise to fix HealthCare.gov by the Nov. 30 deadline set by President Obama.
By and large, Democratic lawmakers have held their fire to give Obama’s team space to fix the technical problems that have stalled the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
If the president’s team fails to deliver, Democrats will embrace legislation extending the law’s enrollment period or forcing insurance companies to continue offering plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s standards, according to Democratic aides.
The land of the free, where forcing people to do your bidding has become commonplace. Sorry, folks, you shoved this down our throats and now that it’s bombed in historic fashion you must be forced to defend it.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has a similar proposal that would mandate insurance companies allow people to keep their health plans indefinitely. It has attracted support from Democrats up for reelection in 2014, such as Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Kay Hagan (N.C.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.).
When asked last week whether he would join his home-state colleague in supporting the Landrieu bill, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said he would assess his options after Nov. 30.
Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (N.D.), a one-time member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said the administration knows there’s a lot riding on getting the website fixed by the end of the month.
“There’s so much pressure to make that happen, I expect that they’re consulting the best people they can find on the planet to correct these problems,” he said.
Where were these “best people” when they were spending $634 million to design a website that doesn’t work? Where is the accounting for that money?
A second Democratic aide said the party’s incumbents in the chamber facing reelection next year will begin to panic if the Department of Health and Human Services misses another important deadline set by the president.
“If the website is not up, the administration and 2014ers are going to start freaking out even more,” said the aide.
At which point we may well begin to see a flow of endangered incumbents opting for retirement to spend more time with their families.