What does it mean when the newspapers highlight the Democrats who are not running away from Obamacare? Democrat Gary Peters of Michigan has turned from Obamacare supporter to someone who pledges to fix it.
Greg Sargent is happy to hear Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu will support the bill, while criticizing it.
Landrieu vowed to campaign aggressively against GOP foe Bill Cassidy’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion in the state, offered a spirited defense of the law — while acknowledging it has some problems — and even insisted he’d be at a “disadvantage” over the issue.
The Huffington Post is even running an honor roll of Democrats who aren’t running away from Obamacare. “While some Democrats are advertising their resistance to the Affordable Care Act, others, such as Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), are embracing the health care law.”
This is like a navy touting the ships that haven’t sunk. While one shouldn’t conclude that Obamacare is politically dead, these Democrats-support-the-president stories suggest Obamacare is in deep trouble.
The White House tried bolster advocates by sending money their way.
Until now, outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was the only official known to have solicited financial support for Enroll America, a nonprofit that promoted enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. But a Government Accountability Office report released Monday detailed not only the secretary's involvement but that of a White House adviser.
According to the report, though HHS officials said they were "not aware" of any federal government officials outside the agency soliciting funds for Enroll America, a representative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation told GAO "about a discussion" in 2012 between one of their staffers and the "Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy."
Though not named in the report, this would have been Jeanne Lambrew. The GAO said they were told the official nudged the foundation to give a "significant" contribution.
But even that might not be enough. The Daily Caller reports a “high-profile Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate says she is against special Obamacare subsidies for lawmakers in Congress — a rare position for someone in her party.”
In a new ad released Tuesday, Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn says: “No one in Congress should get a subsidy to pay for their own health care.”
Her position is notable because the issue of Obamacare subsidies is usually argued by conservative critics of the health-care law. It also shows Nunn’s attempt to move away from the liberal wing of the national Democratic Party.
The subsidies given to Enroll America are insignificant when compared to the subsidies being handed out everywhere. The question that much be faced is who will pay for all these subsidies?
Why “the government” of course. But the government is in deep deficit so the correct answer must be in the end: the taxpayer. And that’s why so many Democratic lawmakers are running scared.