Vulnerable Democrats announce last-ditch proposals to “mend” Obamacare

Yesterday, in comments on Fox and Friends, Democrat pollster Celinda Lake basically created a new bumper sticker for Obamacare: Don’t defend it. Mend it.

Democrats seem to be taking heed, but is it because they want to do right by the American people, or simply save their butts in the next election?

As reported by The State, “six Senate Democrats Thursday unveiled proposals to make changes in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law under fire from conservatives and Republicans. Two senators, Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, are considered among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats this year as they face tough re-election efforts. Joining them in proposing new ideas for the health care law are Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D Mark Warner, D-Va., Angus King, Ind.-Maine and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.”

Necessity is the mother of invention. These Senate Democrats know what’s at stake politically for them: maintaining the majority AND their political careers.

It has been four years since Obamacare was cast upon the American people.
Every single one of these Senate Democrats voted “yea” for this legislation and now all of a sudden they feel it needs to be mended. In reality, there is no law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This “act” has gone through countless iterations of waivers, exemptions, and delays — some 34 as it happens — so it hardly resembles that which was passed and signed back in 2010.

Here is what the Senate Democrats are proposing:

  • Expanded Consumer Choice Act (S. 1729) to provide a new lower cost, high-deductible option called the Copper Plan, in addition to the existing Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze options. I guess the “affordable” part needs some help.
  • Increased Competition for Consumers Act (S. 1333) to restore startup funds for health care co-ops in order to provide options beyond traditional insurance companies and increase market competition.
  • Commonsense Competition and Access to Health Insurance to direct state insurance regulators to allow health insurance sales across state lines.
  • Small Business Tax Credits Accessibility Act to make Small Business Health Care Tax Credits available for a longer period of time and accessible to more employers.
  • Small Business Stability Act which expands the option for voluntary coverage to employers with fewer than 100 employees (rather than the current 50 employees)
  • Treating Families Fairly which counts family members working for the same business and on the same employer health plan as one full-time equivalent employee for the purposes of ensuring larger businesses offer coverage to their full time workers.
  • Consumers Having Options in Choosing Enrollment (CHOICE) Act which allows consumers to enroll directly through insurers or online in addition to healthcare.gov (because those other options actually work)
  • Enhancing Access for Agents and Brokers Act gives access for agents and brokers to help families and small businesses enroll in health plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

I can guarantee with almost 100% certainty that most of these proposals are parallel to the countless House Republican proposals were passed and sent to the Senate. The paramount question is, will Senate Majority Leader “Scary” Harry Reid bring this to the floor for a vote? This is a desperate maneuver for these vulnerable Democrats and places President Obama in the untenable position of admitting that his signature domestic policy legislation is horrible flawed. This is all about politics, not policy. This is about Senate Democrats who want to stay in the majority and keep their political careers.

I will say, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W Va) does seem to be sincere in his desire to give the American people a better healthcare system. However, there are those supporting these initiatives who are only doing so because they face tough races for reelection

Do you agree? Is there sincerity here, or just more politics? Do you think Harry Reid will bring it to the Senate floor for vote? And do you think President Obama would sign this into law — whatever law means with this administration.

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The_Patriot
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When a car is totaled, fixing it costs more than the car is worth. Not only that but the car would never be as good as it was before it was in it’s accident. The ACA was never suppose to work therefore it cannot be fixed. That’s what is going on here. The ACA was never about insurance to begin with. It was never suppose to work. It is meant to destroy the middle class and small businesses through extraordinary expense. The dems and Rino GOP want it in place to continue to bilk the taxpayers. They do not really… Read more »
douber1
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there seats ARE JUST ABOUT TO BE PULLED FROM under them
THIS YEAR

shrgngatlas
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It was meant to destroy the private insurance industry and force us into a single payer (fedgov) system where they will have all the say in who gets what medical care and when. Talk about total power and control, that would be it.

douber1
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WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A GAY,COMMIE AND MUSLUM

The_Patriot
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Control of the population through Medical extortion, all the things I said are true and yes I agree destruction of private insurance industry

Jim Ricketts
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You are quite correct in that it was never meant to work. It will deliberately fail and the next step will be the “Single Payer plan” Which means that there will be no insurance company provided plans. It will be owned and controlled by the U.S. Gov. which gives the Gov. total control of the U.S population, just like Hitler’s program.

Brendan
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Godwin’s law.
I was wondering how long it would take before someone would bring up a comparison to Hitler.

Jackson7268
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I was wondering how long it would take for someone to redirect to Godwin’s Law. Congrats. I guess the truth is too uncomfortable.

The_Patriot
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well if it looks like a turd and smalls like a turd, you do not have to pick it up to realize it’s a turd.
If the programs that barry wants are so much like the plans that Hitler had then there’s nothing wrong with calling it like he sees it.

Tim F
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as quickly as a government acts that way is my guess.

del
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This is disgusting and reeks of torture. Useless.

Winford
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What would make anyone trust them? They dont read ledgistlation before sighninig it. They just follow blindly. Then it comes back to bite them. Democrates deserve to lose in upcoming elections.

Darrell
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Doesn’t matter what they do to it – they still don’t have to participate like the rest of us.

Tim Curtin
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The irony when (not if) these Senators lose their seats will be when it is made clear that through the rout that is coming they (and the GOP leadership) realize that Americans saw through all the BS all along. Virtually every concession that has been made is what the Republicans (led by Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Mike Lee) kept demanding were necessary to make the law anywhere close to stomaching. Instead, the president and his water-carriers in the Senate played hardball, and the GOP leadership in both houses chose to fold. The GOP leadership in both houses could also… Read more »
Tread7
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I say nuke it !

Don
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I Say vote them out if they wil pass one bill without reading it in the middle of the night they will keep passing more, its time for all those who voted for this monstrosity to get the boot up the ass..

douber1
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get rid of that CLICK
ole man REID pukosy holder
any one one of them
corrupt as corrupt goes
sooner than later

douber1
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2014 is the year of the PURGE
lets go get them
they are running scared now

Robert Courtney
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Until the RINOs pass amnesty this year, then they will lose.
And yet, the stupid Party still doesn’t get it.

JiminAR
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The Democrats have bastardized Obamacare to the point it does not resemble what was forced on us. Repeal it.

redeemed357
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I made it obvious to the “former” senator from Louisiana—although she has until the next election—to do whatever rubber stamping legislation she can help Obummer with but she was coming home after the next election. She has NOT represented the citizens of the state of Louisiana in more than 5 years. We are the laughing stock as we have now been given the name “LOUISIANA PURCHASE” for giving her vote for nothing in return—even though she was promised expansion of Medicaid. WHAT A DUPE!!!!

shrgngatlas
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Joe Manchin sincere, eh? I’ve seen him on multiple news shows, and he always does seem sincere. But who was it, I think it may have been Groucho Marx, who said, “Once you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.” Look at their votes, not their proclamations.

Bluebell7076
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Oh yes, our Virginia’s Mark Warner is already saying how he has the plan and will FIX Obamacare. He was the deciding vote on the debacle. We wrote and called him numerous times, during the time that he could of voted the other way, but true to his form, he sided with the dems. I hope and pray, he gets to sit at HOME and ponder his wayward decision after the 2014 elections. You should of listened to your constituents Mr Warner.

Marieinoregon
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Please add Oregon to the list of dems that should be afraid.

douber1
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and new hampshire ALSO

Eileen Wright
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Manchin is a puppet for Dirty Harry. Dems+ sincere=oxymoron

Robert Wythes
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Some of the proposals that they are putting forth are probably the same ones that the GOP put out last year. The same proposals that led to the government shut down. Because Reed and the DEM’s did not want to think about improving the ACA.

MotherBatherick
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The Democrat Party has become so saturated with corrupt individuals, all adept at lying, only the dumbest of fools would continue to trust anything coming out of their mouths now.

Jeff Foerster
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How much fun would it be to see the Red side of the aisle take back control of the Senate, and then those Dems up for re-election in 2016 recognize anything that a full repeal puts them in the unemployment line after 11-2016. I don’t know if you could take the smile off of my face with a jack-hammer if Dems started to vote for a full repeal and then vote on a veto-override. Probably wouldn’t get the votes needed, but a lot can change when a Democrat figures out their gravy train of gov’t checks are about to run… Read more »
Robert Courtney
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Jeff, that has been my prediction since last Fall. The Commiecrats are now realizing that Obamacare is an Albatross. They CAN”T turn on it as that will prove their bad Ideology and Judgement. So they are throwing a Hail Mary pass for the 2014 elections by saying fix the unfix-able, hoping for a Miracle. IF they get swamped in November, you WILL see Democrats turn on Obamacare AND Obama, as they will be scared like little children about losing in 2016. So, if the Commies lose big in Nov, look for a FULL repeal before the election season of 2016.… Read more »
jim
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ALL DEMS and RINOS voted OUT!!!

Abe
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From the time any demoncrat says anything after giveing their name, it is a lie… I am not so sure they are not lying about their name…. If I were standing in the pouring rain, getting soaked and a demoncrat told me it was going to rain I would not beleive him or her…

flyboy48-49
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We are dealing with pathological people here. If their lips are moving they are lying. But they all get their cue from MR. BIG HIMSELF.

william russell
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Hey if the democrats would have read the bill and understood it before they voted for it we would not be in the mess we are. They, democrats did not read it and voted for it and now finding out that obamacare is hurting business and workers they want to go back and change it before the November election. Isn’t funny that the ideas these democrat senators are proposing are changes that republicans in the house have passed and sent to reid months and years ago but will not bring any of them to the floor. The democrats screwed the… Read more »
Reba
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No, they didn’t read it and they should lose their jobs over it. I know at least one idea is the Republicans and they will use it. It’s funny, how they would not pass anything from the Republican side, but now that their butts or in a jam, they are using the Republicans suggestions. I wonder how many people will put this all together.

Saltporkdoc
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Just two…you and I !

Casper1974
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and baby makes 3……..

Saltporkdoc
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I hope there are tons of babies so the “DammedOleCraps” are all bounced out on their ears along with the RINOs who have exacerbated the problem!

jscarano7
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hi i say dump obamacare now, its a train wreck kill it ,LETS START OVER FROM SCRATCH, WE THE PEOPLE DON’T ANY PART OF OBAMACARE OR ANY MENDING BURY THE F’;’;CKEN PLAN THATS FINAL YOUR RIGHT ON TARGET ABOUT HILTER REMEMBER AMERICANS COMING THIS NOV, VOTE REPUBLICAN NO MATTER WHAT THERE GONNA BE COMING UP WITH LIES AN MORE LIES,FELLOW AMERICANS DON’T SUCK IT UP WE HAD FIVE YEARS OF THESE F&KEN LIES. LETS MAKE THIS BIG CHANGE FOR OUR COUNTRY AN GET OUR FREEDOM BACK KEEP PRAYING GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS GOD BLESS AMERICA
jscarano7
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IF THE DEMOCRATES ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT THERE CAREER AN HOLD THERE POSITON , WHY DON’T THEY FILE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ON OBAMA AN REPEAL OBAMACARE THATS’ THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN SAVE THERE CAREER,AN THATS THE ONLY WAY OUT THEY HAVE DEMOCRATES I HOPE YOUR READING THIS SAVE YOUR CAREER’S WHATS MORE IMPORTANT OBAMA OR YOUR CAREER REMEMBER IF OBAMA WAS CONCERND ABOUT YOUR CAREER HE WOULD HAD NEVER COME UP WITH THIS TRAIN WRECK,OBAMA DON’T GIVE SHIT,BUT FOR HIMSELF HE WANTS FULL CONTROL TAKE THE FEIL AWAY FROM YOUR EYES SO YOU CAN SEE MUCH CLEARER
Dave Howe
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Take the veil away from your eyes aka get head out of ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

francie26
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Where were our so-called Senators when we were all going through hell trying to keep our insurance (as promised), trying to keep our doctors (as promised,) and trying to keep from spending so much more on their insurance than we were spending before (as promised)? The democrat Senators were snagged by that absolute snake’s venom, Harry Reid, to be part of the “You can’t stop it. You can’t do anything about it, so just suck it up and deal with it” crowd. They hid out in a little room behind the senate podium and refused to allow a single republican… Read more »
Dave Howe
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Right on, right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chuckster
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They committed the crime now they should pay their time, as in Nov. 16 they should go home and buy their own health ins. from the ACA. It want feel as good as when the tax payers were paying it. Oh yeah they should send Obama a thank you note for ending their career and will now have to make their own way and pay their own bills

chuckster
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They are saying lets all work together to fix it, well I thought that the aca was suppose to fix our healthcare, all they are doing when they say fix it is admitting it doesn’t work

Tagdogs
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As mentioned in the article, this is nothing more than an attempt to save their butts in the 2014 elections. Funny how all the recent changes are changes that were mentioned by Conservatives and Republicans for the pass 3+ years. I still say–vote their lying butts out of office come the 2014 elections.

1MaryAnn1
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Another con job…this administration has been a big con job from the beginning and these same politicians were all for Obama and his dictatorship. As far as I’m concerned, they are still the same ones who turned their backs on the American people. I might change my mind if they can get rid of Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Obamacare…get rid of the illegal aliens, as in deport them, bring back the jobs they killed or took away from the American people…in other words, work miracles and that isn’t likely to happen. If they can’t or won’t do all… Read more »
Roy Mallmann
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How about the :get government out of my healthcare Act” How about the “Get Obama out of our daily lives Act”

Bob Marks
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it don’t mean a thing .after the mid terms they will throw it out and bring back Obama care ,cant believe one word they say they prove that every day

Maggie 's Mom
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The arrogance with which the Democrats have operated since Obamacare was put into place is beyond any normal person’s belief. They are proven liars and are now only suggesting any kind of changes to Obamacare is because it will help the people in the nation but rather because they want to get reelected again. They ignored the will of the people when they pissed Obamacare and have ignored us since that time. The Republicans and put in many revisions to Obamacare that the Democrats have arrogantly ignored. They will know in 2010 the people could not keep their doctors or… Read more »
Salty Sailor
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I believe a lot more Dem. are in trouble then those six, but thank God that will be enough to take back the senate. Obama gave these senators snake oil and they drank it. so be it mow they pay the price .

Loony tune
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Nothing will happen until the Barry family completes their free loading destruction vacations at taxpayer expense. They learned the free loader trade from descendants in Chicago and Kenya. Take a gander into their early lives and look at all the freebies they sucked on.

Hoosier Daddy
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What’s sad is that the RINO Republicans will join with these Democrats to “mend” Obamacare. That “mending” will help no one but Democrats.

Republicans have a tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. No Republican should lift a finger to “mend” Obamacare so Democrats can win elections this November. Let the Democrats go down with the ship THEY built.

If we can elect CONSERVATIVE Republicans to a Senate majority, then we can REPEAL the entire Obamacare disaster.

budman
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I don’t think you have to worry about Harry Reid as long as it is a Democrat recommending something as he mostly says no to anything the Republicans put forth.
Harry Reid is the reason nothing gets done that is good for the people or this country and I hope he becomes the minority leader where he has no power to do anything.
Maybe then, this venomous little weasel will retire.

sonoftexas70
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they will do anything that they think will get them reelected. Then after the election its back to treating us as liars and low lifes who cant wipe our own a– without them to tell us how it needs to be done.

ZbOROVAN
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Jesus couldn’t “mend” Obamacare.

ZbOROVAN
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The Obamacare is about health care as much as Nazi labor camps were about lowering unemployment.