It’s obvious vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election need these bills so they can tell their constituents, “see, I voted to fix the law,” as opposed to saying, “I trusted Barack Obama to fix it.” The absolute worst thing the GOP can do right now is get behind these bills.
Senate Democrats are still considering legislation to repair President Barack Obama’s broken Obamacare promise, despite the White House plans for an administrative fix.
Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) still want to see votes on their separate, alternative proposals aimed at helping Americans who lost insurance plans. Several of the other Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014 want to vote on a legislative fix, too.
“We will probably need legislation to make it stick,” Landrieu said, referring to the administration’s announcement. “However, do not underestimate the power of a presidential directive and don’t underestimate the willingness of insurance commissioners around this country — Republican and Democrat — to make this right for people.”
Meanwhile, House Democratic leaders huddled with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Thursday afternoon to discuss options for legislation that would supplement the new administrative policy.
Sebelius was there to listen, not pitch a White House plan, according to one Democratic source. It was not immediately clear what legislation House Democrats would pursue. But whatever plan they choose, it is unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled House.