Saturday, November 9, 2013

Frothy Waves and Wavering Senators

And thick and fast they came at last,
And more and more and more –
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), The Walrus and the Carpenter
Wave one was the story was debut, website, failure. Wave two was,“Oh my God, I just got my cancellation, ”Wave three: “Oh, my God, I wasn’t cancelled but they hiked my premiums.” All of this is making millions of Americans anxious and resentful – they have a sense the president lied to them.
Peggy Noonan, “The ‘Establishment” Fights Back,  Wall Street Journal,  November 9-10, 2013
More and more waves are coming in faster and faster as ObamaCare breaks up against the rocky shores of reality. More and more people are learning to their dismay that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act doesn’t protect them and isn’t affordable.
The first three waves are incompetent rollout of, sweeping health plan cancellations, and sticker shock premiums. 
Wave four is peoples’ realization they have been misled, even lied to, by the President and his administration, who knew full well three years ago millions would not be able to keep their health plans, their doctors, and their hospitals.
Wave five is the scrambling to escape the incoming waves by fifteen Democrat Senators up for re-election in 2014.  They met with the President and his staff last week to voice their growing desperation.  Twelve of these senators, which the Wall Street Journal has dubbed “The Cancelled Policies Senators,” are trying to dodge incoming anti-incumbent waves. 
These 12  Democrat Senators cast decisive votes for Obamacare - Mark Begich of Alaska, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jack Reid of Rhode Island, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Udall of Colorado, Tom Udall of New Mexico, and Mark Warner of Virginia.  Any one of them could have prevented Obamacare by voting no.
No doubt some of these Senators will survive voter anger and angst, but some will not.  If six drown in the surf, the GOP will control the House and the Senate.  This would be enough to vote for repeal of Obamacare, but it would not be enough to overcome a presidential veto.   It would, however, be enough to cripple a lame duck.
Tweet:  At least five waves of anti-ObamaCare sentiment threaten to unseat enough Democrat Senators to lose Democrat control of the Senate.

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