Crisis: Reid calls “special meeting” of Senate Democrats on ObamaCare

posted at 5:11 pm on November 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

I don’t get it. Sebelius claims that “the marketplace is working.” What is there to talk about?

Actually, I can think of two items on the agenda.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday will convene a special meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus and senior White Officials to discuss the troubled rollout of ObamaCare…

The Senate leader said President Obama called him Tuesday evening to discuss healthcare and other issues.

Several Democrats have signed onto a proposal sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would force insurance companies to let people keep their health plans if they like them.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he would have a better idea of what proposals Democrats will push to improve the new law after the Thursday meeting.

Agenda item one: Are they really going to cover their asses politically by passing Mary Landrieu’s bill knowing that it’ll increase the damage to ObamaCare? If you support the law, as every Democrat does, the last thing you should want to do in the wake of the website meltdown is further discourage healthy people from signing up on the exchanges. Give ’em back their old plans and you’re guaranteeing that the risk pools for new ObamaCare-approved policies will be even sicker and older than they already are. And the older and sicker they get, the higher premiums will have to be next year to make up for the losses, which will further discourage healthy people from enrolling. There’s a two-word term to describe that phenomenon. Hint: One of the words is “spiral.” And yet, not only is Landrieu’s bill still in play, other Democrats like Mark Udall are introducing their own “keep your plan” bills.

Agenda item two: How long before the Chernobyl is finally contained? Administration sources keep reassuring the media that November 30th is still the target date, but Sebelius told people listening to today’s HHS conference call that they might want to consider enrolling directly on individual insurance companies’ websites instead. (You’d lose your subsidy if you do that, but something like 41 percent of people whose plans have been dropped aren’t eligible for subsidies anyway.) Jim Moran went so far as to say, “They are not going to meet the November 30th deadline, I would bet anything on that. If I had a farm I’d bet the farm on that.” (Another Democrat who spoke to BuzzFeed for the story at the last link described the meeting with White House aides this morning as “incredibly tense.”) How much longer do they have to wait for good news? If the website is still in ruins next month, Obama — and congressional Democrats — will be forced to consider extending the enrollment period or delaying the mandate. If there’s no avoiding a shinola-eating vote in December, why not take a more politically popular one now on “keep your plan” to mitigate the damage?

I’ll leave you with this, from health-industry expert Bob Laszewski: “The audacity of this administration to continue telling people to keep going back to the website and the call center when they knew full well that only 25 people per day per state were making it thorough the gauntlet that is is startling. This program is in grave danger of collapsing if the administration cannot dramatically grow the size of the risk pool and attract healthy people to it.”

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Obamacare is meant to loot the politically unconnected white middle class for the benefit of non-whites and politically connected people.

It doesn’t matter how well the website runs (eventually). It will still be in the service of a “rob Peter to pay Paul” policy.

David Blue on November 14, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Years ago, remember when Rep. Clyburn yelled at the nation that those who didn’t support Obamacare were “racists”? Remember that?

It was left to dwell unexplained, unexplored by media, but Clyburn continued his insistence that to disagree with Obamacare was to be “racist.”

NOW we see what he meant. It’s a racist plan with racist motives: the economics of their redistribution scheme is racially motivated and racially constructed. Clyburn was just pointing at the wrong people when he tossed his insults.

Lourdes on November 14, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The regime will stand behind his signature/namesake legislation and if the Landrieu bill makes it as far as the oval office, he won’t sign it. They’ll point to all the good it’s doing and covering the poor and people with pre-existing conditions as the reason but we all know from the non-apology apology he gave that this is his socialist wet dream for our country and he’s not going to give up easily.

Kissmygrits on November 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM


Clyburn and the azzhat Johnson that thinks the Guam is going to tip over. Hard to be believe they are the best we can come up with to represent us. They are a dark stain on our country.

acyl72 on November 15, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Jumping on the keep your plans bandwagon, dems, will not save your seats butts.

Kissmygrits on November 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM

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