Dem exodus from Washington has a common thread – ObamaCare

posted at 10:41 am on January 31, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps it was just the retirement of Henry Waxman that made this clear, but the pattern has been evident for the last few years. Sam Baker connects the dots for National Journal, and points out the dangers for Democrats who have to defend this system for the short-, medium-, and long-term future:

Congressional Democrats began the Obama administration with a deep bench on health care issues—one whose passion and collective experience far outstripped their Republican adversaries. That dynamic has now almost entirely reversed.

Since their razor-thin Affordable Care Act victory, nearly all of the Democratic lawmakers most experienced and most passionate on health care have either left Congress or announced their plan to leave this year.

And that’s a problem for Democrats, given that their passage of Obamacare has handed them responsibility for health care for the next decade. Republicans, meanwhile, will take every opportunity to attack the law—and blame any and all of the health care system’s problems on it. …

Democratic leaders and committed liberals can and will still defend Obamacare politically, along with the basic idea of universal coverage. But there aren’t many Democrats left who—like Waxman and some of his departing Congressional colleagues—are truly invested in the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act as well as other nitty-gritty health care issues.

It’s not just the House, either, and it’s not just this cycle. Senators Max Baucus and Tom Harkin both have decided to leave on their own, as did Chris Dodd, who took over the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee after Ted Kennedy died in 2009. Harkin chairs it now, while Baucus chaired the Finance Committee that manipulated the reconciliation process in order to get ObamaCare passed. Reps. Waxman and fellow Californian George Miller are taking a powder after this term, both key allies of Nancy Pelosi on ObamaCare, while Allyson Schwartz is leaving for a shot at the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.

It’s a dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise on health-care politicking. At the same time, Republicans are adding more doctors to their ranks. More to the point, as ObamaCare continues to fail and people experience more pain in the market disruptions, the GOP is gaining more credibility on health issues. Even in a relatively friendly WaPo/ABC poll this month, their usually commanding lead on this issue area is down to single digits, and well below a majority.

Today’s news about the difference between sign-ups and enrollments will make Democratic credibility erode even further if they continue to rely on Obama administration PR releases:

Around one in five people who picked health insurance policies on the state and federal exchanges last year haven’t paid their first month’s premiums, according to insurers polled by CNNMoney. These folks will likely see their policy selection canceled and they’ll be left uninsured.

Some 2.1 million people signed up for a plan in time for their coverage to start January 1, according to the Obama administration. But with the payment deadlines stretching until January 31 at the latest, anywhere between 12% and 30% of those folks still haven’t paid up, insurers say.

Most consumers were given until the middle or the end of January to pay their first premium, a necessary step to actually activating enrollment. Exchange officials and insurers repeatedly stressed the importance of sending in that first payment, with some following up with the slackers by phone or letter.

The true enrollment figure likely won’t be known for a few weeks.

All of those stories about enrollments assumed that sign-ups were equivalent. That assumption, like so many others about ObamaCare, is about to get a dash of very cold water.


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Swine, rejoice!!!

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Waxman, 40 years at the national tit, sniffing at the trough…how indignant must the founders be!

He should be held up as a trophy on how NOT to do it.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The fact that it is so expensive means many will not have the means to pay.

What a complete fiasco! The dims know is should be repealed but as it’s obama’s signature achievement, they will do everything they can not to.

aniptofar on January 31, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Waxman is only leaving because the congressional dining room no longer serves mosquitoes.

Bishop on January 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

It’s a dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise on health-care politicking. At the same time, Republicans are adding more doctors to their ranks. More to the point, as ObamaCare continues to fail and people experience more pain in the market disruptions, the GOP is gaining more credibility on health issues.

More physicians are joining in and that’s a very good thing as to the dreadful state of medical insurance (and insurance liabilities) in the US. The more physicians involved in the legislative aspect of this, the better.

The Democrats are largely if not expressly motivated by Socialism — what they “want” and “feel” “must be” with other people’s money.

At least the GOP is working on this one issue, not that they’re doing a good job on much else after yesterday’s news.

Lourdes on January 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Mark this down – if amnesty passes, and the ins. companies get bailed out over obama’care’, Nancy Pelosi will deserve the hammer back, on Jan. 2015.

Tucker Carlson “all want amnesty, except not the middle class in America, the over-abundantly out of jobs people.

obama, Pelosi, Boehner and Canto, Ryan, they hate the middle class, the American legal workers, blue/white colors, their children, and they disrespect all legal immigrants.

Go to Hell, all of you traitors. Pass it and go home. YOU don’t deserve to even be in the minority. YOU deserve oblivion, you charlatans.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

It’s a dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise on health-care politicking.

LOL.

I don’t think “brain drain” means what you think it does, Ed …

ShainS on January 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The fact that it is so expensive means many will not have the means to pay.

aniptofar on January 31, 2014 at 10:44 AM

To Leftists, that’s a feature … not a bug.

ShainS on January 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

It’s a dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise on health-care politicking.

LOL.

I don’t think “brain drain” means what you think it does, Ed …

ShainS on January 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

What ShainS wrote ^^.

Lourdes on January 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I bet Waxman would be good at hunting truffles. I can see him rooting through the forest sniffing those little bad boys out like a champ.

Flange on January 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

All of those stories about enrollments assumed that sign-ups were equivalent.

It wasn’t an assumption, it was a lie. Journalists knew that a large number of sign ups would not follow through to actual purchases, yet they kept pushing the phony numbers anyway. In a sane world, such journalists would be fired for intentionally misleading people.

forest on January 31, 2014 at 10:51 AM

We need all of the democrats and at least 1/2 of the GOP to retire…

PatriotRider on January 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM

They extended the payment deadline and folks still didn’t pay????

I have no sympathy….. call me cold hearted

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

At least the GOP is working on this one issue, not that they’re doing a good job on much else after yesterday’s news.

Lourdes on January 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM

+200 million sane legal US Americans

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Every dem should be tied to this act…if one Republican makes a “mistake”, every Republican pays for it, 10 times over and over and over…

Every dem owns this, even if they didn’t vote for it, they were part of the system that defended it and embraced it.

No mercy!!

right2bright on January 31, 2014 at 10:54 AM

If you squint while looking at that picture, Waxman resembles one of those pigs from Orwell’s Animal Farm.

TarheelBen on January 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Wait. Who has that libdie quote handy?

“By October ’14, the ‘rats will be openly running on obozocare.”

Uh, yeah! Running home!

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

If you squint while looking at that picture, Waxman resembles one of those pigs from Orwell’s Animal Farm.

TarheelBen on January 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I always found it hard to tell the difference.

CurtZHP on January 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM

The problem is that instead of the GOP taking advantage of it. They are imploding. They are hanging their base out to dry, demoralizing and insulting them, and passing amnesty. I don’t see much changing in Washington. The GOP has a few wonderful holdouts, but other than those few most of the GOP can kiss my azz along with their Dem counterparts.

melle1228 on January 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

According to DWS, Dem’s would be using the “success” of Obamacare as a weapon against Republicans.

Tater Salad on January 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

There is hope – this harlot will be perfect for that whorehouse.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

If you squint while looking at that picture, Waxman resembles one of those pigs from Orwell’s Animal Farm.

TarheelBen on January 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I always thought he looked like he had a death sentence on 12 systems.

Flange on January 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Breaking: RNC calls for boycott of HA until there is an apology to swine for the comparison with Waxman.

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

These retirees will quickly morph into paid MSNBC “contributors”, enlightening everyone with their expertise and wisdom.

KS Rex on January 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

The true enrollment figure likely won’t be known for a few weeks.

The true enrollment figure likely won’t be known for a few weeks.

Fixed that for ya.

Walter L. Newton on January 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

what constitutes immigration reform??

RonK on January 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Breaking: RNC calls for boycott of HA until there is an apology to swine for the comparison with Waxman.

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

This one wins the intertubes today!

Just when this post got added to the left column!

22044 on January 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

NPR waxing poetic on Waxman’s career:

Waxman is really one of the Ted Kennedys of the Congress,” says Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution. “Remember they’re both liberals but both had an uncanny ability to work with other members when [they] needed to be on both sides of the aisle to get things done.”

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Fallon on January 31, 2014 at 11:11 AM

H/t Rogerb – Crickets

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Well they passed it – now that the democrats know what is in ObamaCare – they understand they have screwed the pooch. They can quit and runaway but it does not change the fact that ObamaCare is bad for America. Now let’s see if the GOP will save ObamaCare and Obama’s “legacy”. It seems like the democrats could care less about Obama’s legacy.

redguy on January 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Don’t worry, the economy will save the Dems.

NotCoach on January 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM

OK. Just so happens I have at least one of those quotes handy….

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six one hundred seven one hundred eight one hundred nine one hundred ten one hundred eleven one hundred twelve one hundred thirteen one hundred fourteen one hundred fifteen one hundred sixteen one hundred seventeen one hundred eighteen one hundred nineteen one hundred twenty one hundred twenty-one one hundred twenty-two one hundred twenty-three
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM

H/t Rogerb – Crickets

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Lance

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM

what constitutes immigration reform??

RonK on January 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

For the democrats it means – let’s hand out free shit to 11 million people so they will vote for us.

For the GOP it’s – let’s legalize cheap workers for the corporations so the Chamber of Commerce will keep giving us money. This idea is stupid unless the GOP establishment candidates plan to go over to the democratic party.

redguy on January 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM

The nonpartisan and livelikeaslave quotes were courtesy of

Chris of Rights on January 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:16 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM

That is an AWESOME quote.. Bwaaahhhaaaaa…..

melle1228 on January 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on from the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Fixed it. You all quoted libdie wrong!

The words were not as libdie typed them! It’s a right-wing conspiracy that HA is part of!

The tanks are nowhere near the city!

Thank you president obama! (That’s a little cur-dog tossed in but I still refuse to capitalize Dog-Eater’s name)

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Not to sound naive, but didn’t Phantom of Nostrilitis “serve” the public for four decades? I can see why he NEEDS to retire since his ‘service’ has blessed this country with Obamacare and other fine accomplishments, but I can also see why he wants to retire.

Mark Boabaca on January 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

It’s a dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise on health-care politicking.

You can’t have a “brain drain” when you don’t have any brains to drain in the first place.

evilned on January 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

“Now, sir,” concluded Crockett, “you know why I made that speech yesterday.

“There is one thing now to which I will call your attention. You remember that I proposed to give a week’s pay. There are in that House many very wealthy men– men who think nothing of spending a week’s pay, or a dozen of them, for a dinner or a wine party when they have something to accomplish by it. Some of those same men made beautiful speeches upon the great debt of gratitude which the country owed the deceased — a debt which could not be paid by money — and the insignificant and worthlessness of money, particularly so insignificant a sum as $10,000, when weighed against the honor of the nation. Yet not one of them responded to my proposition. Money with them is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it.

Money, their own, at your toil…

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM

dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise

0 – 0 still leaves 0

dmacleo on January 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Nancy watch has started.
Will Pelosi retire?

albill on January 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

what constitutes immigration reform??

RonK on January 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

For the RINOs/Ds it is amnesty for all illegal aliens.

What it should constitute:

- enforce the land’s laws, like it happens in every other land in the world

- replace the animals who work at the immigration services at airports. They are the ultimate shameful representation of the USA and deter tourism. I could tell you hundreds of stories at how embarrassing they are to the country.

- have workers, blue/white color, programs, for when there is deman – right now there is a glut of unemployed labor in the US.

- follow the legal path of immigration for all. Amnesty would be an insult to all who ever did, in addition to destroying the opportunities for the born in America people and their kids

Etc.

The border talk is futile – it’s pretty open and will always be like that.

One more thing, have a president and attorney general who actually love the land and follow the laws of the land. These two are thugs.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

for when there is deman demand

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Nancy watch has started.
Will Pelosi retire?

albill on January 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Only if they don’t pass amnesty and Boehner remains. If they pass it she’ll get the hammer back in Jan. 2015, very much deservedly.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

12% and 30% deadbeats? That sounds to me like good news for ObamaCare fans.

I expected closer to 70%

Sinner on January 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Watch the honorable Henry Waxman scurry. By November the sewers will backup.

onomo on January 31, 2014 at 11:34 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

liblikeaslave meant by Novemeber, rubes.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM

It’s a dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise on health-care politicking.
LOL.

I don’t think “brain drain” means what you think it does, Ed …

ShainS on January 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

What ShainS wrote ^^.

Lourdes on January 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

…I want to ditto…the ditto!

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Refresher

Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote her thesis on Saul Alinsky and
traveled to NYC to interview him.

Barry Soetoro AKA Barack Obama studied Saul Alinsky . This explains
their actions. Wake Up!!!

All in a days work

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained
before you are able to create a social state.

The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control
the people

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as
possible, poor people are easier to control and
will not fight back if you are providing everything
for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level.
That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will
produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend
themselves from the Government. That way you are
able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives
(Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education – Take control of what people read and
listen to – take control of what children learn in
school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the
Government and schools

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy
and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will
be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the
poor.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

It’s a dramatic brain drain on Democratic expertise on health-care politicking. At the same time, Republicans are adding more doctors to their ranks. More to the point, as ObamaCare continues to fail and people experience more pain in the market disruptions, the GOP is gaining more credibility on health issues.

More physicians are joining in and that’s a very good thing as to the dreadful state of medical insurance (and insurance liabilities) in the US. The more physicians involved in the legislative aspect of this, the better.

The Democrats are largely if not expressly motivated by Socialism — what they “want” and “feel” “must be” with other people’s money.

At least the GOP is working on this one issue, not that they’re doing a good job on much else after yesterday’s news.

Lourdes on January 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM

And trial lawyers. Don’t forget that the Democratic Party is the party of trial lawyers. The Dems will do nothing to get between one of their major constituencies and that constituency’s feeding trough.

catsandbooks on January 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

All of those stories about enrollments assumed that sign-ups were equivalent. That assumption, like so many others about ObamaCare, is about to get a dash of very cold water.

We also need to toss another bucket of very cold water on the lies of the Administration over Obamacare – and factor all of the ‘targets’ to include the 6 million who lost their existing coverage because their policies didn’t fit the wish list of the law.

Far too rarely are any mentioning the lies, ‘If you like your policy, you can keep your policy’ or ‘If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor’.

And while at it, it’s past time that we also drill down the fundamental basic fact about the ACA – it was never intended to ‘fix’ the challenges of healthcare or significantly reduce the number of Americans who didn’t have health insurance. It was entirely designed to seize and put 1/6th of the national economy under the boot of the federal government in order to facilitate wealth redistribution and ‘social justice’.

Athos on January 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I don’t know why everybody is crowing about the “Dem exodus”.Don’t they know there is plenty more where they came from?Waxman was oldy and moldy but the new breed being groomed to succeed him is downright scary.Sandra *gag** Fluke being a possibility is truly scary indeed.

jeffinsjvca on January 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

My only real issue with anything that was said was the idea of somehow associating Henry Waxman with anything resembling a “brain drain”.

OrbeaRider66 on January 31, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Henry Waxman must be the ugliest SOB in the entire district that elected him … TWENT TIMES? Amazing.
With that face he couldn’t get laid with a fist full of fifties in whorehouse.

Missilengr on January 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Liberals KNOW they were the only 1 who voted for this nation-damaging law.

They KNOW they are going to get their @$$ handed to them by their consituents who they $crewed, and rather than being FIRED, the last lie they tell will be to themselves. They will QUIT and claim they left on their own rather than the fact that they were kicked out of office!

The really pathetic thing is that they KNOW this bill is killing America and huurting Americans, they KNOW what they did was wrong, but instead of trying to FIX IT, reverse it by aiding the repeal of this POS, they are just slinking out of office with their tails tucked and head down!

Allowing them to leave is too, easy! I would encourage every U.S. American citizen to GO AFTER THESE GUYS…hound them, continue to barage them with questions wherever you see them in public, riddicule them, SUE them…go after their 2nd and 3rd homes and the millions they made by $crewing the American people. FIND WAYS TO FORCE THEIR OWN ‘REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH’ UPON THEM AND TAKE BACK SOME OF YOUR MONEY!

easyt65 on January 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Henry Waxman must be the ugliest SOB in the entire district that elected him … TWENT TIMES? Amazing.
With that face he couldn’t get laid with a fist full of fifties in whorehouse.

I always kind of thought that his head looked like his neck was turtleheading.

OrbeaRider66 on January 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

decided to leave on their own, as did Chris Dodd

If by “left on his own” you mean was pushed out because he was certain to lose in an otherwise BLUE state, well, then yes, he left on his own.

jnelchef on January 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Henry Waxman must be the ugliest SOB in the entire district that elected him … TWENT TIMES? Amazing.
With that face he couldn’t get laid with a fist full of fifties in whorehouse.

Missilengr on January 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

As Rush says, politics is show business for ugly people.

jnelchef on January 31, 2014 at 2:56 PM

bet Waxman would be good at hunting truffles. I can see him rooting through the forest sniffing those little bad boys out like a champ.

Flange on January 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

He’s that creepy middle stage between pig and man in Animal Farm.

magicbeans on January 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Henry Waxman must be the ugliest SOB in the entire district that elected him … TWENT TIMES? Amazing.
With that face he couldn’t get laid with a fist full of fifties in whorehouse.

Missilengr on January 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

As Rush says, politics is show business for ugly people.

jnelchef on January 31, 2014 at 2:56 PM

His district is Beverly Hills, of all places. Land of plastic surgery. He must be the only resident there without one.

riddick on January 31, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Meh, Reagan regretted signing that crap, to his last sane day.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Damn, if the weasel is abandoning ship, then the Democrats may actually think they are in trouble. Too bad the Republicans can’t take advantage of it. With leaders like Boehner, McConnell and Pribus there is no difference – Democrat lites running the party. The party is doomed, and the nation may be with it.

georgeofthedesert on February 1, 2014 at 3:18 PM