Senate Democrats seek ObamaCare balance

This, for now, is Senate Democrats’ message: We passed a good bill and the administration messed it up.

”If you can’t take constructive criticism as truly being helpful and you think it’s being harmful, then we’re going to have problems,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said, referring to the Obama administration. …

“I have all along said that the Affordable Care Act, which was passed before I came to Congress, needs revision,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said. “As the implementation goes forward, we’re going to find more and more areas where it doesn’t work exactly as intended or hoped for, and we will need to be open to opportunities to work together.” …

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2014, has successfully enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges. But he declined the employer contribution that would have paid for most of his health care plan — a fact he stressed while speaking to reporters on Wednesday. His Blue Cross plan will cost about $594 per month, Begich said.