By and large, Democratic lawmakers have held their fire to give Obama’s team space to fix the technical problems that have stalled the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
If the president’s team fails to deliver, Democrats will embrace legislation extending the law’s enrollment period or forcing insurance companies to continue offering plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s standards, according to Democratic aides.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), whose home state of New Hampshire does not have a state-run healthcare exchange and must depend on the faulty federal website, has proposed extending the enrollment period and delaying penalties.
“The Shaheen bill becomes ascendant,” said a Senate Democratic aide. “The Shaheen bill is what directly addresses the website not working, by extending the time for people to sign up.”