Senator Reid knows two things:
1) There are a lot of Democrats running scared because of ObamaCare; and,
2) Union leaders are not crazy about ObamaCare either.
Deroy Murdock shared some rather interesting polling data on Sunday:
"This research echoes growing doubts about Obamacare among leading Democrats and the union bosses who love them.
"We've got millions of people - working-class, middle-class people - who are going to be pushed into a regulatory health coverage no man's land," Senator Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) warned last Valentine's Day. "They are unable to afford the family coverage through their employer and ineligible for the subsidy that could be used by dependents on the exchange."
On March 21, 33 Senate Democrats voted for a non-binding resolution against Obamacare's medical-device tax. Illinois's Dick Durbin, Minnesota's Al Franken, and Maryland's Barbara Mikulski were among those who decried this job-killing, innovation-crushing 2.3 percent levy on the gross revenues, rather than profits, of health-implement manufacturers. On June 7, 2012, 37 Democrats and 233 Republicans backed Representative Erik Paulsen's (R., Minn.) bill to kill this cruel, senseless tax.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded that Obamacare could cost people more money, not less. "These folks will be moving into a really fully insured product for the first time," she said March 26, "and so there may be a higher cost associated with getting into that market."
I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress," Senator Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) lamented April 9. "Tax reform obviously has been huge, too. But up to this point, it is just beyond comprehension."
In an April 17 candor attack, Senator Max Baucus (D., Mont.), a key Obamacare engineer, notoriously said, "I just see a huge train wreck coming."
In an April 29 candidates' debate against her ultimately victorious opponent, Mark Sanford (R., S.C.), Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch slammed Obamacare. Said the real-life sister of TV comedian Stephen Colbert: "Obamacare is extremely problematic. It is expensive. It is a $500 billion cost [more] than we originally anticipated. It's cutting into Medicare benefits, and it's having companies lay off their employees because they are worried about the cost of it. That is extremely problematic. It needs an enormous fix."
WHEC-TV Rochester asked Senator Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) to explain rising Empire State health premiums. "It's in part because of Obamacare," he conceded May 3.
Representative John Larson (D., Conn.) complained that congressional staffers would be thrown into the Obamacare health exchanges. "'Listen," he said June 13 inPolitico, "this is simply not fair to these employees."
Obamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board "is essentially a health-care rationing body," former Democratic National chairman Howard Dean, M.D., opined in July 29's Wall Street Journal. "The IPAB will cause frustration to providers and patients alike, and it will fail to control costs." The Hill reports that Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Representatives Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut and Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona - Democrats all - have co-sponsored legislation to padlock IPAB. At least 22 House Democrats favor its abolition.
I am convinced that there are many Democrats who would love a second chance to amend ObamaCare. My guess is that they would love to delay it or put off implementation until after the 2014 election.
This is why I support forcing Democrats to take public positions on ObamaCare. It's critical to have Democrats vote "yes or no" about all of those waivers, such as the outrage that Congress and their staff are exempt from the law that they passed.
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