Mr. Dionne acknowledges only that the botched rollout of Obamacare showed the government’s “IT acquisition needs radical improvement.” Is he serious? The law itself needs to be repealed and replaced with a market-oriented alternative that is business-friendly and doesn’t kill jobs.
Even Hillary Clinton is suggesting that key parts of the law’s mandates should be reworked. In a speech before a health management group in Orlando, it was reported that Mrs. Clinton “endorsed efforts to change some provisions that have become problematic,” including the law’s unpopular business mandate to cover all full-time employees.
“I would be the first to say if things aren’t working, then we need … to come together and make evidence-based changes,” she told a health care industry conference.
Is Mrs. Clinton deserting the sinking Obamacare ship? It’s too early to tell, but she’s listening to Democratic lawmakers across the country who are telling her the unpopular law is killing them politically.
One of them is Miami Rep. Joe Garcia, who voted for Obamacare, and is now getting battered by his Republican challenger.
Mr. Garcia is running a desperate TV ad in his district that a Miami Herald blogger says is an attempt to insulate “him against claims he’s an Obamacare apologist.” Here’s part of the text of his ad: “Joe Garcia is working to fix Obamacare. He voted to let you keep your existing health plan and took the White House to task for the disastrous health care website.”
It doesn’t sound as if Mr. Garcia has a warm feeling about Obamacare, does it? This unusually defensive ad was paid for by the Democrats’ House Majority PAC. Ouch.
Mr. Obama seems to see the handwriting on the wall that his party may be in for yet another shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections. He certainly sounded defensive about the Democrats’ prospects at a Democratic Governors Association fundraiser last week.
“We know how to win national elections, but all too often it’s during these midterms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble,” he said.
He’s in trouble all right, with his disappointed supporters and his party’s deeply dispirited base, who are unhappy with his performance and have begun to turn on him.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.