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Obamacare: Now it’s getting real.
Posted By Paul Gleiser On May 2, 2013 @ 4:38 pm In Featured Articles,Fox 51 Primetime | No Comments
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On Tuesday, Apr. 30, President Obama held his first open press conference  in more than two months and the usually tame press corps gave the president a harder time than usual. One line of questioning revealed what will likely be a recurring source of heartburn for the president between now and the end of his term.
The president called on NBC’s Chuck Todd who stood up and said that retiring six-term Democratic senator Max Baucus of Montana, who carried much of the water in passing Obamacare, is on record as saying that the implementation of Obamacare is a “train wreck.” Todd asked why Sen. Baucus would say such a thing and how the president would respond.
And thus the reality of Obamcare in its implementation begins to replace the abstraction of Obamacare as it was being forced through Congress on a 100 percent pure party-line vote.
Baucus’s ‘train wreck’ metaphor is apt. There are huge problems with Obamacare that millions of average Americans will begin to feel very acutely and very soon.
Democrats in both the House and the Senate are beginning to hear from constituents and what they are hearing is not, ‘Thank you for voting for Obamacare.’ This is a problem for Democrats, particularly those elected from districts and states that went for Romney in 2012. Unlike any other piece of major legislation in American history, the Democrats own Obamacare 100 percent. There is not a single Republican vulnerable to voter reprisal for helping enact the Affordable Care Act. To the extent that Americans are unhappy with Obamacare, Democrats shoulder all of the blame.
So keenly aware of this fact is Senator Max Baucus that rather than face voters in his state of Montana that went decisively for Romney in 2012, he is retiring at the end of his term in 2014.
Several other senators find themselves in similarly uncomfortable positions.
The enactment of Obamacare is the single biggest accomplishment of the Obama administration. That accomplishment is looking more and more like a first term victory that will haunt the president relentlessly in his second term.
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