The Democrats own O’Care hook, line and sinker. As O’Care begins to swirl into a death spiral, the Democratic Party will be pulled down with it. Americans did not want O’Care from the start, but it was jammed into law with nary a single Republican vote. Now many Democrats, having awoken to the folly of a healthcare monster they have passed, are waving the white flag. Sorry, no prisoners! Voters in 2014 will have a chance to end the careers of all who supported O’Care. Next will come repeal. Here Charles Krauthammer details the plight of liberalism and the Democrats.
So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your plan” pledge. And calls for the Affordable Care Act to be changed, despite furious White House resistance to the very idea.
Coming from the dean of the Democratic Party, this one line marked the breaching of the dam. It legitimized the brewing rebellion of panicked Democrats against Obamacare. Within hours, that rebellion went loudly public. By Thursday, President Obama had been forced into a rearguard holding action, asking insurers to grant a one-year extension of current plans.
The damage to the Obama presidency, however, is already done. His approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, his lowest ever. And, for the first time, a majority considers him untrustworthy. That bond is not easily repaired.
At stake, however, is more than the fate of one presidency or of the current Democratic majority in the Senate. At stake is the new, more ambitious, social-democratic brand of American liberalism introduced by Obama, of which Obamacare is both symbol and concrete embodiment.
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