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ENDANGERED DEM TRIES COSTLY CAVEAT TO ‘IF YOU LIKE IT’
How will vulnerable Democrats deal with the past promises of continued coverage under ObamaCare? Sen. Jean Shaheen, D-N.H., tried a riff that could prove costly to her re-election bid. The freshman senator told radio station WKXL that constituents who lost policies or access to their preferred providers under the president’s health law could just pay more to keep what they liked. “At least for people who are willing to pay more, that they have that option of going to their doctor and hospital no matter what their insurer does.” Shaheen also dodged when asked if she would still vote for ObamaCare knowing what she knows now about the troubled health law. This condition on President Obama’s “If you like it…” pledge was first floated by ObamaCare architect Ezekial Emanuel. The latest poll in her race puts Shaheen 10 points ahead of still-undeclared Republican, Scott Brown.
[Pulling a Putin - Washington Examiner: “Scott Brown isn't running for Senate yet -- but he looked every bit a candidate on the front page of a New Hampshire newspaper on Monday, photographed shirtless at a local Penguin Plunge charity event in Hampton Beach, N.H.”]
S.O.S. - What Democrats need is a good answer to the question about why people are losing coverage and access to care. A good answer could make the difference in control of the Senate. Shaheen’s stumble suggests that her party is still a long way from a finding a solid stance. And remember, the next waves of cancellations, rate hikes and “doc shock” is just getting started.