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Time’s up: Democrats corner Obama

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Politics,Chris Stirewalt,Power Play

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TIME’S UP: DEMOCRATS CORNER OBAMA - After six weeks of botches and bungles, Democrats are out of patience with President Obama’s failure to launch his signature health insurance entitlement program. A suggestion by former President Bill Clinton to allow Americans to keep health plans banned by ObamaCare was followed just hours later by a similar call from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. It was one thing when the plea came from Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., a red-state Democrat who is fleeing a president deeply unpopular in her home state. But to have an electorally safe, reliably liberal, blue-state senator join the push means that the president is out of time. Even House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is saying he is not closing the door to voting for Rep. Fred Upton’s, R-Mich., proposal that would allow insurers to continue selling insurance plans that would otherwise be banned under the law. Fox News has more.

Oregon Democrat: Obama was “grossly misleading” -  In an interview with Portland TV station KGW, Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., took a hard line on President Obama’s decision not to honor the “if you like it” pledge. “I think the president saying you could stay with it and not being honest that a lot of these policies were going to get cancelled was grossly misleading to the American public and is causing added stress and added strife as we go through a really difficult time with health care,” he said. Watch here.

What to do? - The administration is still outwardly resisting calls for legislative changes to the sputtering law, but that can’t last. But none of the options on offer look good for ObamaCare. Delaying regulations that ban existing policies could deprive the entitlement program of much-needed enrollees and jeopardize the next phase of implementation when similar rules come down on the largest share of policies in employer-based insurance. Delaying the individual mandate might mean an accelerated “death spiral” for private insurance, too. But the scope of the problems and the depth of the online botch look larger than what can be fixed by executive order or tweaking regulations. If the president wants to bunker this out, he can. But Democrats look likely to make him veto a bipartisan bill if he aims to do that.

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