As Obamacare Falls Apart, Dems Demand More Obamacare

Democrats’ ‘Radical’ ‘Obamacare 2.0’ Fix For Failing Health Law ‘Opening Old Wounds’ With Fellow Democrats


“With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Obama’s health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether ‘Obamacare’ will go down as a failed experiment.” (“As Obama’s Term Wanes, Obamacare Needs Checkup,” The Associated Press, 8/28/2016)

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “At a time when Obamacare is raising health costs dramatically, chasing competition out of the health industry, and collapsing in on itself, Democrats just rolled out a brand-new health-care idea to fix the problems that even they grudgingly admit are plaguing families. Their answer? More Obamacare.” (Sen. McConnell, Press Release)

President Obama, Senate Democrat Leaders, And Liberal Groups Call For Even More Government In ‘Obamacare 2.0’

“Obamacare 2.0: ... President Barack Obama is laying out a blueprint for addressing unsolved problems with his signature health law, including a renewed call for a ‘public option’ to let Americans buy insurance from the government.” (“Obamacare 2.0: Obama Calls For Revisiting The Public Option,” The Associated Press, 7/11/2016)

“Senate Democrats and liberal groups are unveiling a new push to add a public option on ObamaCare ... The effort is led by senators including Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), on track to be the next Democratic leader, and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)...” (“Senate Dems Unveil New Public Option Push For Obamacare,” The Hill, 9/15/2016)

‘Democratic Senators Made It Clear That They Remain Uncomfortable With A Government-Run Health Program’

“A liberal attempt to revive the so-called public option — a government-run insurance plan to shore up gaps in the Affordable Care Act — is opening old wounds between the Democratic Party’s liberal and moderate wings.” (“Democratic Liberals, Moderates Feud Over Public Option,” Politico, 9/22/2016)

“[M]oderate Democratic senators made it clear that they remain uncomfortable with a government-run health program.” (“Democratic Liberals, Moderates Feud Over Public Option,” Politico, 9/22/2016)

  • “Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) ... called the public-option debate a ‘distraction.’ ‘We’ve had a whole lot of discussion about what’s going to happen to Obamacare but … we aren’t having discussions [about how we deliver higher-quality care at lower costs] because we keep discussing how we’re going to fund it,’ she said.” (“Democratic Liberals, Moderates Feud Over Public Option,” Politico, 9/22/2016)

There Wasn’t Enough Support From Democrats To Pass A Government Plan In 2009, Either

“During hard-fought negotiations in Congress before Obama signed the law in 2010, liberals pushed vehemently for a public option, in which Americans could opt for a government-run plan ... It was scuttled to secure enough votes from moderate Democrats to pass the bill.” (“Obamacare 2.0: Obama Calls For Revisiting The Public Option,” The Associated Press, 7/11/2016)

FLASHBACK: Democrat Senators In 2009: ‘A Government Insurance Company … Is A Radical Departure’

Then-SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (ID-CT): “One last word on the public option -- I understand that some who have advocated say we need to have a government insurance company in the market to keep the insurance companies honest. This is a radical departure from the way we have responded to the market in America in the past.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 11/22/2009)

Then-SEN. BEN NELSON (D-NE): “It’s a deal-breaker for me if there’s a government-run plan to replace existing insurance plans.” (“Nelson Open To Public Role In Health Reform,” Lincoln Journal Star [NE], 5/31/2009)

Then-SEN. BYRON DORGAN (D-ND): “I've indicated I won't vote for a bill that's a government take over of health insurance, or the healthcare system.” (“Dorgan Holds Town Hall Meeting,” Kxnet, 8/20/2009)

Then-SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN (D-AR): “I don't support a public option that is government funded or government run, and that puts the taxpayers at risk in the long run.” (“Lincoln Talks Health Care, Public Option,” MSNBC’s “First Read,” 12/4/2009)

Then-SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA): “Count Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) as a ‘no’ vote on the public insurance option.  ‘I am not open to a public option, however I will remain open to a compromise - a full compromise,’ Landrieu told reporters Tuesday. ‘A public option is not something I support I don't think its the right way to go.’” (“Landrieu Nixes Public Option,” Politico, 6/9/2009)


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