As faithful readers of this blog know I usually refer to members of Congress as Congress Critters. I do this because most of them normally act like herd beasts. We see this especially when the members come under high political stress: they tend to stampede when a political panic sets in. The Democrats in Congress are beginning to stampede over ObamaCare:
Obama’s fellow Democrats have started to lose faith, and time is of the essence: The House will vote Friday on a GOP bill that would allow insurance companies to revive scrapped health insurance policies. Unless Democrats are certain that a remedy is on the way, many will be inclined to vote “yes.”
Even progressive Democrats and staunch allies of leadership had strong words for the White House officials dispatched to meet with House Democrats on Wednesday morning, according to sources in the room — and the White House is sure to hear another dose of angst Thursday, when aides meet with Senate Democrats.
“We’ve got a problem, and we gotta fix it, and we’re looking for what the White House response is gonna be,” said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., who still hasn’t decided how he will vote on the bill sponsored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.
“I think in diplomatic terms we had a frank discussion,” said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. “I think there was a lot of frustration and, in some cases, anger vented towards the White House for their continued ham-fisted approach. It’s not just their credibility that’s on the line, but it’s our credibility.”
“Why can’t we call people who know how to do these things, who do it for corporate America, and say, ‘We have a website, fix it?’” asked Rep. José E. Serrano, D-N.Y. “Maybe I’m being simplistic, but can’t we call Bill Gates up and say, ‘Take care of this?’ Or go to a college dorm and say, ‘You guys, you invented Yahoo, can you take care of this?’”
Go here to read the rest from Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air. Over on the Senate side:
Go here to read the rest from Allahpundit at Hot Air.
Now why are the Democrats panicking? Because their constituents have finally woken up to the fact that the whole purpose of ObamaCare is to (a) force people, mostly the young, who do not want health insurance to pay for it at inflated rates with high deductibles ; (b) to force all consumers of health care insurance to subsidize the old and hitherto uninsurable; (c) to take away choice in regard to insurance and force 60 year old couples to pay for maternity coverage for example; and (d) to eliminate old health insurance coverage and to force people to take new policies at usually higher rates, larger deductibles, and limited choice of doctors and hospitals. These are not bugs but features, with ObamaCare, except for the hilariously messed up website, working precisely as Obama and his henchmen and the Democrats on Capitol Hill designed it. The Democrats have one problem: All but die hard yellow dog Democrat partisans hate this, and their ire is showing up in the polls:
What a difference a couple weeks makes. Republicans have a slim three-point advantage when Americans are asked about their vote preference for Congress in the latest Fox News poll. That’s an 11 percentage-point shift from last month when Democrats had an 8-point edge.
Go here to read more from Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air. If legislation passes Congress to allow people to keep their old insurance policies then Obama will have a dilemma on his hand. Veto the legislation and he is in open warfare with most of the Dems on Capitol Hill. Sign the legislation and he kills his only Presidential “accomplishment”. ObamaCare could only sort of work if people were forced to give up their old policies and be driven into signing up for the new ObamaCare policies. Take that away and ObamaCare collapses. Pass the popcorn.