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November 6, 2013 - 3:53 pm

The most transparent administration evah held a secret meeting today with more than a dozen vulnerable congressional Democrats. The fact that the meeting even took place only leaked after some of the Democrats who attended ripped the Obama administration in press releases later. The meeting never appeared on the official White House calender.

We’ll leave aside the question of what else isn’t appearing on the official White House calendar.

Roll Call says today’s meeting got “spicy” as vulnerable Democrats are feeling the heat from a policy they all supported and is now a bona fide political Titanic minus the courageous stories of self-sacrifice and bravery.

During a two-hour meeting that was not on the president’s public schedule, the president met with 15 Senate Democrats facing the voters next year, as well as Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska issued a release after the meeting torching the administration.

“It is simply unacceptable for Alaskans to bear the brunt of the Administration’s mismanagement of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and that is the message U.S. Senator Mark Begich delivered to President Obama today,” his office said in a statement blasted to reporters.

The release went on to say that Begich complained about “an unworkable website, technical glitches and inaccurate information about peoples’ individual situations. Begich demanded the administration fix the problems immediately so Alaskans, including the 55,000 eligible for subsidies to lower monthly premiums, can realize the many benefits due to them as a result of the health reform law.

“Alaskans should be appreciating the critical benefits of the Affordable Care Act but there is an understandable crisis in confidence because the administration has yet to get it off the ground,” Begich said.

Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado said he let the president know just how upset he is about the troubled health care law. He sent out a release saying that he had pressed the administration to extend the enrollment period due to the problems with HealthCare.gov, ensure that the data on the website is secure and make other modifications.

Was that the point of this meeting — just to let Democrats posture that they’re giving Obama the business, to give them a little daylight between themselves and him? Or did they actually discuss real policy? This White House puts politics ahead of everything including the truth. It treated the lives of four Americans in Benghazi with callous disregard because of the politics, and it overruled policy experts who warned that Healthcare.gov was nowhere near ready to launch, because the political staff wanted to go ahead and launch. So it’s likely that today’s meeting was all for show.

It’s an important show. Virginia’s governor result shows that Obamacare can be decisive and could cost the Democrats the Senate next year.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Political theater. They get to distance themselves from Obama for the election, while continuing to support this crap legislation. "I didn't know! I took the President at his word! (Fill in your own excuse, here.)"

And you know what? It will work. Because voters are very, very stupid.
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Does any of this matter. After Tuesday election of Mac in Virginia I think we have a long long way to go before we win anything.
That said I am not saying we become dem lite, I am saying us conservatives just keep working hard to get our ideas out.
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The correct statement by the Dems feeling the heat is something dating from 1945. "Ich bin belogen und betrogen"---I have been lied to and betrayed. Lots of NSDAP members used that excuse to explain themselves---when they weren't saying, "Befehl ist Befehl"---Orders are orders. They all voted for ObamaScam. they should not be getting a Persilschein---a deNazification certificate.
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Oh to be a fly on the wall of Kay Hagan's reelection campaign......

But more seriously, any endeavor has it's own difficulties. Some endeavors more so than others, and the more complex something is the more subject it will be to failure.

There is a design philosophy known as KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid.

The simpler something is, the more resilient against damage or problems (aka "glitches") it will be.

The KISS principle is nowhere evident in Obamacare.

Not in how the law was written (Pelosi, dumba$$).

Not in how the law was passed (Harry Reid just HAD to win...).

Not in how it was deemed constitutional (gee, thanks for legitimizing this POS John Roberts, you putz...).

Not in how the frickin' HUGE bureaucracy was set up to implement it (your federal employees at work....).

Not in how the rules implementing Obamacare were set up (Sebillius).

Not in how the website to conduct Obamacare was set up (Canadian company? They couldn't find a US firm to handle this?)

And now not in the attempt at how it's abject failure is being rationalized away.

So many failures.....

At some point, even the almighty omnipotent federal government has to admit to failure and cut it's losses.

Unfortunately, it IS now the law of the land and must be implemented unless Congress repeals it.

The Pelosi / Reid Congress created what is technically known as a clusterf#ck, and now the democrats own it lock, stock and barrel.

It needs to be hung around the necks of every democrat in every political race throughout the country until they squeal for mercy.
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I am also in Kay Hagans state. Didn't vote for her then, surely won't now.
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A LOT of us fellow North Carolinians didn't vote for her - but we have been stuck with her now for over 5 years.

She ain't gonna be missed come January 2015. At least that will be the case if the Republican party actually puts up a viable candidate.
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Political theater. They get to distance themselves from Obama for the election, while continuing to support this crap legislation. "I didn't know! I took the President at his word! (Fill in your own excuse, here.)"

And you know what? It will work. Because voters are very, very stupid.
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BINGO... These dems are still dems and still support everything liberal or communist....
This is all pretend.
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I disagree.

I tend to subscribe to the theory that people don't change until the pain of staying the same exceeds the perceived pain of changing their behavior.

In this case, not changing anything is going to be extremely painful whether the low information voter is paying attention to politics right now or not.

The media, despite their best efforts, can't keep a lid on just how bad it's going to get simply because people will be much more intimately interested in their own personal lives than they will in what the media tries strenuously to get them to believe.

Single mom getting by on a waitressing job?

Get ready to hold down TWO jobs as restaurants cut back hours to come under the limitations Obamacare imposes. The business owners aren't going to take the blame and be made the scapegoat here - they are going to tell anyone who questions it that they have little choice financially if they want to stay in business.

Small business owner who had an individual plan?

Those massive premium hikes and getting booted off of the plan the business owner selected for themselves based on their own needs is going to pi$$ off a lot of folks who normally ignore DC and just try to get by as best they can.

An employee on a company plan?

Well, the rate hikes are already hitting - and ultimately even those plans are going to be mucked with to the point that Obamacare undermines them entirely.

People currently with low deductibles and good policies that suit their needs are not gonna like that.

If you happen to have what the democrats have decried as "Cadillac" policies - in other words, you took the initiative to purchase an extremely good policy to take care of your own needs rather than rely on the government - then they are going to tax the hell out of it and punish you for being self-reliant.

I hold that folks are not gonna like any of these repercussions at all!

So, who are they going to blame?

While I've noticed the media has started using "The Affordable Care Act" more often now (a title that leaves the originators of this law as vague and undefined) - in the vast majority of the public's mind it's still "Obamacare".

At some point, they will be squealing for something to give - and I honestly believe that Obama and the democrats have shot their bolt as far as taking over the health care industry.

They achieved that short term goal - but have epically ruined the implementation of their plans.

It will be so bad by the time it ends that the general population are not going to trust them with a second shot at it.

As such, any Single Payer system is going to be dead on arrival in the House, the Senate isn't going to go along either considering how sweaty they are all getting over their current reelection chances BECAUSE of Obamacare, and the republicans can safely oppose such plans without worry over political repercussions.

If anything, it will be a gift to the republicans as they can beat any democrat into submission that brings up Single Payer simply by dragging what's left of the carcass of Obamacare back out of the closet.....for years!
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The President told the assembled, "I didn't ROOK ya -- I TOOK ya!"
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