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Rebellion brews over O-Care fix


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Democrats ready to defy Obama if Nov 30 deadline fails.

Given today's news that the payment system hasn't even been written yet... sounds like a done deal.



The administration is risking rebellion from some Democrats in Congress if it fails to deliver on its promise to fix HealthCare.gov by the Nov. 30 deadline set by President Obama.

By and large, Democratic lawmakers have held their fire to give Obama’s team space to fix the technical problems that have stalled the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

If the president’s team fails to deliver, Democrats will embrace legislation extending the law’s enrollment period or forcing insurance companies to continue offering plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s standards, according to Democratic aides.

When asked last week whether he would join his home-state colleague in supporting the Landrieu bill, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said he would assess his options after Nov. 30.

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (N.D.), a one-time member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said the administration knows there’s a lot riding on getting the website fixed by the end of the month.

“There’s so much pressure to make that happen, I expect that they’re consulting the best people they can find on the planet to correct these problems,” he said.

“The future of the Affordable Care Act depends on these things working. All of them understand the pressure they’re under to get this right.”

Dorgan said the website likely won’t be “error free” by the deadline, but he expects that by Nov. 30 “there will be substantial improvements.”

A second Democratic aide said the party’s incumbents in the chamber facing reelection next year will begin to panic if the Department of Health and Human Services misses another important deadline set by the president.

“If the website is not up, the administration and 2014ers are going to start freaking out even more,” said the aide.

This explains why the President has started dumbing down the expectations, now defining "success" as being 80% of people being able to use the website, but how can that happen if people can't buy their plans?


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