Monday, October 21, 2013

Pelosi Wants Obamacare Fixed

The Democrats are on a roll post the shutdown and want to translate it into taking back the House.
This, of course, is what Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lives for. But, the strategy is endangered by the poor performance of the Affordable Care Act rollout. Hence, Pelosi shouted out on Friday that the “computer must be fixed.” It’s a problem.
  • Obamacare has been a long-term controversy for Democrats, and the failed rollout reinforces its poor image.
  • It is mostly Pelosi and her House majority in 2009 and 2010 that crafted, passed and, in recent years, protected it.
  • The problem plagued rollout aligns with Republicans’ argument the law is a disaster. They will use it extensively in the 2014 election.
  • Pelosi has a chance, if not yet seen as likely, to pick up the 17 seats needed to give Democrats back the House. Their chances greatly improved the last two weeks, but months of Obamacare bad press could replace the negative news of the shutdown.
Ms. Sebelius may not be pushed out, but she is definitely not seeing her home much.

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