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8:47 AM, Nov 7, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Several members of the Senate – all of them Democrats and up for reelection next year – went to the White House yesterday for a meeting with the president during which they told him about their constituents' struggles with Obamacare and how those difficulties are making reelection increasingly problematic for the senators, themselves.

One wonders if this could have possibly come as news to the president. “Problems with Obamacare? Why haven’t I been told before now.  Retribution on Election Day?  This is insupportable.  Get Rahm in here … no, I mean, get Dan in here.”

The senators insisted that it would be a real fine idea to get the web site working and to make sure, by the way, that the privacy of people using it is protected.  They then moved on to the next phase of the Washington ritual – the obligatory issuing of press releases.  The one sent out by Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, as reported by Steven Dennis of Roll Call, was especially forceful

“The rollout of HealthCare.gov has not been smooth — to say the least — and I shared the concerns of Coloradans directly with the president,” Udall said in the statement. “Consumers should have the time they need to shop for a plan and enroll after the widespread problems with the website are fixed. I urged the president again to extend the enrollment period to give consumers enough time to make an informed decision about their family’s health insurance options. I also told the president that, for the Affordable Care Act to succeed, consumers need to be confident their personal information is secure. We need to do everything in our power to protect the online marketplace from hackers and cyberattacks.”

After “sharing” the senators’ concerns with them, the president left town to “attend two high-dollar fund-raisers for the DSCC.”  

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