Legislators who voted in favor of Obamacare in 2010 appear to be getting jumpy as implementation of the law and their campaigns for reelection draw ever closer. First, Max Baucus says he fears a "train wreck," when the bill begins to go into effect. Then, he announced he will not run for re-election. Now, as Robert Pear reports in the New York Times:
Democrats in both houses of Congress said some members of their party were getting nervous that they could pay a political price if the rollout of the law was messy or if premiums went up significantly ...
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, who is up for re-election next year, said, “We are hearing from a lot of small businesses in New Hampshire that do not know how to comply with the law.”
The legislators who crafted and passed the Affordable Care Act law in a spirit of triumphalism are now getting the cold sweats and meeting with White House staffers to express their concerns and ask for reassurance.
Why, one wonders, couldn't they just spend a couple of weekends at home and use the time to explain things to their nervous constituents. Tell them how the Affordable Care Acts works and how it will make things better for them. Bring back a little of that spirit of 2010. They wrote the law, after all, they ought to be able to explain it and defend it.
If they can't, then they deserve to be nervous. Real nervous.