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  •  Well, here's the issue (5+ / 0-)
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    How confident are the Democrats that, if we simply remain at the status quo (assuming the website is fixed at some point) they will be rewarded, rather than punished, for the ACA in November 2014?  

    Because if no legislation passes Congress at all, we are at the status quo -- the ACA is entirely a Democratic bill, and Democrats live with it, good or bad.  If the Democrats up for re-election in 2014 are very confident that, if we simply push through, the public will be happy with the ACA, and with the Democrats who supported it, in 2014, then they are pretty safe voting against anything the Republicans suggest.  If that is what happens, then the Republicans would need this vote (and would need to compromise) more than the Democrats, because if the ACA is going to be viewed as a big plus by next fall, Democrats don't need to have it changed in any way right now.

    On the other hand, if Democrats are worried that, by next fall (if we simply push through with no legislative fix) a lot of people are going to be unhappy with the ACA, then they are the ones who -- politically -- need to have some "fix" put in place, and they need it more than Republicans do, because (if that assumption is correct) the status quo benefits Republicans far more in 2014.  

    Right now, the news reports are that there is a "Democratic revolt" against the WH because Democrats think this is a political crisis, and that they will be punished for the ACA next fall come election time.  Supposedly, it was meetings with angry Democrats that caused the Presidents statements yesterday (which included an explicit statement that he was sorry he put Democrats in this position, IIRC).  We'll see if those reports are true or not.  

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