The more President Barack Obama’s troubled health care “reform” program continues to crash and burn, the more Republicans — on the ropes just a couple of weeks ago from the disastrous government shutdown — rejoice and plan eagerly for next year’s midterm elections.
The continuing problems of HealthCare.gov have put the GOP back on offense and in better shape than they ever dreamed after taking a beating and becoming the object of public scorn for their steadfast obstruction on Obamacare that led to the shuttering of many government operations for 16 days and drove the country to bring of default on the national debt.
And just as Obama struggled to try and correct the many glitches on HealthCare.gov, the cancellation of millions of Americans from existing healthcare programs left the President reeling from a broken promise that such a thing would never happen.
Then the President made matters worse by issuing a halfhearted apology without accepting blame or showing any remorse.
That lame effort by the President brought sharp words from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who issued a statement saying “if the president is truly sorry for breaking his promises to the American people, he’ll do more than issue a halfhearted apology on TV.”
Before the widespread cancellations, Republicans were stuck with trying to capitalize on computer glitches — something experienced by many Americans on many fronts.
Now, the opportunity-hungry GOP sees the cancellations as a chance to nail Obama and Democrats with more serious charges of deceit and incompetence.”
“This is a big issue and it is not going away,” says a gleeful Daniel Scarpinato of the House Republican Congressional Committee. “Democrats who voted for Obamacare are pretty desperately running around with their hair on fire, trying to distance themselves, which they are not going to be able to do.”
Obama finds himself under pressure from worried Democrats who face tough mid-term elections and demands are mounting for delays in implementation of the troubled Obamacare program.
For the battered and bruised GOP, the opportunity to capitalize on Democratic missteps and stumbles could not come at a better time. The party took a beating in state elections last week and the party is beset by internal struggles from an increasing number who want to distance themselves from the rabid right-wing lead by the tea party.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe, while leading in pre-election polls by as much as double digits, narrowly beat tea party Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor‘s race because of growing backlash on Obamacare.
“Obamacare went from a plus to a minus over the weekend just before the election,” a campaign aide to McAuliffe grumbled to Capitol Hill Blue after the tight election. “We had it in the bag and then Terry appeared with the President to trumpet Obamacare. That almost blew the election for us.”
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