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Opinion

November 3, 2013

Editorial: Democrats made Obamacare mess inevitable

N.H. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is running as fast as she can from an Obamacare debacle she helped create.

Millions of people are now being notified that they will lose their existing health insurance and must sign up for new, government-approved health plans via a website that doesn’t work. This despite years of promises from President Obama and the Democrats that “if you like your current health insurance, you’ll be able to keep it.”

Now Shaheen is among a handful of her fellow Democrats who suggest the individual mandate to comply with Obamacare or face penalties might be delayed. Shaheen authored a letter, signed by several prominent Democratic senators, calling for extending the deadline to sign up for insurance beyond the current March 31, 2014.

When Republicans suggested during the recent government shutdown that the mandate be delayed for a year, Democrats derided them as bomb-toting terrorists and anarchists of the worst sort.

Obamacare, the Democrats claimed, was “settled law.” Well now that the citizens are screaming bloody murder, it’s not so “settled” after all.

It’s enough to make one wonder what is the point of sending actual representatives and senators to Washington to protect our interests. If senators like Shaheen are going to do the bidding of the leadership so thoughtlessly, without any regard to the effect of such legislation on the people they represent, the voters might as well spare themselves the trouble and expense and send a wooden puppet to Capitol Hill. Then, when the time comes to vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can just pull a string to raise its hand in the affirmative and be done with it.

Millions of Americans are getting letters from their insurers that their health plans will be cancelled because the coverage they provide does not meet the standards required in the Affordable Care Act.

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