Democrats, anxious to separate themselves from Obama before the 2014 midterm election, are gearing up to use Capitol Hill hearings to point out examples of waste, fraud, abuse or just outright incompetence to try to persuade constituents that they aren’t responsible for the bungled rollout.[One House Democrat from a traditionally safe seat based in a major city] predicted oversight hearings are “going to be ugly” come next month. “The more we find out about this implementation of the ACA, the worse it looks. The Congress did our job. We passed the ACA. It’s up to the administration to implement the law.”
According to this piece, Democrats may really start to cut loose after December 1st. They expect the website to be working well by then, and if it isn’t, they’ll use hearings, bills, and other methods of defection to signal to the public their detachment from Obamacare.Even though the White House now seems confident that the site is making rapid progress, it still looks unlikely that the site will be completely operational six days from now. The first test of the administration’s “tech surge” will be whether the President can get his own party back on board with the Affordable Care Act. If he can’t, it will be an even further reach to win over an alarmed and angry public. And so far, it looks like all the closed door meetings and sanguine public pronouncements aren’t convincing Democrats to stop sharpening their knives.