Jeanne Shaheen basically admits Obamacare is a mess

New Hampshire senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen, facing an increasingly tough reelection battle in 2014, joined a group of vulnerable Democrats pushing for significant changes to the Obamacare law. Beltway news outlet The Hill reported that Shaheen and three other Senators are working on a “multi-faceted plan to rework parts” of the law:

Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Mark Udall (Colo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) are discussing a multi-faceted plan to rework parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Landrieu, Shaheen and Udall face reelection next year.

“The [ObamaCare implementation] upgrade has been significant, but there’s more work to be done,” said Udall.

“Sen. Landrieu, Sen. Heitkamp, Sen. Shaheen and I are all working on a package that would incorporate our ideas,” he added.

Shaheen wants to extend the enrollment period for the ACA; Landrieu wants to mandate that insurance companies continue to offer plans that people like, even if they don’t meet the law’s requirements; and Udall wants to expand the pool of people included in the individual insurance marketplace.

“I’m not satisfied yet,” said Shaheen. “I’m still talking to people in New Hampshire to see what challenges we’re facing.”

“We have had a conversation about possibly introducing a package of fixes at the appropriate time,” she added in a later conversation.

Talking heads have credited the disastrous rollout of the federal healthcare with causing major problems for Democrats running in competitive states, and recent polling indicates that the Republicans are seen as likely to take back the U.S. Senate.

This move from Shaheen indicates an unprecedented degree of concern that her support of Obamacare is hurting her chances of reelection. Viewed as nearly invincible just months ago, she has become a target of national Republicans as polls show her holding a single-digit lead over some potential Republican challengers, including former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. Backing away from her party’s signature achievement during her time in office is sure to become fodder for GOP attack ads, and potentially draw the ire of liberal Democrats.

Author: Staff Reporter

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  • Scott

    I will not vote for her 2014 ..She will stab you in the back then look at you ! She is for more tax”s she wants to put a building code bill in to law {s1392} She has 2 faces and they both have to go ! She would not hold a town meeting only her staff when she had the time from D.C …5 weeks vaccy .. Do you know how many farms have bellied up in New Hampshire in the last 6 years ? Do you know N.H this year alone over 600 bankruptcy cases”s have been filed . The the most in all of history . Now did you know over 6500 refugees the last 4 to 5 years from the most corrupt countries from the west in Burma to the East in Yemen she and our Democrat party have placed to colonize in N.H . and Another 2500 more coming by this Summer of 2014

  • Joe Btfsplk

    Every time I see one of these lunatics I can’t help but wonder what the hell is wrong with the voters that elected her. If half the people that gripe now had voted for someone else, we wouldn’t be in this mess.