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Democrats Feeling Health Law Anxiety Over Troubled Start

Democrats are worried the health law's problems could hurt them politically as Senate Democrats push Obama administration officials to ease their anxiety and fix implementation of the law.

The New York Times: Troubled Start for Health Law Has Democrats Feeling Anxious
Already under fierce attack from Republicans over the new health care law, President Obama now faces broad and mounting Democratic concerns that the troubled start of the insurance program will cut into the political benefit the party received from the government shutdown and cost Democratic candidates in next year's midterm elections (Weisman, 10/31).

Politico: Senate Dems Vent To W.H. On Obamacare
Anxious Senate Democrats gave senior White House officials an earful over the bungled rollout of the health care law, pushing the Obama administration to rectify problems that have become a political liability for their party. At a private lunch briefing Thursday in the Capitol, senior administration officials heard concerns over the law’s new website, frustration about the cancellation of some insurance policies and fears that the White House’s poor messaging failed to convey how Obamacare will actually work. While the mood was cordial, senators said, the questions were pointed and the anxiety was palpable (Raju, Everett and Haberkorn, 10/31).

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