BREAKING: Senate Democrats Give White House 72 Hours FeaturedWritten by Ed Willing
DEVELOPING STORY: In yet another blow to the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Diane Feinstein has spearheaded an organized effort to place a 72 hour deadline on the Obama Administration to come up with a magic pill for the millions of policy cancellations smothering political life among Democratic districts nationwide. Today started with WIFree reporting fmr. President Bill Clinton calling the President out, asking him to "change the law" in order to fulfill his "you can keep it" promise, and today Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) garnered support among Senate Democrats to support her bill that changes the law immediately, in regard to "grandfathered plans."
The ultimatum is based upon Senate Dems backing one of two plans in play, one of which is a GOP-sponsored plan.
The pressure from D.C. Democrats has been mounting heavily in the last week, as they've seen the President's poll numbers drop to less than President George Bush experienced the last year of his Presidency, and estimates of policy cancellations up to 5 million have been reported across the country.
This morning, WIFree reported Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader's remarks in a 20 minute interview where he claimed the President was "grossly misleading" in his pitch for the law, and that his spokesman, Jay Carney was guilty of "double talk" on the issue. This latest development could prove to be a game-changer in contested districts where the government shutdown last month hurt many incumbent GOP leaders in polling.
Conservative groups have been pointing to a recent report exposed by NBC News that showed the President and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius knew of the coming policy cancellation debacle 3 years ago. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report in June 2010 showing they had estimates that up to 93 million insurance policies would be terminated if the law were passed, in both the employer-sponsored and individual insurance markets. The report was issued long before the actual bill was passed, causing some to speculate if Speaker Pelosi's "pass it so we can see what's in it" gaffe was more literal than many had assumed.
Watch this page for updates as they develop.
The 72 hour deadline was revealed on The Kelly File this evening with Megyn Kelly. Video below:
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Ed Willing helped launch WisconsinFree.com and served as it's first Editor-in-Chief. He is also the author of the book "Part Time Nation." As a small business owner and manager of several blogs he has experience with local reporting, policy research and budget matters. He was a co-founder and editor of Founders Intent and has also worked as a consultant and trainer for political campaigns and Fortune 500 companies. His primary interests are in Constitutional Law and economics, having the opportunity to conduct public speaking seminars for activists and business professionals.