November 13th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
11 months ago

White House officials get earful from Democrats on Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - A private meeting on Capitol Hill with House Democrats and White House officials on Wednesday became heated when rank-and-file members expressed frustration about continued Obamacare problems, according to multiple sources in the room.

One congressional Democrat who attended the meeting said senior Obama administration officials Mike Hash and David Simas really "got hit" by House Democrats about everything from the troubled website to the broken promise that people can keep the insurance plans they like.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Just drop the premiums, it attracts more customers. If a premium is less than insurance company offers, I buy–I don't care. It works. Then company will not cancel either.

    November 13, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. tom l

    "House Democrats about everything from the troubled website to the broken promise that people can keep the insurance plans they like."

    I thought it was just a "misstatement" or that he just "misspoke".

    November 13, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. tom l

    I think it's true what I just heard (from Rob Lowe) and it bears repeating. Kennedy had the position of "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country". The new "progressive" democrat wants that to be switched aroudn entirely. They want to know what the country can do for you.

    November 13, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. truth hurts but reality bites

    Yes, they are not very happy that Obama and his lies about Obamacare have them all fearing for their jobs as they too repeated his lies to the American people. Aand it is all on tape that will be played by their political opponents in the next election. Yeah, I can see why they are not happy.

    Can we label this the Democrat Civil War About Obamacare? Yes, I think that would be appropriate.

    November 13, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Did they REALLY think Obama was capable of anything GOOD?????

    He has been a totally destructive President.........period.

    November 13, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Instead of falling apart, why don't they (JUST FOR ONCE), try to fix the problems and work on solid, reliable solutions?

    I am so sick of this.

    November 13, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Animal Farm

    Sheep
    Bigs
    Cows
    Chickens

    Corporate Farming

    November 13, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    well, what do you expect, when the polls show that he is only 52% honest & trustworthy ? I don't blame them for giving him the "riot act" .... They are the ones who won't be voted IN, again, unlike Obama, since this is his last term. Those other people want to be "Lifers" – the pay is excellent / the benefits are just as excellent / the perks are great .....

    I am betting on a republican majority, come November, 2014. (not a sweep) but a repub majority

    November 13, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    Did they REALLY think Obama was capable of anything GOOD?????

    He has been a totally destructive President.........period.

    ==========

    Where were you when the economy tanked in 07 ?

    When you find those WMD's in Iraq , then you can say ........... Period !

    November 13, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    It seems the democrats are finally realizing the folly of Obama Care. No doubt a lot of them knew the truth but had to wait until the Titanic hit the Iceberg. This is kinda like the dam beginning to break. The unemployment is still too high and as long as Obama Care is staring the country in the face it will remain high.

    November 13, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "He has been a totally destructive President.........period."
    -------------------------
    He blasted that dream about "the South shall rise again" completely out of the water. Didn't he? Look, it's still moving away and it's speeding up. Oh, no. It's accellerating towards a black hole. Going, going, GONE.

    November 13, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. foxghostwriter

    "Health plans can't arbitrarily decide what coverage they want to offer in a marketplace," he said. "Health insurance is regulated at a state level. States' rules determine what health insurance companies can offer."

    Upon hearing the news that conservatives have for years had a government official deciding what their insurance plans must have, tea party members plan to secede from their particular states. They want no part of the socialism that they have been a part of for decades.

    November 13, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg

    Well,
    It seems the democrats are finally realizing the folly of Obama Care. ... ... The unemployment is still too high and as long as Obama Care is staring the country in the face it will remain high.
    -------------------
    Nahp. That's not what most Democrats think about Obamacare. I recognize that old right wing, messaging trick. Tell people what to think often enough and long enough, and eventually they'll come to believe the words as fact. BTW, most economists believe that the ACA will create a surge in the health industry, which would create jobs that cannot be exported.

    November 13, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. And the beat goes on...

    unlike many repubs who fall in lock step with whatever their party bosses tell them...good for those who are speaking out because you have legitimate concerns and critiques..

    November 13, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    Lets face it folks.. if the GOP didn't have ACA to get the rabble fired up, they'd be a real empty shell. As a right-leaning independent, what the Republican Party has become over the last 15 yrs is not a pretty sight. No policies, no ideas, just folks trying to out-conservative each other to pander to the under-educated rabble.

    November 13, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |