Democrats Start to Withdraw Support for President Obama's Healthcare Plan
Updated: Tuesday, November 26 2013, 12:05 AM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Right now the shaky roll out and low enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act are now causing some of President Obama's Democratic supporters to re-evaluate. Our National Correspondent Kristine Frazao has new evidence that shows the foundation is not as strong as it was. As the temperatures in Washington hover near freezing, it seems ties between the President and former allies are cooling as well, with 39 or 1/5 of them this month voting in favor of a Republican House Bill that could threaten the viability of the law. Among those Democrats, Oregon's Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR). Working together has been a rarity on Capitol Hill, but for Democrats facing tough re-election battles, they had no choice but to distance themselves from Obamacare.
Historian Allan Lichtman says it's still to early to determine the best strategy for those in tight races. Those approval ratings have been the lowest ever for President Obama including a new poll showing less than half of those surveyed believe he is honest and trustworthy. With lawmakers back in their Districts for the holiday, it's hard to say if the fractures within the Democratic Party will deepen or get repaired. Higher health care enrollment numbers and a better functioning website would certainly help, but in the world of campaigns, the art of association is often hard to escape.
Many Democrats will still try to make the case that you can make your own decisions in Washington. The White House confirms things are now moving along according to plans. It says the website will be available by the end of the month for most of the public.
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