0. The number of defections in the Senate among Democrats. Every single Democrat senator, from self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders (VT) to vulnerable red-staters like Mark Begich (AK), Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA) and Mark Pryor (AR), are voting in lock-step with the demands of President Obama. That unity stands in stark contrast to the House, where 57 Democrats broke ranks Pelosi last week.
Harry Reid’s Senate has certainly taken the “do-nothing” label to a new level. But in many ways, you cannot blame him. The marching orders come straight from President Obama, who cares only about protecting a failed law that is hurting the country, not about protecting Americans.
Over the weekend, a San Jose Mercury News article put it all into perspective:
“‘I was laughing at Boehner -- until the mail came today,’ [Obama supported Tom] Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.
“‘I really don't like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family's pocket each year, that's otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.’”
"Welcome to the club," said a prominent health care consultant. For Washura, and many more like him, Obamacare means skyrocketing premiums. For others, it’ll mean fewer hours at work (we’re looking at you, Harry Reid). And for some, it’ll mean losing a job or a doctor.
Defending Obamacare isn’t easy, which may be why the Senate did so little last week.