Bera is a doctor. In a statement, the freshman vowed to "keep working to fix parts of the Affordable Care Act that aren't working." Three Republicans are vying in the Seventh District primary. GOP guru Rob Stutzman sees Bera as highly vulnerable.
McNerney has the least to fear next year. National Republican Congressional Committee press secretary Alleigh Marre tells me the NRCC is "still recruiting" a challenger. Yet McNerney seems the most miffed of the Delta Three.
In his statement, McNerney chided Obama for not keeping his pledge that if Americans liked their plans, they could keep them. Rather than trashing the old plans a la Pelosi, the former engineer sided with constituents who face premiums "as much as four times" their current charge for comparable coverage.
"It's more or less an admission of fear and vulnerability," said Stutzman, "that they have to buck Pelosi that strongly and rebuke the very law that they've enthusiastically supported." You might say they were for it before they were against it.
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