Begich and Other Red State Senate Democrats In ObamaCare Damage Control Mode

Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThree of the most vulnerable red-state Democrats are scrambling to neutralize the growing political threat that President Obama’s health care law is posing to their reelection campaigns.

This week, Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas have undertaken a series of unusually aggressive maneuvers designed to distance themselves from the health care law, whose botched rollout has raised concerns it will become a major liability for the 2014 midterm elections. The defensive steps are a smart political play from lawmakers already preparing in earnest for their reelection campaigns, but also amount to a tacit admission that Obamacare has already become a major headache.

Hagan is preparing to ask the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department and the General Accounting Office for a full investigation into the health care law’s rollout, Politico first reported Monday. Begich, meanwhile, announced he personally enrolled in Alaska’s health care exchange the same morning, declining to take the federal government’s contribution to his plan. In a statement, he also called for a “full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it successfully,”

Pryor, considered the most vulnerable Senate Democrat next year, took the most aggressive action of the three. His campaign criticized a senior adviser working for Republican Rep. Tom Cotton for supporting a deal to implement Obamacare in Arkansas, according to The Hill. John Burris, who is a state lawmaker, voted earlier this year to effectively expand Medicaid in the state by helping poor citizens buy private insurance.

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  • ijohnc1

    Wait! Wait! how can it be Senator Begich (Baggage) only weeks ago firmly stated at a town hall meeting “Obama care is here to stay live with it”, that was then, NOW that over five thousand in our state and the number is rising, people have lost their coverage, seen an increase in cost or less coverage, loss of ones choice of doctor, keeping ones own policy, he is now doing the political shuffle to weasel out of it.
    Throw this guy under the bus, like he did us when he voted for it.
    “The truth isn’t anything, it just is”…Old Danish saying.

    • Amy Walker

      Let’s dump the unwanted Baggage and support and vote for Joe Miller US Senate 2014! Joe is a proven Patriot and Desert Storm Veteran, Champion of American Freedom, Restoring Liberty to our state and nation!

  • Monte R Stamper

    WATCH THE DEMONCRATS RUN FOR COVER NOW THAT ELECTION TIME IS UPON THEM. THEY HAVE LOST WHATEVER IT WAS THEY HAD AS THEY ARE FACED WITH HAVING TO FACE THE VOTERS.

  • ChillyinAlaska

    Begich must be replaced, he has repeatedly put the democrat party and their political objectives ahead of the citizens of this country, the constitution, and doing what is RIGHT.

  • Kent2012

    turncoats….