Dems, Obama, head into 2014 distant, determined
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013, file photo, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., right, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for the 113th Congress in Washington. Cloistered in a tense, private Capitol Hill meeting for House Democrats this month, Eshoo had some advice for the aides to President Barack Obama who were trying, with questionable success, to assure the unhappy caucus present that the woeful web site for the president's signature health care law would soon be working. In fact, they pledged, by Nov. 30, the "vast majority" of Americans who try to buy policies on the "Obamacare" will succeed. Stop setting "red lines" that might be broken, Eshoo told the presidential aides, according to a person present who was not authorized to release the exchange. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 12:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) - A month after emerging from a government shutdown at the top of their game, many Democrats in Congress newly worried about the party's re-election prospects are for the first time distancing themselves from President Barack Obama after the disastrous rollout of his health care overhaul.
At issue, several Obama allies said, is a loss of trust in the president after only 106,000 people - instead of an anticipated half million - were able to buy insurance coverage the first month of the new "Obamacare" websites. In addition, some 4.2 million Americans received notices from insurers that policies Obama had promised they could keep were being canceled.
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