Senator Joe Donnelly has been tiptoeing cautiously around ObamaCare, despite voting for it while in the House. He knew it was unpopular and didn’t exactly try running on it, but offered various proposals to modify it and redirected most other questions about it to job creation.
But now ObamaCare just got personal for the Indiana Democrat.
Democratic officials said top administration aides got a close-up view of the cancellation controversy last week, when Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said at a closed-door meeting of the party’s rank and file that his son had received notice his coverage was being terminated.
In response, these officials said White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough referred to a speech Obama had made earlier in the week saying some of those losing coverage would qualify under Medicaid, some would receive federal subsidies for individual coverage, and others would have options in the so-called exchanges the law set up to allow individuals to shop for insurance. Donnelly’s office declined several requests for comment. The officials who described the incident did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss a private meeting.
Subsidies for a senator’s son? Really? Meanwhile Donnelly’s Facebook page has been overflowing with Schadenfreude from angry constituents.