Health reform implementation

Menendez: ObamaCare will help Dems in 2014

ObamaCare will help, not hurt, Democratic senators in the 2014 elections, despite the website’s troubled rollout, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said during Sunday’s episode of “Face the Nation” on CBS.

{mosads}“I think that senators are going to be in a great position” to highlight the benefits of ObamaCare, he said.

Senators running for reelection can point to the fact that President Obama’s healthcare plan helps to “eliminate some of the greatest evils” of the country’s previous healthcare system, he said.

The fact that so many people are trying to access the healthcare shopping website shows that the “underlying product … is critically important,” Menendez added.

Menendez compared the ObamaCare website problems to a surge of shoppers, eager to purchase a product, struggling to all fit in a store’s front door.

After recent improvements, it “sounds like the front door has been opened successfully,” he said.

Sen. Bob Corker, also a guest on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” was critical of the president’s healthcare plan, calling it “just an amalgamation of legislation.”

The overall system, like the website’s rollout, is “chaotic,” he said.

“I don’t know how you fix a program that was put together this way.”

Corker said he has been receiving calls from concerned constituents worried about losing their health insurance without having access to new plans.

“As people enroll, I think there’s going to be a lot of negative surprises,” he said, including about the availability of healthcare plans.

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