Democrats are beginning to feel the pressure of our efforts to defund Obamacare. Today, Senator Joe Manchin (D., WV.,) admitted that he would support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate, lending his ear to the growing chorus of Americans demanding the dismantling of the Obama administration’s flagship healthcare overhaul.
“Don’t put the mandate on the American public right now,” Manchin said. “Give them at least a year. If you know you couldn’t bring the corporate sector, you gave them a year, don’t you think it’d be fair?”
This move by Manchin will increase the pressure on his Democrat colleagues who are currently up for reelection in red states, including Senators Kay Hagan (D., N.C.), Mary Landrieu (D., La.), Mark Pryor (D., Ark.), and Mark Begich (D., Alaska).
It’s time to turn up the heat under these vulnerable democrats. If we block a vote on the bill to defund, it’s impossible to take advantage of their weakened position. The only way to kill Obamacare is to convince these Democrats to stand alongside Senate Republicans and actually vote on the bill to defund.