Obamacare is President Barack Obama’s Frankenstein monster.
The president and his congressional allies assembled the Affordable Care Act in a frenzied high-voltage rush in 2010, but since then, Obamacare has killed his Democratic House majority, and it is now choking the top priority for his second-term — a bill that would triple the inflow of Democratic-leaning immigrants.
“It would be nice if we could get something done this year… but I think all the fuss about Obamacare, all the problems that have occurred, have made it less likely to do something now,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the chief author of the Senate’s immigration-boosting “Gang of Eight” bill.
GOP leaders “may not want to go off that message,” he said an Nov 14 D.C. event organized by The Atlantic Magazine.
“I mean, right now everybody is properly focused on us not doing a good job on the [Obamacare] rollout, and that’s legitimate and I get it,” Obama said in his Nov. 14 press conference.
“This whole fight we had in the … past few weeks over Obamacare and the government shutdown and everything really affected relationships with members and the White House,” Republican Rep. David Valadao told Politico for a Nov. 10 article.
“That, I think, had a huge impact on members who were on the fence on immigration,” said Valadao, who is one of just three Republicans who has backed a Democratic-draft version of the Senate’s immigration-boosting bill.
Valadao’s press aide did not respond to emails from The Daily Caller.
The Obamacare collapse has put Obama on the defensive, and forced him to spend his precious time touting his sinking program, downplaying millions of cancelled insurance policies, and finally learning about the health-sector and software-development programs.
The crisis means that he and the established media can’t focus on pushing the immigration bill during the few week before Christmas and the scheduled arrival of the next budget crisis in mid-January.
That’s a critical loss for the tight alliance of progressives and major business groups who have spent more than $1.5 billion since 2007 trying to get a bill past the voters.
The Senate immigration bill would triple current immigration rates of 1 million per year, and provide green-cards to roughly 30 million people over the next 10 years. The bill would also roughly double the resident-population of university-trained guest-workers. That enormous influx would add one extra immigrant or guest-worker for every American who turns 18 during the next 10 years.