“People are anxious,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said following a meeting involving Senate Democratic leaders and White House chief of staff Denis R. McDonough.
“I don’t think there’s confidence by anyone in the room,” admitted Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). “This is more a show-me moment. We were all confident that the system was going to be up and operating on Oct 1. And now we’re not confident until it’s real.”
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) was terse.
“It’s not working well,” he said.
And then there was Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who has backed the GOP's calls to delay Obamacare's individual mandate for a year. A Democrat who routinely undermines his party's legislative priorities, Manchin echoed what he told TPM on Thursday in expressing doubt that the law's problems can be resolved in a timely fashion.
“Everybody’s upset about the computer; you can’t get on,” Manchin said. “They’ll get through that. They better be worried about having a product at the end and being able to have adjustments to the product that really work.”