Rangel On Obama: An Apology Isn’t ‘Worth A Damn At The Polls’


Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said Thursday it will take more than mea culpas to undo the political damage inflicted on some Democrats by the troubled Obamacare rollout.

“If I had the problem, saying you’re sorry doesn’t help me worth a damn at the polls, unless I can staple your remarks to the ballot,” Rangel said, as quoted by the New York Daily News.

In announcing an administrative fix for individals who have seen their plans canceled under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama acknowledged Thursday that his administration “fumbled” the law’s rollout. 

Two polls this week showed that the problematic Obamacare launch has taken a significant toll on the law’s popularity. 


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