Democrats 'Stand Tall' on ObamaCare ...
But maybe Obama 'should have just been more specific'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2013 1:26 PM CST
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Top Democrats circled the wagons today around the Affordable Care Act, with Kirsten Gillibrand offering what Politico calls "a stirring defense of the law." "The point is, if you are being offered a terrible health care plan that the minute you get sick you have to go into bankruptcy, those plans should never be offered," she said. President Obama "should have just been specific," when he said Americans could keep their plans. She dismissed 39 Democrats who voted with the GOP on a fix as "just responding to the worries of their constituents." (James Clyburn said they were "insulating themselves against soundbytes.") Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, said "Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act. This is an issue that has to be dealt with, but it doesn’t mean, 'Oh, it’s a political issue so we're going to run away from it.’ It’s too valuable for the American people." Of the president's comments Thursday, she said, "He is gracious and he is taking responsibility." Elsewhere, on your Sunday dial:

  • Bob Woodward on the fumbled ObamaCare rollout: "What this is, it’s a mess, clearly, but what it isn’t, and I think you have to look at the question of motive. And the president’s motive here, even though there were deep problems with the implementation, he wants to do something good for 30 million people and get them health insurance. So this isn’t Watergate, this isn’t [Bill] Clinton and Monica Lewinsky."
  • LBJ daughter Luci Baines Johnson on moving into the White House: "One night I heard my mother and father actually have raised voices. That was just not in their temperament. My mother was saying, 'No, Lyndon, we can’t. We just can’t.' And my father was saying ... firmly, 'Bird, we have to… We have to move on Dec. 7 because that’s the date that’s convenient to Mrs. Kennedy and to the Secret Service.' I didn’t understand that Dec. 7 was a date that would live in infamy for their generation. Nov. 22 had become that day for me."
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone: "I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m not going to solve that problem and what I’m going to do is focus on things to make a difference. That was a really terrible time in our country’s legacy."
  • Liz Cheney on gay marriage: "I love (openly gay sister) Mary very much, I love her family very much. This is just an issue on which we disagree. I believe in the traditional definition of marriage." The New York Times notes that Mary Cheney's wife has responded, calling Liz Cheney's comments "offensive to say the least," and warning that she's "on the wrong side of history."
  • Scott Walker has seen the GOP's 2016 nominee, and ... "I think it's got to be an outsider, I think both the presidential and vice presidential nomination needs to be a former or current governor, people who have done successful things in their states, taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward." As for Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio, "All good guys, but it’s got be somebody who is viewed as being exceptionally removed from Washington."