November 16, 2013

US President Barack Obama is facing defections from within his Democratic Party because of his “very unpopular” healthcare law known as Obamacare, a political and economic analyst tells Press TV.

“Obama is trying to hold onto the already 39 defecting Democrats who are hanging on for dear life on this Obamacare,” Michael Burns said on Saturday. “It’s a very unpopular initiative.”

In the most significant legislative rebuke to President Obama’s healthcare program, 39 Democrats voted in favor of a Republican bill in the House of Representatives on Friday aimed at undermining the Affordable Care Act.

The measure would allow insurance companies to renew and sell for another year health policies that do not meet the requirements of Obama’s healthcare law.

The “defections” reflected the fear within the Democratic Party over the political damage from the botched rollout of Obamacare.

This “combined with various other snares that Obama has tripped over” recently has presented serious challenges to the Obama presidency, Burns said. “Right now he is losing the confidence of the American people.”

“It’s much more serious and significant than simply just a little tweak of his ‘Obamacare’” he noted.

President Obama’s approval ratings have plummeted during the past six weeks, as the rollout of his signature healthcare program has been plagued by technical glitches with the federal online website designed to allow consumers to shop for insurance policies.

The president has had to apologize to people who lost their healthcare plans because of his healthcare law.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said last week.

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