Marc Thiessen points out that seven states with vulnerable Democratic-held Senate seats also have Republican governors. The states are Alaska, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico and South Dakota.
Why is this problematic for the Democrats? Thiessen explains:
Obamacare premiums are set to skyrocket next year (because the exchanges are signing up many older, sicker people and not enough of the young, healthy people needed to subsidize the others). No wonder the president moved next year’s Obamacare sign-up date to 11 days after Election Day.
The flaw in his plan is that the nation’s governors will know the new rates before Election Day. In blue states, Democratic governors may keep the secret, but in red states, such as Alaska, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico and South Dakota, Republican governors won’t. So not only will millions of Americans get hit with cancellations next October, many also will learn that they cannot afford new coverage under Obamacare either — right before they go to the polls.
Some of the states Thiessen cites aren’t really “red,” but you get the idea.
States with Democratic governors won’t necessarily be paradise for Democratic congressional candidates either. Democratic governors have tended to opt out of the “fix” whereby Obama tried to make good (for one year) on his promise that if you like your health care plan you can keep it.
Many voters in these states won’t be amused that the Democrats (a) lied initially about one’s ability to keep one’s insurance plan under Obamacare and (b) failed to fix the problem even temporarily.