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Health Law Complicates Democratic Senators’ Reelection Efforts In The South

The Wall Street Journal reports that three of the four most vulnerable Senate Democrats are from southern states. The paper also looks at how members of Congress will fare on the new online insurance marketplace.

The Wall Street Journal: Democrats Face Battles In South To Hold The Senate
[Sen. Mark] Pryor and Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana—as well as Democratic candidates in Kentucky and Georgia—must contend with the dismal approval ratings of President Barack Obama in their home states. They face increased political pressure from the problem-ridden rollout of the health-care law (Hook, 12/2).

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: What Obamacare Coverage Costs Congressmen
Some members of Congress are about to get their own kind of sticker shock when they head to the new insurance exchanges. A few will get a price cut.  As the Journal has reported, a provision in the health law requires lawmakers to get their benefits alongside small-business employees for the first time, and that means lawmakers' premiums will suddenly be tied to their age. ... Here’s what’s happening to a selection of senators and representatives, with a look at the plans available to them (Ballhaus and Radnofsky, 12/2).

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