CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Right, and people are beginning to feel the effect on them. This isn't a normal issue where you approve or disapprove and thus you might support the party on your side of the issue. This is something that hits everybody right where they live.
Health care, unlike any other issue, is one that is a very intimate subject in your life and one that affects everyone equally. It's not like issues which affect a region, affect a class, affect some ethnicity.This is everybody, and if you get 25% of the population saying they are worse off, what you're doing is you're throwing a dart at a map of the United States and everywhere you get a quarter of the population who have been personally hurt.
When you're personally hurt, it affects your vote a lot more than that you have a disagreement over policy with a party or two. And that, I think, is why the Democrats are so scared. This is no abstract issue anymore. People are losing their insurance. They are losing their doctors. They are losing their hospitals. Some of them are losing jobs or losing hours as a result over the law, and it isn't as if people are waiting for another disaster on the website.
This is as it progresses more and more people are going to be affected, particularly as the mandate, employer mandate kicks in over time and people lose jobs and lose hours and lose their coverage, and that's where the Democrats are going to get hurt irreparably.
MARA LIASSON: You know just one other point. Those things are happening, not all of them are because of Obamacare, but right now Obamacare owns the entire United States health system, and there are a lot of changes going on in it and some are negative, and that's what the president and his party can't do anything about. Anything that goes wrong in health care is going to be blamed on Obamacare.
KRAUTHAMMER: When you decide to revolutionize a sixth of the U.S. economy and to issue tens of thousands of regulations on a delicate an ecosystem as American medicine you deserve the blame for everything that goes wrong.