Weekly Standard: Are there any parts of Obamacare the president can't unilaterally suspend? Dem senators can't/won't say.

These are simple questions, but leading Democrats don't have any answers.

"I've seen the administration's argument as to why they have the authority to make those changes, and I don't challenge that," Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD on Tuesday in the Capitol building. But the senator pleaded ignorance when asked if the president could suspend the rest of the law:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD: How do you determine if the president couldn't do something--that it does exceed his authority? Are there any parts of the law that the president doesn't have the authority to delay or suspend? 

KAINE: I don't know. I'm not the scholar on that. 

Scholarly expertise was of no help to Democratic senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a former state attorney general, who was similarly unable to answer the question:  

TWS: Are there any delays the president wouldn't have the authority to make? I mean, could the president potentially suspend the entire law if he wanted to? 

BLUMENTHAL: I can't answer a hypothetical. 

TWS: So you can't say if there are any parts of the law he couldn't delay? 

BLUMENTHAL: I can't answer a hypothetical about any--

The Connecticut senator's voice trailed off as the doors closed on the senators-only elevator....

If a Republican wins the presidency in 2016, Democrats won't need to waste much time speculating about what he will try to do to Obamacare. But they will need to come up with some arguments about why it's illegal.
Democrats had hoped to turn North Carolina into a frontline political battleground in 2014 and to capitalize on national liberal outrage at a Republican-led state government that has enacted one of the most sweeping conservative reform agendas in the country. But those efforts have been stymied by the disastrous effects of one of the most sweeping liberal reforms in recent memory: Obamacare.

North Carolina’s conservative successes in 2013 — on issues such as taxes and regulatory, education, and election reform — elicited howls of outrage on the left, even prompting an editorial from the New York Times lamenting the state’s "decline" and accusing the Republican legislature of "tearing down years of progress" achieved under Democratic control. ..

Incumbent Democratic U.S. senator Kay Hagan would like nothing more than to make her 2014 reelection bid all about the "extremist" GOP lawmakers running the Tar Heel State, especially given that Thom Tillis, the Republican considered most likely to be her opponent, is speaker of North Carolina’s House of Representatives and one of the architects of that conservative reform agenda...

A more likely scenario for Hagan is that public dissatisfaction with Obamacare, a law she supported and continues to back, however hesitantly, will be the overriding issue in November, and if that’s the case, Democrats should be worried.

It may be the law, but it deserves no respect.

To fans and defenders of the Affordable Care Act, the bill is your normal, run-of-the-mill but wholly fantastic and wonderful game-changing measure, up there with Social Security, Medicare and the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts as national milestones -- bills that were launched amid opposition and discord, but in time were accepted and loved.

But from the beginning, this has been different in three signal ways that have been self-destructive, the last of which may be the worst....

USA Today: Obamacare decisions roil states.

On Jan. 1, when millions of Americans obtained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, states were supposed to be free to focus on getting them care. Instead, state officials are grappling with the ACA's troubled insurance exchanges and the unexpected cancellation of many people's policies.

In addition, elected officials in half of the states are still trying to decide whether to accept the federal government's time-limited offer to cover their poorest residents, or to decline Medicaid expansion because they are philosophically opposed to "Obamacare."

FUBAR UPDATE: Maryland Democrats (!) weight bailing on Obamacare site.

Top Maryland Democrats are considering drastic measures to address ongoing problems with their state-run ObamaCare website, including sending people directly to the already-strained federal exchange. 

Gov. Martin O'Malley, an ardent champion of ObamaCare, initially batted down the idea of sending Marylanders to the federal HealthCare.gov site when it was first proposed last month. But he's shifted his tone in recent days, and now appears open to such a solution, at least until the state website improves. 

"Whatever works best to serve the greatest numbers of people most quickly is what we will do," O'Malley said last week. 

Should Maryland take that step, it raises the possibility that other states struggling with the insurance exchanges could follow. Oregon, for instance, experienced such severe problems with its website that officials told residents to use paper applications. 

Any move by the states to direct more people onto HealthCare.gov would inevitably put more strain on the troubled federal site. 

"The Maryland site is a disaster, and the federal site is a semi-disaster," David Craig, a Republican candidate for governor, told FoxNews.com on Tuesday.