Democrats in the region are trying to salvage their party's image after taking a hit for the botched rollout of the health law.
First it was Healthcare.gov — the glitches have locked thousands, if not millions, of people out of health exchanges. Then cancelation letters started going out to millions of people. The president announced a one-year patch so people can keep their old insurance policies. Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says a part of the problem is that his party oversold the health law.
"Overconfident, and the rhetoric perhaps got a little hyperbolic in terms of how perfect this is," says Moran. "There's no question that some people are going to pay more than they were so that other people can afford to pay less."
On Friday, 39 Democrats broke ranks and voted for a Republican bill that would have undercut the health law by allowing everyone to buy insurance plans that don't meet minimum coverage standards set up on the Affordable Care Act.