Out of Touch Democrats Tout ObamaCare’s Second Birthday, Vow to Campaign on the Deeply Unpopular Law
Today marks the second anniversary of ObamaCare and House Democrats are apparently celebrating it by preparing to campaign on the law – which is raising costs and making it harder to hire new workers – this fall. The Washington Post reports on a conference call held earlier this week:
“(Democratic Caucus Vice-Chairman Xavier) Becerra said Democratic candidates shouldn’t shy away from supporting the law… ‘Anyone who believes that the Affordable Care Act is good has a good chance of being elected to office and should stand by that.’”
House Democrats deserve credit for publicly backing ObamaCare’s tax hikes, Medicare cuts and its dangerous health care rationing board – the White House has no plans to observe ObamaCare’s anniversary – but not even Democratic insiders see ObamaCare as a winning campaign issue:
"A top Democrat acknowledged Thursday that President Obama's health care bill hurt his party in 2010. And a new study suggests it cost the Democrats something pretty specific: their House majority…The study, by five professors from institutions across the country, looks at the health care bill alongside other contentious votes in the 111th Congress and determines that, more so than the stimulus or the cap-and-trade energy bill, it cost Democrats seats. In fact, they lost almost exactly the number of seats that decided the majority." (Aaron Blake, "Study Shows Health Care Bill May Have Cost Democrats the House," The Washington Post, 3/9/2012)
Despite two years of Democratic spin, Americans still want nothing to do with ObamaCare– or the individual mandate at its heart. A recent ABC News survey found that 55 percent of Americans favor full repeal – while only 37 percent oppose repeal. That same survey found that “Two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. Supreme Court should throw out either the individual mandate in the federal health care law or the law in its entirety, signaling the depth of public disagreement with that element of the Affordable Care Act.”
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