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Dem Strategy: Lie About O-Care (AP: Sure Thing!)

First, the Politico gives us the news media’s latest marching orders:

Dems’ new 2014 plan: Neutralize Obamacare

By JAMES HOHMANN | February 17, 2014

Democrats know their biggest problem in this year’s midterm election is Obamacare. So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP’s advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse — raising prescription drug prices, empowering insurance companies and even endangering domestic violence victims.

That is, as usual, the Democrats plan to lie their heads off about the Republicans.

The battle plan, details of which were in a memo obtained by POLITICO, recognizes the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act. But it also banks on voter fatigue with the GOP’s relentless demands for repeal and counts on poll-backed data that show many Americans would rather fix Obamacare’s problems than scrap it altogether…

Isn’t it funny how the American public never tires of any Democrat effort. Such as legalizing same sex marriage, or pushing for a Carbon Tax? But they always get very quickly tired about anything the Republicans want to do. Despite the polls to the contrary.

[A]s conservative groups pump tens of millions of dollars into anti-Obamacare ads, Democrats are reacting in their own ads and on the stump with the same talking points: that the GOP has wasted too much time on repeal votes, that it’s time to move on to solving the law’s problems, and that Republicans want to return to the days where insurance companies took advantage of customers…

With all those horrible substandard plans that everyone now wants back.

The five-page document, dated Jan. 30, was sent to House candidates and included 17 poll-tested lines of attack against Republicans who have voted to repeal the law, complete with research citations.

"Poll-tested lines of attack." The Democrats are always so concerned with principle.

The messages not only warn that the GOP would undo some popular aspects of the law — such as preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions — but some also target demographics such as women and the elderly who are considered extra-sensitive to the law’s effects.

Thus the claims that GOP candidates would let insurance companies deny coverage to female victims of domestic violence, allow the costs of prescription drugs to rise for seniors or deny coverage for contraception…

In other words, the Democrats are going to claim that the Republicans are not only waging a ‘War On Women,’ but on old as well.

And, like night follows the day, the  Associated Press is only to happy to follows the marching order of their Democrat Party masters with this 1,097 word love note to Obama-Care:

Older Americans are early winners under health law

By CARLA K. JOHNSON | February 17, 2014 

CHICAGO (AP) — For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.

These luckless people, most in their 50s and 60s, have emerged this month as early winners under the nation’s new health insurance system. Along with their peers who are self-employed or whose jobs do not offer insurance, they have been signing up for coverage in large numbers, submitting new-patient forms at doctor’s offices and filling prescriptions at pharmacies.

"I just cried I was so relieved," said Maureen Grey, a 58-year-old Chicagoan who finally saw a doctor this month after a fall in September left her in constant pain. Laid off twice from full-time jobs in the past five years, she saw her income drop from $60,000 to $17,800 a year. Now doing temp work, she was uninsured for 18 months before she chose a marketplace plan for $68 a month.

Americans ages 55 to 64 make up 31 percent of new enrollees in the new health insurance marketplaces, the largest segment by age group, according to the federal government’s latest figures. They represent a glimmer of success for President Barack Obama’s beleaguered law…

Actually, the fact that the old are the such a large percentage of those signing up for Obama-Care is its single biggest problem. But the AP will find a way to make lemonade out of that bad news some how. After all, the Democrats say ‘jump,’ and the AP says ‘how high?’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Dem Strategy: Lie About O-Care (AP: Sure Thing!)”

  1. Right of the People

    >>> The messages not only warn that the GOP would undo some popular aspects of the law — such as preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions — <<<

    Tell that to the people in Louisiana infected with AIDS.

  2. captstubby

    The Democratic Message on Obamacare Comes Down to ‘Republicans Would Do Worse’
    By Arit John | The Atlantic Wire

    2014 will see the first midterm elections after Obamacare’s major components have gone into effect, meaning it’s likely to be a big issue — and a negative one. Democrats’ damage control strategy will likely come down to: “The Republicans would do worse.”
    Politico got access to a Democratic party memo outlining how the party plans to argue that the GOP would raise drug prices, empower insurance companies, and deny coverage to female victims of domestic violence. That last part is a reach — Republican plans would allow pre-existing conditions to factor back into insurance, and at times some states have treated domestic violence as a “condition”. Overall, the memo calls for a major shift in the way Democrats deal with Obamacare on the campaign trail: Acknowledge that the law has problems, but offer solutions.
    Democrats facing close (and or doomed) re-election campaigns are already putting the memo’s plan of action to work, trying to distance themselves from the law’s unpopular aspects while also painting themselves as fixers.


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