Obamacare fades from GOP's 2014 campaign playbook
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Aug 19, 2014
With Obamacare causing uninsurance rates to plummet and delivering insurance to millions of newly insured Americans, this is no surprise:
Who could possibly have guessed that the reality of Obamacarespecifically, plummeting uninsurance rates and millions of newly insured Americanswould lead the GOP to back away from its anti-Obamacare campaign?
The numbers are clear:
In April, anti-Obamacare advertising dwarfed all other spots in North Carolina. It accounted for 3,061, or 54 percent, of the 5,704 top five issue ads in North Carolina, according to Kantar Medias Campaign Media Analysis Group. By July, the numbers had reversed, with anti-Obamacare ads accounting for 971, or 27 percent, of the top issue ads, and the budget, government spending, jobs and unemployment accounting for 2,608, or 72 percent, of such ads, CMAG data show.
According to Bloomberg, the same thing is happening in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and in other competitive races around the country. And, as you might recall, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was ahead of the curve in Kentucky when he actually tried to claim that repealing Obamacare nationwide wouldn't undo his home state's implementation of the law.
The fact that Republicans are starting to walk away from Obamacare-bashing now that it's becoming reality is exactly what everyone paying attention to this should have expected. And the fact that it's happening should encourage Democrats to go on the offense: Republicans might not be spending as much money to advertise their support for repeal, but they still support repeal. And supporting repeal means that they want to repeal insurance from millions of Americans. That's not a good position to have when you're asking people for their votes, but the only way they're going to pay price for it is if Democrats make them pay a price.
#2 Aug 20, 2014
#3 Aug 20, 2014
This is the first time I can remember where valid scandals and issues were constantly being pushed aside over and over again because they were being replaced with more progressive scandals - and the left thinks it is OK.
Since: Sep 11
#4 Aug 20, 2014
Heaven forbid the republicans should push to repeal a law that forces the uninsured to buy insurance whether they want or need it or not. Thereby eliminating the inflated numbers about how many fewer uninsured there are now. If anything, the republicans should be pushing that message to their constituency. That Obamacare forced millions to purchase a product they did not need or want. Hence the largest tax increase in history.
But most of them are too chicken shiat to do so.
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