Skip to comments.Juan Williams: GOP will rue O-Care focus
Posted on 01/20/2014 6:12:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee, is sure he has the best political strategy for winning the six seats the GOP needs to capture control of the Senate in November attack Democrats for the Affordable Care Act.
The Republican National Committees first major advertising buy of this midterm election season will come in the shape of attack ads in 12 states against incumbent Democrats who voted for ObamaCare. Conservative activists are following the same strategy. The New York Times reported last week that the billionaire Koch brothers have already helped to air $20 million in advertising against Democrats who supported healthcare reform.
Oh, what a waste of money.
As President Obama joked about casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who spent millions trying to defeat him in the 2012 election: You could have bought an island and named it Nobama for that kind of money.
Instead, the GOP is labeling itself The Party of No.
The Republican Party makes a huge mistake by defining itself by what its against and not what its for, David Axelrod, President Obamas former top political advisor, told me. If they go into the midterms counting on opposition to ObamaCare as their reason for being they will only exacerbate the image that has driven their numbers down.
But Ed Rogers, the longtime Republican fundraiser and strategist, wrote in The Washington Post last week that Democrats are trying to fake out the GOP by urging them to stop talking about problems with Obamacare.
Republicans need to stick to the script, Rogers wrote, and much of that script centers on Obama, ObamaCare and the Obama economy. Period.
But note that Rogers is careful to add a focus on the economy to his prescription for a winning GOP strategy for the midterms elections.
So far, however, the money and the messages from Republicans are all focused on ObamaCare. The GOP attack advertisements remind voters that ObamaCare led the President to utter 2013s lie of the year, as determined by PolitiFact that Americans could keep their existing healthcare plan under Obamacare. The scripts also frequently mention cancelled plans, higher premiums, and people losing their favorite doctors.
Republicans in Congress are locked on the same political message.
One of their first votes of 2014 was another effort to discredit the healthcare plan this time by insisting on the government informing the public if any computer hackers breach the HealthCare.gov website.
The GOP has also voted to require the administration to submit weekly reports on the number of people visiting the website and the number of people who apply for the healthcare system.
Those votes come on top of the more than 45 votes by the House GOP last year to defund, delay or destroy ObamaCare with a repeal.
A hardball political analysis suggests the GOP is lost in the weeds.
A January Quinnipiac poll found 39 percent of voters think the most important priority for the 2014 is the economy. The second biggest concern, at 23 percent, is the federal budget deficit. And in third place, at 16 percent, is health care.
What about all the talk about Americans who view ObamaCare negatively? After all, 55 percent disapprove while 40 percent approve, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.
It is important to factor into that polling such as a CNN/ORC poll in December, which found 15 percent of Americans who tell pollsters their perceptions of ObamaCare are negative because it is not liberal enough.
According to the Census, nearly 48 million Americans had no health insurance in 2012. Another 40 million are estimated to have inadequate health insurance that left them without coverage at some time during the year or had costs so high as to threaten their finances. People want solutions.
Meanwhile the non-stop attacks, absent any better plan make that any realistic plan at all from Republicans for how to fix the nations costly healthcare system is steadily becoming political wallpaper.
By November, the odds are it will be merely white noise to independent and Democratic-leaning voters. The website will be working and Americans will have become accustomed to the idea of a government safety net for people in need of healthcare.
Despite all the current negativity around ObamaCare, the real news is that more than 2 million have now signed up for the state and federal exchanges. Another 4 million have benefited from Medicare expansion.
Millions more have gained improved policies that cover preventative care, pre-existing medical conditions, eliminate caps on insurance spending and allow young people to stay on their parents insurance plan until they are 26.
And for all the hype about cancelled health insurance plans, Census reported last year that 68 percent of working age Americans, 18-64, get their healthcare through an employer-provided plan. Those plans have not changed or been cancelled because of Obamacare.
Last week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he expects Republicans to come up with a healthcare plan later this year to replace Obamacare.
My advice: Check with Mitt Romney.
“68 percent of working age Americans, 18-64, get their healthcare through an employer-provided plan. Those plans have not changed or been cancelled because of Obamacare”
And many will be losing that just a few weeks before election day. You’re toast Juan, you and all the libtards. 2014 is going to be a 2010 repeat except this time, say goodbye to the senate.
Right! I love when socialist liberals offer conservatives free advice on how to win elections.... Such caring critters!
Has Juan Williams ever been right about anything? Not that I can remember.
The cost of my employer provided health plan went up 30% ($1,800) per year due to Obamacare. That seems like a change to me. FUBO!
My advice; Check with the IRS...
Check the voter rolls.
Check the I.D.'s of all voters.
“Oh, Please don’t throw me in that briar patch, Brer Republican!”
The Seahawks should get their game planning advice from the Broncos.
Juan is an embarrassment to himself!
Some years ago he woke up with a blinding hangover and said to himself.."I did what? I gave that idiot Williams a 5 year multi-million $ deal just because those clowns at NPR canned him."
Ailes has not had a drink since that date.
Juan can afford a clue but he steadfastly refuses to buy one.
Gosh ... I’ll break down and cry (for juan). Gosh do I have to attached that /s?
There is an element of truth in this lie, as with all great socialist lies. We have to link the ObamaCare disaster to the economy, not just complain that this terrible law is bad for everyone without insider connections or waivers.
“Repeal ObamaCare so that employers can hire without the excess cost of mandated coverage that the unemployed don’t even want.”
“Repeal ObamaCare to boost the medical research and innovation that save lives and generate good jobs.”
There must be fifty ways to leave ObamaCare; you could write a song about it.
“Oh, Lawd! Don’t throw me in that briar patch!”
Williams is even more liberal on Fox than he was on PBS. But, of course, that’s why Fox hired him.
My employer, a smallish business, dropped its group health plan for 2014, but continued a subsidy for some limited choices of new plans. Now we each have individual policies. My cost went up 45%, and I am sure the deductibles and co-pays also increased.
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. Partisan Media Shill ping.
Juan Williams is nothing more than FNC's token liberal. He's somebody for Britt Hume and Charles Krauthammer to beat up on.
If you wanted to cast a stupid liberal, how could you do better than Juan-do?
Guess I should have read all the posts before I posted.
” - - - Last week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he expects Republicans to come up with a healthcare plan later this year to replace Obamacare. - - - “
Boehner is the key to the 2014 Impeachment of B. Hussein Obama.
As long as Obama can keep Boehner on as Speaker of the House, Obamas job is in safe and loyal hands.
The cowardly House RINOs fear Boehner, and thus keep Boehner on as Speaker.
Thus, the basic problem of stopping Boehner from running with Devil Obama lies squarely with the cowardly House RINOs.
The GOP Cave In on the amnesty for illegal alien invaders from Mexico bill to Devil Obama avoids having to enforce existing Federal Border Laws, a consistent goal of the Democrat Party from 1986 onward.
The GOP Establishment will always avoid any conflict with their betters, - - - the Democrat Politicians.
Boehner is dedicated to giving aid and comfort to the illegal alien invaders from Mexico, and America is the worse for it.
If politicians stand for nothing then they will fall for anything.
To make a difference, you have to have a difference.
Is Boehner resisting or running with the Devil Obama?