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Dems target vulnerable GOP lawmakers over health law repeal vote
The Hill ^ | 7/02/12 | Meghashyam Mali

Posted on 07/02/2012 4:39:51 PM PDT by Libloather

Dems target vulnerable GOP lawmakers over health law repeal vote
By Meghashyam Mali - 07/02/12 06:00 AM ET

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new campaign Monday targeting vulnerable GOP lawmakers on healthcare ahead of the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and congressional perks instead of protecting consumers," said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.), in a statement announcing the drive. "For 18 months, Republicans have been on defense for protecting millionaires over Medicare and now they're planning another vote to put insurance companies back in charge of our healthcare at the expense of middle-class families and consumers."

The DCCC will target Republicans in 10 districts with robocalls, charging those lawmakers with placing the interests of insurance companies above voters.

Among the targets is Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.).

“After taking more than $120,000 from insurance companies, Congressman Lungren wants to put insurance companies back in charge of our healthcare,” says the script of one recorded call.

“Congressman Lungren already voted for deep cuts to Medicare to fund more tax breaks for millionaires and corporations. He even voted to protect the government healthcare plan for members of Congress that is funded with your tax dollars. But now he could vote to let insurance corporations cut back your health benefits,” it continues.

Similar calls will be placed against Republican Reps. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Judy Biggert (Ill.), Bobby Schilling (Ill.), Roscoe Bartlett (Md.), Nan Hayworth (N.Y.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.) and Anne Marie Buerkle (N.Y.)

The DCCC will also launch calls against Rodney Davis, who is running to replace the retiring Rep. Timothy Johnson in Illinois.

The robocall campaign is part of the DCCC’s “Drive for 25,” its effort to capture 25 seats in November to recapture control of the House.

The campaign comes after the Supreme Court upheld much of President Obama’s healthcare reform law in a landmark 5-4 ruling last Thursday. Congressional Republicans and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, however, have vowed to continue efforts to undo the law.

The House is expected to vote on July 11 after returning from recess on repealing the law, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday he would also push for a repeal vote ahead of the election.

But Democrats believe that with many individual provisions of the healthcare law still popular with the public, Republican calls for a full repeal will backfire with voters.

On Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) acknowledged that there were some “good” parts of the bill, but said Republicans would address those with a “common sense, step-by-step approach” after a full repeal. “This has to be ripped out by its roots,” he said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted Republicans as the “mouthpiece” for the insurance industry on Sunday and said the chamber should focus its attention on the economy. But she said Democrats would benefit from the GOP effort to push repeal.

“They'll bring it up, and when they bring it up they will ask for repeal, repeal of all the things I said that help children, help young adults, help seniors, help men or women who may have prostate cancer, breast cancer, whatever it is, any precondition. And everybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access. So that's what they want to repeal; we're happy to have that debate," Pelosi said in an interview aired Sunday with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Past House repeal votes, though, have failed to garner support in the Democratic-led Senate.


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Isn't 'target' banned in this new era of civility?
1 posted on 07/02/2012 4:40:00 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Good. Smoke out the socialist hand-maidens right before an election! We’ll be better off without them.


2 posted on 07/02/2012 4:44:24 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Libloather

This campaign will probably work. It is Obamaland after all.


3 posted on 07/02/2012 4:44:40 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Libloather

“But Democrats believe that with many individual provisions of the healthcare law still popular with the public, Republican calls for a full repeal will backfire with voters. “

They also ‘believe’ in gay marriage, abortion, gun control and a bunch of other things. They ‘believe’ OWS’ was a good idea, St. Skittles is innocent and Bradley Manning is a political prisoner.

I believe they are in for one hell of a shock.


4 posted on 07/02/2012 4:46:34 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Libloather; randita; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; SunkenCiv; Justice Seeker; ..

Doesn’t sound too smart.

And RINO Bono-Mack is not in very much danger.


5 posted on 07/02/2012 4:47:12 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Libloather

Only if you are Sarah Palin. /sarc


6 posted on 07/02/2012 4:50:27 PM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: cotton1706

If they are from CA or IL they are Rino’s anyway......don’t matter whether Dem or Rep is elected.


7 posted on 07/02/2012 4:54:06 PM PDT by GrannyK
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To: Libloather

“Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and congressional perks instead of protecting consumers,”

That’s a barfer.

But wait...are the Dims now admitting they screwed the insurance companies?


8 posted on 07/02/2012 4:55:25 PM PDT by moovova
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To: GrannyK

Is Issa a RINO? He’s from CA.


9 posted on 07/02/2012 4:58:12 PM PDT by madison10 (Still trying to find that silver lining in that Death-of-the-U.S.A. tornado funnel...)
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To: Libloather

Pete Hoekstra ad “targeting” Debbie Spenditnow on her support of Obamatax.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=03THar5bUTA


10 posted on 07/02/2012 5:04:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Libloather

I guess you don’t have to be Jewish to be DCCC Chairperson, but it apparently helps.


11 posted on 07/02/2012 5:13:01 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: moovova
But wait...are the Dims now admitting they screwed the insurance companies?

Heh. You are correct!

I'm encouraged by this because the Dems realize what I've been saying: This is a killer issue down ticket. Cantor recognizes this too, which is why he's going to have a vote on repeal *before* the election. McConnell will also push for it, but is not likely to get a vote to put the Dems on record as supporting the largest tax hike in history.

12 posted on 07/02/2012 5:18:49 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Libloather

‘By Meghashyam Mali’

“THE HILL” used to clean up the DNC’s press releases before publishing them.


13 posted on 07/02/2012 5:22:50 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: All

If the republicans had once oz of brain matter they’d introduct legislation making congress be a part of obamacare. I doubt even Pelosi and Reid would vote for that. But it would flush the rats out.


14 posted on 07/02/2012 5:27:42 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: Impy; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

thanks Impy. Let them waste the money.

And don’t underestimate ‘em.

Remember in November.


15 posted on 07/02/2012 5:29:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: madison10

I should have just said IL since that is my state :) does me no good to vote for anything around this state!


16 posted on 07/02/2012 5:57:09 PM PDT by GrannyK
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To: GrannyK

Take heart, Michigan was like that five years ago. We are flip-flopping and Detoilet has less and less sway. Our governor is slightly RINO, but sure beats a Debbie Stabenow, the Socialist.


17 posted on 07/02/2012 6:04:23 PM PDT by madison10 (Still trying to find that silver lining in that Death-of-the-U.S.A. tornado funnel...)
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To: madison10

Our Governor was elected by 2 districts, Chicago & East St. Louis, the rest of the state went for the Republican which wasn’t enough to win. Now he is paying us all back by closing any facility downstate he wants just to get even & says it is to pay off the deficit. And it comes no way near to paying it off but ends up with many people with no job.


18 posted on 07/02/2012 6:11:29 PM PDT by GrannyK
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To: Libloather; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; Just A Nobody; fieldmarshaldj; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; ...
"Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and congressional perks instead of protecting consumers," said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.), in a statement announcing the drive.

Steve Israel ought to get a new name, BTW, because he is a J Streeter and J Street is a Soros-funded group which tries to undermine the security and existence of the nation of Israel at every turn. So let's not get deluded by his surname.

Talk about targeting, Steve Israel himself should be targeted for defeat in November for his pro-Islamist outlook and his embrace of Obamacare, among other leftist causes that he espouses.

19 posted on 07/02/2012 6:46:24 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Terry Mross
I guess you don’t have to be Jewish to be DCCC Chairperson, but it apparently helps.

In the case of Steve Israel, his name gives a very false impression of who he really is. Please see my post # 19.

20 posted on 07/02/2012 6:54:09 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Libloather
Allow me to quote John Lithgow as "John Worfin" in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension:

"Laugh while you can Monkey Boy."

I can see that I won't be able to talk civilly with Democrats about politics until after this November.

21 posted on 07/02/2012 6:56:35 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: Libloather
Allow me to quote John Lithgow as "John Worfin" in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension:

"Laugh while you can Monkey Boy."

I can see that I won't be able to talk civilly with Democrats about politics until after this November.

22 posted on 07/02/2012 7:00:27 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: Libloather; NoLibZone; sickoflibs; potlatch; PhilDragoo; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; theothercheek; ...
But Democrats believe that with many individual provisions of the healthcare law still popular with the public, Republican calls for a full repeal will backfire with voters.

I suppose the 'Rats have very short memories of the licking they took in 2010.

23 posted on 07/02/2012 7:16:19 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Libloather

Can someone please tell me if this is true. This is from Fact Check which I know is a shrill for the left. Will Congress and their staff have to get the same healthcare plan as the rest of us? I’ve been going back and forth with a flaming liberal friend of mine.

EC. 1312. CONSUMER CHOICE
(d)(3)
D) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE EXCHANGE-
(i) REQUIREMENT- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are—

(I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or

(II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act).

(ii) DEFINITIONS- In this section:

(I) MEMBER OF CONGRESS- The term ‘Member of Congress’ means any member of the House of Representatives or the Senate.

(II) CONGRESSIONAL STAFF- The term ‘congressional staff’ means all full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC.


24 posted on 07/02/2012 7:39:54 PM PDT by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: justiceseeker93; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks justiceseeker93.


25 posted on 07/02/2012 7:42:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: justiceseeker93

If you look into it, I believe you will find that Steve Cohen’s district is overwhelmingly black and poor, meaning, that, it will be very hard to replace him with a Republican. Let’s put it this way,... as bad as he is, at least he is, perhaps, just a smidgen better than, say, oh... Sheila Jackson Lee, though that is, I suppose, debatable...


26 posted on 07/02/2012 7:46:03 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: man_in_tx

Whoops, a reading-is-fundamental mistake: I somehow saw Steve Israel, but thought Steve Cohen. .... Still what I said about Cohen above is probably right on.


27 posted on 07/02/2012 7:48:05 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: Libloather; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Scum-sucking Democrats are targeting Roscoe Bartlett. I wish them luck, because they’re gonna need it. Bartlett’s not gonna fold like a cheap lawn chair for them.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


28 posted on 07/02/2012 8:41:49 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Beave Meister

BS. They’ll have the same grandiose plan they do now.

“1311...(d) Empowering Consumer Choice-
(1) CONTINUED OPERATION OF MARKET OUTSIDE EXCHANGES- Nothing in this title shall be construed to prohibit—
(A) a health insurance issuer from offering outside of an Exchange a health plan to a qualified individual or qualified employer; and
(B) a qualified individual from enrolling in, or a qualified employer from selecting for its employees, a health plan offered outside of an Exchange.”

It’s allowed in Obamacare. IE: can be “created under this Act “.
Or they can make themselves one even better than they have now- if physically possible...


29 posted on 07/02/2012 9:01:41 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: mrsmith

Thank You..


30 posted on 07/02/2012 9:40:46 PM PDT by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks for the ping!


31 posted on 07/02/2012 10:14:21 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: justiceseeker93

“Steve Israel ought to get a new name,”

Steve Palestein.


32 posted on 07/03/2012 12:47:23 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: justiceseeker93

and the gop forgot and turned LIBERAL and greedy and got thrown out under GWB...because we conservatives sat home in disgust


33 posted on 07/03/2012 5:29:01 AM PDT by GailA (IF U don't/won't keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: Terry Mross

34 posted on 07/03/2012 5:31:58 AM PDT by GailA (IF U don't/won't keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: man_in_tx

VERY DEBATABLE, I live in his district. He thinks 0 is like Jesus.


35 posted on 07/03/2012 5:34:59 AM PDT by GailA (IF U don't/won't keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: GailA

I’m with ya’, Gail! SS was paid for. It’s the politicians who used it to buy votes. And I feel the same way about disability. I’m sure there are some on disability who could work but I guarantee they’re becoming more and more rare. Now it’s too the point that those who SHOULD be allowed to draw on disability can’t get on.


36 posted on 07/03/2012 7:13:38 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: man_in_tx
If you look into it, I believe you will find that Steve Cohen’s district is overwhelmingly black and poor, meaning, that, it will be very hard to replace him with a Republican. Let’s put it this way,... as bad as he is, at least he is, perhaps, just a smidgen better than, say, oh... Sheila Jackson Lee, though that is, I suppose, debatable...

I think you may be confusing Steve Cohen (D-TN) with Steve Israel (D-NY).

37 posted on 07/03/2012 7:51:48 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Rats being ‘rats, have the mind of rodents..


38 posted on 07/03/2012 11:10:54 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: justiceseeker93

Hey... you’ve seen one Congressman Steve-D, you’ve seen them all, I say! /s


39 posted on 07/06/2012 10:37:56 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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