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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 DCCCs 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 Obamas 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 NBCs Meet the Press.
Past House repeal votes, though, have failed to garner support in the Democratic-led Senate.
Good. Smoke out the socialist hand-maidens right before an election! We’ll be better off without them.
This campaign will probably work. It is Obamaland after all.
“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.
Doesn’t sound too smart.
And RINO Bono-Mack is not in very much danger.
Only if you are Sarah Palin. /sarc
If they are from CA or IL they are Rino’s anyway......don’t matter whether Dem or Rep is elected.
“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?
Is Issa a RINO? He’s from CA.
Pete Hoekstra ad “targeting” Debbie Spenditnow on her support of Obamatax.
I guess you don’t have to be Jewish to be DCCC Chairperson, but it apparently helps.
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.
‘By Meghashyam Mali’
“THE HILL” used to clean up the DNC’s press releases before publishing them.
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.
thanks Impy. Let them waste the money.
And don’t underestimate ‘em.
Remember in November.
I should have just said IL since that is my state :) does me no good to vote for anything around this state!
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.
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.
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.
In the case of Steve Israel, his name gives a very false impression of who he really is. Please see my post # 19.