Skip to comments.(Exempt) Dems ramp up offense on ObamaCare
Posted on 03/23/2014 12:16:10 PM PDT by Libloather
The White House and congressional Democrats are ramping up a coordinated effort to celebrate ObamaCares fourth anniversary this weekend, looking to go on offense ahead of the final week of open enrollment.
The effort includes a social media campaign by members of Congress and administration officials, enrollment events featuring lawmakers and Senate floor speeches marking the four-year anniversary.
The tightly coordinated final push was the result of work between the White House and House and Senate healthcare strike teams, which were created in the aftermath of the botched ObamaCare rollout to push back against a flood of bad headlines.
The White House has provided members of Congress with packets that detail state-by-state benefits of the law, and what the cost of repeal would mean for constituents within their districts. A White House official says the data can be used to amplify the new effort ahead of the March 31 deadline.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also provided members with data and sample language for members to use on new Medicare drug savings data.
Federal health officials reported Friday that nearly 8 million seniors have saved $9.9 billion on medication since ObamaCare's passage, a message Democrats hope their candidates will use on the campaign trail.
President Obama and other senior administration officials will mark the anniversary through efforts to highlight the individual stories of consumers who say their families have benefited from the Affordable Care Act.
White House staffers will also tweet a series of six graphics highlighting provisions of the law that eliminate lifetime limits, prohibit denial of coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and mandate free birth control and mammograms, among others.
The graphics feature an image of the president's signature on the ObamaCare bill, in a nod to the March 23 anniversary.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate will also push graphics pushing the healthcare law on their social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. House and Senate members will use the hashtag #healthcare4all to coordinate their messaging.
Senate Democrats, who have spent recent weeks on the defensive as polling suggests the Affordable Care Act is damaging their chances to retain a majority, will organize their events around the theme before and after the ACA, according to a Senate aide.
For a long time it was frankly just the White House pushing the positive aspects of this, said an aide.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who has spearheaded the effort in the Senate, appeared on a call with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) hosted by the Center for American Progress on Friday. The lawmakers argued that it was possible to run on and win by touting the benefits of ObamaCare.
Now that the ACA is working, now that we've gotten beyond those early months, we have a really good story to tell, said Murphy.
The election isn't tomorrow, Boxer added. We had a terrible rollout. It slowed us up. But it's falling into place now. The Republican answer is, let's repeal it and take away these benefits from people. Thats going to be very bad for them at the end of the day.
The Democratic National Committee also released a memo saying they were ready - and eager - to have a debate over the health care law.
All signs point to Republicans running against ObamaCare again in 2014, wrote DNC communications director Mo Elleithee. But this year will be a little different for the first time they are running to take away benefits that virtually every American who has health care is benefiting from.
The Democrats effort kicked off Thursday with a press conference by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who defended ObamaCare as a winner for her party this year.
Both Pelosi and her deputy, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), pushed back on predictions that premiums will rise substantially next year due to few young, healthy enrollees and other problems with the rollout.
You have to compare what premiums are in the Affordable Care Act to what they otherwise would be, Van Hollen said. That's the real question here.
The premiums question is likely to haunt Democratic candidates this year. State insurance officials will make the 2015 marketplace rates public this summer, and even if they're mostly positive, any bad anecdotes will create attack fodder for Republicans.
In the meantime, opposition to the healthcare law remains near its all-time high, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Fifty-three percent now disapprove of the law compared with 41 percent who say they approve.
Pew also found that Latinos are increasingly skeptical of the Affordable Care Act, a law they used to support in strong numbers. Hispanics, a group the administration has targeted with special healthcare outreach, are now split 47-47 on the reform law.
Republicans maintain theyre more than happy to keep the ObamaCare anniversary in the news, for just that reason.
Every anniversary that comes up, there's a gift that goes with it. For the fourth anniversary, it's traditionally flowers. I think the gift from President Obama with ObamaCare to Democrat candidates is not a dozen roses but rather a bunch of prickly pear cactus that they're not going to want to embrace, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (Ore.) told reporters on a conference call.
Still, surveys indicate there are some ways Democrats may be able to reclaim the narrative on healthcare over the next eight months.
There is a strong sense within the public, for example, that elected officials should try to make the law work as well as possible.
This sentiment is held even by a majority of ObamaCare's opponents, and it could be a good sign for Democrats' narrative that Republicans are merely out to sabotage ObamaCare.
Never have I seen a law that is helping so many people be so vilified, Boxer said Friday. The Republicans are still bragging about the 54 votes they have taken to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
0bamacrats for 0bamaCare! They own it so they might as well run on it.
When piglousy and all the other d-bags enroll, I’ll think about it.
Why is there so many resources expended to never endingly promote the law of the land? Why don’t we have media blitzes about other laws like “Hey everybody, don’t murder people and stuff”
Bring it on chumps!
Sure, anything but eschew their own healthcare and switch to it.
Great. I suggest they double-down on gorebal warming and pack in another porkulus while they’re putting together their platform of crapola.
You have more faith in the voting public than I do.
Obama Quietly Increases Bailout Money For Insurance Companies ...
In a sneaky and illegal maneuver after close of business Friday,the Obama administration proposed a new rule increasing bailout protection for insurance companies that sell ObamaCare exchange plans. The rule using taxpayer money,of course — is designed to protect the companies from losses.
Its illegal,because no president,including Obama,has the constitutional authority to rewrite the laws. The presidents sworn duty is to take care that laws are faithfully executed.
|8 million seniors have saved $9.9 billion on medication “
Offset by the countless working millions who spent $9.9 billion in taxes!
When you can legally engage in insider trading you can afford anything you want.
Healthcare has absolutely nothing to do with health to Democrats.
Sure, but why buy it when you can subsidize it? Buying is for the “masses”.
Oh, I’m sure they don’t spend their own money on health care.
-——Now that the ACA is working, now that we’ve gotten beyond those early months, we have a really good story to tell, said Murphy.
I personally know four people who had to sign up for Obamacare because their insurance was cancelled.....
Everyone of them are getting cheaper insurance because they are highly subsidized....
They basically lied their asses off on the income they reported....since there is no checks to verify their actual income....
If dems understand anything, they understand how to suck in people to rely on them....
Jimmy, you’re wrong. Fedzilla stole about $16 BILLION from us taxpayers to give $10 BILLION away. It’s estimated the beast takes about 40% of what it collects to operate. If it were a charity, the bosses would be in jail.
Actually, we borrowed the $16 B from the Chicoms and our kids will pay it back. Nothing’s too good for our seniors.
Ooooooooh, they are going to go on “offense”.
Like what is that supposed to do? Make people think that this thing isnt a joke anymore?
State inspection laws, health laws, and laws for regulating the internal commerce of a State, and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c. are not within the power granted to Congress. (emphases added) Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.Judge Andrew Napolitano will take a few minutes to verify the excerpts above by reading Congress's constitutional Article I, Section 8-limited powers which RINOs read for a dog-and-pony show at the beginning of the last two new legislative sessions.
Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States. Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
Inspection laws, quarantine laws, health laws of every description (emphasis added), as well as laws for regulating the internal commerce of a state and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c., are component parts of this mass. Justice Barbour, New York v. Miln, 1837.
Direct control of medical practice in the states is obviously (emphasis added) beyond the power of Congress. Linder v. United States, 1925.