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(Exempt) Dems ramp up offense on ObamaCare
The Hill ^ | 3/22/14 | Justin Sink, Elise Viebeck

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 ObamaCare’s 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. That’s 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 they’re 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.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2014; abortion; deathpanels; dems; exempt; insurancebailouts; medicaid; obamacare; singlepayergoal; zerocare
It must be painful to watch the 2014 wipeout from where they are. Husseincare covers that. 750 comments @ the link.
1 posted on 03/23/2014 12:16:10 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

0bamacrats for 0bamaCare! They own it so they might as well run on it.


2 posted on 03/23/2014 12:21:00 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Libloather

When piglousy and all the other d-bags enroll, I’ll think about it.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 12:21:00 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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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”


4 posted on 03/23/2014 12:21:38 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Libloather

Bring it on chumps!


5 posted on 03/23/2014 12:23:40 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Libloather
Ken Starr: Obamacare shackles religious freedom
6 posted on 03/23/2014 12:25:10 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: TigersEye

Sure, anything but eschew their own healthcare and switch to it.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 12:29:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Libloather

Great. I suggest they double-down on gorebal warming and pack in another porkulus while they’re putting together their platform of crapola.


8 posted on 03/23/2014 12:30:32 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Libloather

You have more faith in the voting public than I do.


9 posted on 03/23/2014 12:31:33 PM PDT by sheana
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http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/03/18/obama-makes-insurance-company-bailout-bigger-despite-public-outrage/

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.

It’s illegal,because no president,including Obama,has the constitutional authority to rewrite the laws. The president’s sworn duty is to “take care that laws are faithfully executed.”


10 posted on 03/23/2014 12:38:55 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: Libloather

|8 million seniors have saved $9.9 billion on medication “

Offset by the countless working millions who spent $9.9 billion in taxes!


11 posted on 03/23/2014 12:44:59 PM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: Olog-hai

When you can legally engage in insider trading you can afford anything you want.


12 posted on 03/23/2014 12:49:37 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Libloather

Healthcare has absolutely nothing to do with health to Democrats.


13 posted on 03/23/2014 12:50:22 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: TigersEye

Sure, but why buy it when you can subsidize it? Buying is for the “masses”.


14 posted on 03/23/2014 12:50:49 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Oh, I’m sure they don’t spend their own money on health care.


15 posted on 03/23/2014 12:53:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Libloather

-——“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....


16 posted on 03/23/2014 1:03:04 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jimmyo57

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.


17 posted on 03/23/2014 1:11:34 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Libloather

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?


18 posted on 03/23/2014 1:22:49 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Libloather; All
As mentioned in related threads, patriots who are aware of the federal government's constitutionally limited powers can put Constitution-ignoring Democrats and activist justices on the defensive with the following single-sentence excerpts from historical Supreme Court opinions. Regardless what activist justices want everybody to think about the constitutionality of constitutionally indefensible federal Obamacare Democratcare, these excerpts officially clarify that the states have never delegated to the feds, via the Constituton, the specific power to regulate, tax and spend for public healthcare purposes.
”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.

“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.

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.
Judge Napolitano & the Constitution

19 posted on 03/23/2014 1:44:38 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Libloather
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20 posted on 03/23/2014 1:54:16 PM PDT by HotHunt
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To: Libloather

4th anniversary ? cripes...it took the US less time to win WWII.

More people were liberated from concentration camps, than the number of “never had insurance” people signed up for Obamacare.


21 posted on 03/23/2014 2:23:10 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: Libloather

Pelosi and pals give CPR to ObamaCare didn’t work but the grave digger is working.


22 posted on 03/23/2014 3:21:06 PM PDT by Vaduz
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