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Dem leaders: O-Care uproar is media hype
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Posted on 03/26/2014 1:06:17 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Dem leaders: O-Care uproar is media hype Greg Nash

By Alexander Bolton - 03/26/14 02:16 PM EDT

Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday said the media is exaggerating public concern about ObamaCare and insisted they aren't worried the law will cost them their majority.

Democratic leaders said voters care more about middle-class issues like raising the minimum wage, addressing college affordability, achieving paycheck parity between men and women and rebuilding infrastructure.

They expressed their frustration with reporters after a lengthy presentation on their “Fair Shot for Everyone” agenda was followed up by a salvo of questions on the implementation of ObamaCare.

“ObamaCare, if you do a poll of anyone, that’s dropped way down in significance,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

“This agenda is what the American people want to hear. You folks all want to ask about ObamaCare but the American people, most of them, are not directly affected by ObamaCare. They want to hear what we’re going to do for them,” Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Democratic leader, told reporters.

Reid plans to set aside a week to debate and vote on each of the populist economic issues on the Democratic agenda.

The Democratic leaders argued President Obama’s decision this week to extend the enrollment deadline for the new healthcare law beyond the end of March should not be considered a delay.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted the decision as a “joke” earlier in the day.

“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.

“This is part of a long-term pattern of this administration manipulating the law for its own convenience,” he added.

Reid said the real joke is Boehner’s repeated attempts to repeal the healthcare law.

“The joke I say to my dear friend John Boehner is him having more than 60 votes over there to terminate ObamaCare,” he said.

Democratic leaders say they are happy with their position seven months out from Election Day despite worrisome poll numbers, and announced plans to ramp up their offensive on populist economic issues.

“We feel very comfortable where we are, in spite of the Koch brothers with their outrageous spending,” Reid said in reference to Charles and David Koch, the libertarian industrialists who have spent about $30 million against Democratic candidates so far this election cycle.

Schumer told reporters after the press conference that the voters would be driven more by economic issues than the GOP’s criticism of healthcare reform.

“I know the media is just focused on ObamaCare but that’s not what the public’s focused on. You look at all the surveys, ObamaCare comes out sixth, seventh, eighth,” he said.

Democratic leaders assembled their middle-class agenda at the annual caucus retreat earlier this year.

Schumer held a series of phone calls and meetings with Democratic Policy and Communications Center Vice Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) ahead of the retreat to develop its points.

During the retreat, senators met in discussion groups to hammer out the planks of the agenda. Afterwards, Reid tasked Schumer with crafting a 2014 agenda.

He chose issues that would meet three criteria: resonate with middle-class voters, draw a contrast with Republicans and rev up Democratic base voters while giving ammo to Democratic incumbents running in red states.

“We are going to be introducing legislation on every one of these issues and voting on it,” Schumer said.


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Laughable.........
1 posted on 03/26/2014 1:06:17 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I am so sick of the media unfairly criticizing ACA!


2 posted on 03/26/2014 1:08:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Sub-Driver
This comes under the heading of "Embracing the suck."
3 posted on 03/26/2014 1:09:14 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Whistling past the graveyard.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 1:09:16 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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” middle-class issues like raising the minimum wage, addressing college affordability, achieving paycheck parity between men and women and rebuilding infrastructure”

i’ll tell you what, if you really think about those issues, they fall more on the Marxist side than in any free market, middle class benefit side.


5 posted on 03/26/2014 1:10:00 PM PDT by willywill
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh good, ‘see no evil’ - Let’s SHOW THEM HOW WE FEEL at the elections. “Can you hear us now?”


6 posted on 03/26/2014 1:12:41 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Sub-Driver
“ObamaCare, if you do a poll of anyone, that’s dropped way down in significance,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

One too many punches to the head in his boxing days?
7 posted on 03/26/2014 1:13:12 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Sub-Driver

I just got a letter from my insurance company assigning me a new doctor. Lying pigs!!!!


8 posted on 03/26/2014 1:13:28 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Sub-Driver

So who are these “Democratic leaders?”


9 posted on 03/26/2014 1:14:39 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Sub-Driver


10 posted on 03/26/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Sub-Driver

Talking Campaign

Coordinated with MSM

“It’s Not A Problem, Life is Good, All is Well”


11 posted on 03/26/2014 1:19:40 PM PDT by Regulator
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Quote: “Schumer told reporters after the press conference that the voters would be driven more by economic issues than the GOP’s criticism of healthcare reform.”

Right, because it is only Republicans who have a problem with healthcare reform. Because the democrats have just been so knock it out of the park on the economy. These “press conferences” are no more than a publicly held meeting wherein the democrats give the MSM its marching orders and talking points.


12 posted on 03/26/2014 1:25:31 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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voters care more about middle-class issues like raising the minimum wage, addressing college affordability, achieving paycheck parity between men and women and rebuilding infrastructure
Yes I do care about the minimum wage, raising it is bad idea, and college affordability, stop subsidizing universities with low interest collage loans and the price will come down, paycheck parity, we have it already and should keep it, and rebuilding infrastructure, roads and bridges yes, solar farms and wind mills no.
13 posted on 03/26/2014 1:27:41 PM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pretending that a problem doesn’t exist is the last step before destruction....................


14 posted on 03/26/2014 1:27:57 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obamacare = square peg + round hole.


15 posted on 03/26/2014 1:29:04 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: Sub-Driver

The chatter in the lunchroom was about health care premiums, fear of losing coverage, and hidden extra costs (like CPAP machine facepieces now costing 325), not “minimum wage” or “income inequality”.

Perhaps the dems are talking to a different demographic than “people with full time jobs”.


16 posted on 03/26/2014 1:31:02 PM PDT by DBrow
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Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday said the media is exaggerating public concern about ObamaCare and insisted they aren't worried the law will cost them their majority.

FANTASTIC!!!

Please, please, please keep up this attitude until November.

17 posted on 03/26/2014 1:34:27 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday said the media is exaggerating public concern about ObamaCare and insisted they aren't worried the law will cost them their majority.

Democratic leaders said voters care more about middle-class issues like raising the minimum wage, addressing college affordability, achieving paycheck parity between men and women and rebuilding infrastructure.

“ObamaCare, if you do a poll of anyone, that’s dropped way down in significance,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

I can somehow visualize these Dems sitting around in a conference room, writing specious lies on a chalk board, then voting among themselves on the ones each will tell.

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The once-great Democratic Party has fallen this far.

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18 posted on 03/26/2014 1:37:38 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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“Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday said the media is exaggerating public concern about ObamaCare and insisted they aren’t worried the law will cost them their majority.”

Please, please, please keep on thinking that (if you really believe it, which I doubt). At any rate, I highly recommend the Democrats spend most their precious propaganda bandwidth touting the wonderfulness of their votes and continued support for obamacare.


19 posted on 03/26/2014 1:56:55 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I actually had to check the source to make sure this wasn’t satire...


20 posted on 03/26/2014 1:59:19 PM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They’re stuck on the first stage of grief. They’ll never heal, emotionally, until they get past denial and move on through anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance.


21 posted on 03/26/2014 2:03:45 PM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Sub-Driver

We submitted an appeal (didn’t get a tax credit, can’t see why) to Obamacare on November 1, 2013. We still have not gotten a response. Went ahead and purchased health insurance without the tax credit and will file for it next year, unless they can quote me chapter and verse of why we don’t qualify for it.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 2:06:46 PM PDT by Old_Grouch (66 and AARP-free. Monthly FR contributor.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How can that be? I was under the impression that they still thought of Obama as the messiah! /sarc


23 posted on 03/26/2014 2:22:18 PM PDT by Jean2 (i)
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Yeah, democrats need to run on Obamacare... everyone loves the program... it’s their ticket to win.../s

LOL - fools.


24 posted on 03/26/2014 2:49:52 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: Sub-Driver

I have to admit one thing. After all I’ve heard about them from Harry Reid, I’ve decided not to vote for the Koch brothers.


25 posted on 03/26/2014 4:47:44 PM PDT by ShasheMac (Be still and know that I am God. Psa;m 46:10)
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Yeah. It's that horrible conservative media trying to make (sob!) Our President look bad.

November can't come soon enough.

26 posted on 03/26/2014 4:52:38 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: thackney

That’s one bad thing about having the media propagandize for you. You start believing your own press. I hope they keep that feeling of invincibility for decades.


27 posted on 03/27/2014 3:16:32 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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