Skip to comments.Carville: O-Care a winning bet for Dems
Posted on 04/02/2014 9:06:59 AM PDT by Kenny
Earlier this year I took to the pages of The Hill to encourage Democratic strategists to focus on what conditions would look like in November, and not be demoralized by what they look like in February and March. I pushed them to act like they were running the fast break in the NCAA tournament and to throw the lead pass, and to have some confidence that conditions would improve. And it sure does seem, if you look at the latest ABC/Washington Post poll, that the receiver of that pass has moved somewhat.
Focusing on the biggest issue, ObamaCare, we can see in the ABC/Post poll significant gains in support of the healthcare reform law. Although the electorate is split with 49 percent supporting the healthcare law and 48 percent opposing, those are much better numbers than what we saw in November, when an ABC/Washington Post survey found only 40 percent in support of the law and 57 percent in opposition.
Just like two weeks ago, the current numbers are probably going to change, so you have to continue to focus on the trajectory and the destination, which is November. How mobilized will Democratic support be for ObamaCare then?
While the numbers in the ABC/Post poll are looking up and the trajectory is looking better, lets not get too optimistic without seeing the defense when we throw that lead pass.
After Alex Sink was sunk in the Florida special congressional race in February, my fellow Democratic strategists went back to their get-out-the-vote strategy and feared another 1994 or 2010 landslide election for the GOP. Well, Democratic voters might now be motivated to stand by the administrations top legislative achievement more than ever the same ABC/Post poll found that Democratic support for ObamaCare has reached 76 percent, which is up 11 percentage points from January. My fellow Democrats feared we didnt have a motivating issue ... well, Republican opposition to the law, to no ones surprise, is at 78 percent.
I like being on the side of healthcare consumer. I think that is a winning argument for Democrats.
This past weekend was the Louisiana Derby, and with the Kentucky Derby on the horizon, I have been making some bets lately. One bet I made recently was with my friend Bill OReilly at Fox News, about the future and fate of ObamaCare. He gave the reform law a 25 percent chance of success, and among his colleagues, that might make him the most optimistic. Even on his show I was a critic of the Affordable Care Act rollout. I even called it a disaster, which it was. But I took that bet. And now, could somebody say the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government, and administration healthcare officials got the number of enrollees pretty right?
Well, here is a shout-out to those who dont often get a shout-out: great job.
Just hope their constant brain-battering doesn't fool the people - again.
Oh really now?
The thing is, just about everyone I know has at least one friend or family member who has been harmed by Obamacare. Propaganda is useless in the face of that.
As it so spectacularly successful we should be celebrating it successes. Now more people only work 29 hours per week and have more time to spend at home to tuck in the kids at night. Every Democrat should be boasting of this step forward and claiming their share of credit!
Koolaid drinkers. FUBAR.
The facts are the facts. The ACA is a disaster for any working person.
Wonder it feels like to be a liberal ..in the press ..or punditry .knowing that you have to lie your ever loving ass off every single day. These have to be dark, unhappy evil beings.
No way a decent person could even do that, one day, let alone day in day out year in year out.
And I have yet to hear someone say
“The policy I received through the exchange is cheaper, has lower deductibles, offers more doctor and hospital choice than my old crappy policy.”
Then, name me ONE incumbent who's running on that issue, Jimmy.
“punditry .knowing that you have to lie your ever loving ass off every single day. These have to be dark, unhappy evil beings.”
Couldn’t have said it better.
Never underestimate a democrat’s childlike ability to suspend disbelief for the time it takes to cast a vote.
They don’t think they’re lying.
They live in an alternate reality.
If directly confronted with this, they react with explosive rage.
That ABC poll is propaganda. Period.
Carville wants to treat it as factual? Fine.
He can go back on CNN and put a trash can on his head again.
Mr. Carville, the ONLY thing you should run on is Obamacare. NOTHING else.
Why aren’t the Democrats fed up with being lied to? They do know this lie is for them and not the voter that already knows it’s poison.
So, they will reinstate the employer mandate by the end of the week? How cool is that!
Wait, they’re not going to do that? Why not?
The local news broadcast (KOMO Seattle) ran a opinion survey (not scientific, I know) on whether you trust the government and Obama to manage healthcare.
My last look showed over 65% saying NO.