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U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare's election toll: It'll bury Dems
Boston Herald ^ | April 18, 2014

Posted on 04/21/2014 8:20:56 PM PDT by gusopol3

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, the lone member of the Bay State delegation to vote against Obama­care four years ago, now predicts the law’s botched roll-out will not only cost Democrats valuable House seats but could even jeopardize their control of the Senate in this year’s hotly contested midterm elections.

“We will lose seats in the House,” the plain-talking South Boston Democrat said in Boston Herald Radio’s studio yesterday, delivering a harsh diagnosis. “I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there. And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that’s a possibility if things continue to go the way they have been ... primarily because of health care.”

Lynch cuttingly questioned whether many of his colleagues who echoed President Obama’s health care promises even “read through the bill really,” noting that many mechanisms created to fund the law still aren’t in effect.

Among them, Lynch said, is a hefty tax on employers who offer so-called “Cadillac” plans that won’t come into play until 2018.

“There’s all these taxes and fees that are the tough medicine, that up to now they haven’t implemented. I don’t know who’s going to do that,” Lynch said. “Maybe ... they expect the next administration is going to put these penalties in place. I think that’s the time it’s going to hit the fan.”

The Obamacare fallout has already written the script for Republicans in races nationwide, including in two of New England’s most closely watched bouts.

Former state Sen. Richard Tisei has made it a centerpiece of his push to unseat John Tierney in the 6th District, dubbing Obamacare a “disaster.” Scott Brown has delivered similar slams in his Granite State campaign to oust U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, whom he’s panned as the law’s deciding vote.

Tisei seized on Lynch’s remarks, praising Lynch in a statement yesterday for “telling the truth about how destructive Obamacare has been” in Massachusetts.

“If I’m elected to Congress, I look forward to working with Rep. Lynch to fix the mess Obamacare has made of our state-based system, which was once touted as the best in the country,” Tisei said.

Longtime Tierney adviser Michael Goldman countered, “While it may be an issue in some places around country, it’s not an issue for Tierney.” He predicted voters will judge Tierney on his “entire legislative issue, not on any single issue.”

Democratic strategist Steve McMahon said the key for Democrats is promoting the law’s popular parts, citing a provision letting parents cover their children until age 26 — even though recent polls show the majority of people look at the law itself negatively. A Gallup poll last week showed 54 percent of Americans disapproved of the Affordable Care Act, compared to 43 percent who approved of it.

“The question for Democrats is they own their vote, they own the bill, and they can’t run away from it. So they need to embrace it and talk about the features people love,” McMahon said. “And there are many.”

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: boston; jeanneshaheen; johntierney; lynch; michaelgoldman; obamacare; richardtisei; scottbrown; stephenlynch; stevemcmahon
Mark Levin played the audio on his show. If there was a thread over the weekend, it didn't show up on search.
1 posted on 04/21/2014 8:20:56 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

And who will dig America out from the damage this administration has caused?

It won’t be the GOP.

2 posted on 04/21/2014 8:24:03 PM PDT by mylife
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To: gusopol3

This same retard, Lynch, also said (paraphrasing) ‘although it will be impossible to repeal’ because ‘so many have signed up for the exchanges’. Huh? Like we can’t just move these fake “so many” numbers into another plan with a quick click of a mouse? Most went to Medicaid anyway.

3 posted on 04/21/2014 8:25:11 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: gusopol3

The elections that are within 2000 votes will tip to the Dems, because they count the votes and run the machines.

There’s a lot of uphill climbing to do.

Having said that, the answers still are not political.

4 posted on 04/21/2014 8:28:00 PM PDT by lurk
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To: gusopol3
little Richie will do “any thing” for a “seat.
Stevie Lynch is a marginally stand up guy
5 posted on 04/21/2014 8:28:28 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: gusopol3

If I were Lynch, I would not get too worked up. The GOP always has a
way to screw up an election. For example, when Bonehead, Cantor
and McCarthy pass Amnesty, and the bottom falls out of grassroots
enthusiasm, there won’t be a GOP senate majority. There may not even
be a GOP majority in the house.

In fact, there may not even be a GOP if it passes amnesty.

6 posted on 04/21/2014 8:33:56 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: mylife

Corporate America will neuter any attempt to repeal it. Big Healthcare made a strategic decision to work with the Dems to write the law after Obama nixed the single payer option. Money has been sunk into setting up a gov system that requires citizens to buy Big Healthcare products. Big Healthcare wants to salvage the projected profits from Obamacare. The other dimension is many major corporations want to dump healthcare costs from their books. In the past it served its purpose to attract needed workers but today its admin costs is a burden. Big business wants to dump it on the taxpayers and politicians to fight it out amongst themselves and freeing up corporate capital for other endeavors. Lobbyists are already working on GOP when they come to power in the Senate and House to fix Obamacare, not repeal it. If all else fails, Big Healthcare will demand a bailout for the losses of the failed program because it is part of the ACA law, something the Dems did not even know when they voted for it. Only good news out of this mess, is the single payer system is dead on arrival among the US public. After we get thru ACA mess, subject of healthcare reform will not be popular in the US.

7 posted on 04/21/2014 8:34:10 PM PDT by Fee ( Big Gov and Big Business are Enemies of America)
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He predicted voters will judge Tierney on his “entire legislative issue, not on any single issue.”


If enough voters have had to give up on a new car or a long planed for vacation or put off retirement because of the skyrocketing cost of healthcare insurance his goose maybe cooked.

The pocket book often rules the voting booth.

8 posted on 04/21/2014 8:39:31 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Fee

Excellent observations.

9 posted on 04/21/2014 8:49:27 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Pontiac
Little Richie is wrong about the fact that he subverted the State Constitution by not allowing the anti Constitutional “Gay Marriage decision (that the Mittster was up against) by allowing the referendum that the public voted for after that twist State Supreme Court Decision. As one of six R Senators, he voted not to let us “question” the State Authority via a State wide “question” on the ballot which was totally Constitutional and Legal.
Richie is “married” to another boy to whom he deeded his ill gotten business.

Gay Mafia alive and thriving in the Gay State

10 posted on 04/21/2014 9:16:15 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: gusopol3

I’ve been waiting for the honorable Democrats to speak up. Hopefully, more of them will do the same.

11 posted on 04/22/2014 4:18:38 AM PDT by abclily
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