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Democrats struggle to win over skeptical Americans on Obamacare
Reuters ^ | May 11, 2014 | BY SUSAN CORNWELL

Posted on 05/11/2014 6:21:36 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in the Congress have grown more confident in recent months about their ability to use the president's signature healthcare law as a draw rather than a liability in this November's midterm elections.

The president has urged Democrats campaigning in the November 4 congressional elections not to run away from "Obamacare," but instead to "forcefully defend" it. Obama has said that a surge in enrollment shows the system is running smoothly now, after its disastrous debut last October.

But while Obamacare may now be working better, national polls clearly show more people disapprove than approve of the law.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election2014; obamacare; rinocare; socialism

1 posted on 05/11/2014 6:21:36 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
And remind the majority of Americans way they shouldn't vote for democrats


2 posted on 05/11/2014 6:27:40 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Similar article in WAPO. Press lapdogs coordinate the talking points again.


3 posted on 05/11/2014 6:29:10 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No they don’t. They don’t WANT Obamacare to work. It’s just a gateway for Socialized Medicine.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 6:30:45 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Democrats had better run away from Obama care or they will not have a chance in hell of winning a dog race..This article is from Reuters and we know they go along with anything Obama..I think they all belong to the same communist club..

The people of this country has had enough of the democrats and their lies now it is time to vote the suckers out of office and take our country back..

5 posted on 05/11/2014 6:31:00 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
nobamadon'tcare will only "work" to enslave us. Dump it...kill it.
6 posted on 05/11/2014 6:31:27 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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7 posted on 05/11/2014 6:33:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obamacare, like Obama, is a FAILURE.


8 posted on 05/11/2014 6:35:55 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

obamacare is fabulous, now my 5 and 9 year old grandsons have maternity care, and my 11 year old granddaughter has coverage for prostate issues.


9 posted on 05/11/2014 6:38:59 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

‘No communism for me today, thanks.’


10 posted on 05/11/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The captain wants lots of company when he goes down with the ship.


11 posted on 05/11/2014 6:43:11 AM PDT by oldtech
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"forcefully defend" it.

How'd that "flat earth" defense work out for you, zero?

12 posted on 05/11/2014 6:43:59 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama has said that a surge in enrollment shows the system is running smoothly now,Yet he fails to show the real numbers of who paid and other data just more of his BS.


13 posted on 05/11/2014 6:46:36 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I think Obamacare is great, so great that I encourage CONGRESS and the PRESIDENT to MANDATE that ALL PUBLIC SERVANTS and PUBLIC EMPLOYEES NATIONWIDE immediately sign up for Obamacare and save the taxpayers from having to pay for the “inferior” plans they have now.


14 posted on 05/11/2014 6:51:41 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Who says the American people are “skeptical”? If anything, they are starry-eyed over their “leadership” in both parties.


15 posted on 05/11/2014 6:51:48 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They’re gonna find out...


16 posted on 05/11/2014 6:52:08 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
But while Obamacare may now be working better, national polls clearly show more people disapprove than approve of the law.

How can it be working better when all of its key features have been delayed (due to politics)?

17 posted on 05/11/2014 6:52:15 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: hal ogen

This can’t be; don’t you kow that the American people hate “slavery”? However, they are too ill-informed to learn all the nuances of “slavery”.


18 posted on 05/11/2014 6:53:39 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: svcw

Yeah, and our healthcare plans will necessarily include birth control. That’ll be great, considering a few years back I had a vasectomy, and then a few months later my wife ended up having a hysterectomy for medical reasons. Yeah, BC coverage, great.


19 posted on 05/11/2014 6:56:06 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER TO 2014-2016 VOTERS As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville, Democrat candidate Obama advanced his signature plan that was ultimately enacted (by an historic straight Democrat party-line vote) into the "Affordable Care Act:

QUOTING OBAMA: "No. 1, let me just repeat, if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it. All I’m going to do is help you to lower the premiums on it. You’ll still have choice of doctor.”

Repeated over and over ---- with the promise that every American would be saving $2500.00 on healthcare costs.

LOCK-STEPPING PARTY LOYALTY NOT SEEN SINCE 1930-40's ERA EUROPE:

SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: “We believe — and we stand by this — if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-Wash.): “Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it.” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)

SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-Iowa): “One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it; thus, the term ‘grandfathered plans.’ If you have a plan you like — existing policies — you can keep them. … we said, if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in.” (Sen. Harkin, Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)

THEN-REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.): “Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve.” (Rep. Baldwin, Press Release, 3/18/10)

SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-Alaska): “If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it. That you can keep who you want.” (Sen. Begich, Townhall Event, 7/27/09)

SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-Colo.): “We should begin with a basic principle: if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them as well. We will not take that choice away from you.” (Sen. Bennet, Press Release, 6/11/09)

SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-Calif.): “So we Democrats want people to be able to keep the health care they have. And the answer to that is choice of plans. And in the exchange, we’re going to have lots of different plans, and people will be able to keep the health care coverage they need and they want.” (Sen. Boxer, Press Release, 2/8/11)

SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-Ohio): “Our Democrat bill says if you have health insurance and you like it, you can keep it…”(Sen. Brown, Congressional Record, S.12612, 12/7/09)

SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-Md.): “For the people of Maryland, this bill will provide a rational way in which they can maintain their existing coverage…” (Sen. Cardin, Congressional Record, S.13798, 12/23/09)

SEN. BOB CASEY (D-Pa.): “I also believe this Democrat legislation and the bill we are going to send to President Obama this fall will also have secure choices. If you like what you have, you like the plan you have, you can keep it. It is not going to change.” (Sen. Casey, Congressional Record, S.8070, 7/24/09)

SEN. KAY HAGAN (D-N.C.): ‘People who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it’ “We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage.” (“Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired,” National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/18/09)

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-La.): “If you like the insurance that you have, you’ll be able to keep it.” (MSNBC’s Hardball, 12/16/09)

SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-Vt.): “[I]f you like the insurance you now have, keep the insurance you have.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 10/22/09)

SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-N.J.): “If you like what you have, you get to keep it” “Menendez is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to release a bill later this week. He stressed that consumers who are satisfied with their plans won’t have to change. ‘If you like what you have, you get to keep it,’ he said.” (“Health Care Plan Would Help N.J., Menendez Says,” The Record, 6/19/09)

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oreg.): “[E]nsuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it” “The HELP Committee bill sets forward a historic Democrat plan that will, for the first time in American history, give every American access to affordable health coverage, reduce costs, and increase choice, while ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it.” (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 7/15/09)

SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-Md.): “It means that if you like the insurance you have now, you can keep it.” (Sen. Mikulski, Press Release, 12/24/09)

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-W.Va.): “I want people to know, the President’s promise that if you like the coverage you have today you can keep it is a pledge we intend to keep.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Hearing, 9/23/09)

SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.): “If you like the insurance you have, you can choose to keep it.” (Sen. Reed, Town Hall Event, 6/25/09)

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.): “‘If you have coverage you like, you can keep it,’ says Sen. Sanders.” (“Sick And Wrong,” Rolling Stone, 4/5/10)

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-N.H.): ‘if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it’ “My understanding … is that … if you have health coverage that you like you can keep it. As I said, you may have missed my remarks at the beginning of the call, but one of the things I that I said as a requirement that I have for supporting a Democrat bill is that if you have health coverage that you like you should be able to keep that. …under every scenario that I’ve seen, if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it.” (Sen. Shaheen, “Health Care Questions From Across New Hampshire,” Accessed 11/13/13)

SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-Mich.): “As someone who has a large number of large employers in my state, one of the things I appreciate about the Democrat chairman’s remark is — is the grandfathering provisions, the fact that the people in my state, 60 percent of whom have insurance, are going to be able to keep it. And Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that. That’s a strong commitment. It’s clear in the bill … I appreciate the strong commitment on your part and the president to make sure that if you have your insurance you can keep it. That’s the bottom line for me.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)

SEN. JON TESTER (D-Mont.): “‘If you like your coverage, you’ll be able to keep it,’ Tester said, adding that if Medicare changes, it will only become stronger”. (“Tester In Baker To Discuss Health Care,” The Fallon County Times, 11/20/09)

SEN. TOM UDALL (D-N.Mex.): “Some worried reform would alter their current coverage. It won’t. If you like your current plan, you can keep it.” (“What I Learned: About Health Care Reform This Summer, By Your Lawmakers In Congress,” Albuquerque Journal, 9/8/09)

SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-R.I.): “..it honors President Obama’s programs and the promise of all of the Presidential candidates that if you like the plan you have, you get to keep it. You are not forced out of anything.” (Sen. Whitehouse, Congressional Record, S.8668, 8/3/09)

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) the 60th vote on Obamacare: "people who are happy with their current plan, wouldn't need to change it."
FRANKEN YOUTUBE SOUND BITE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCZmAYYNz8Ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCZmAYYNz8I

20 posted on 05/11/2014 6:57:59 AM PDT by Liz
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SIGNING "THE BIG EFFIN' DEAL" (now known as "The Big Effin' Debacle")

"Those Democrats leering over my shoulder owe me bigtime.
The healthcare bill insures we get a permanent Democratic majority."

" All except those Tea Party types, swallowed hook, line and sinker my promises that they could:

(1) keep their existing health plans,
(2) keep their own doctors that they like,
(3) keep their 25-year-olds on the family health plan,
(4) never be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition,
(5) sign up instantly on my tech-savvy government Web site,
(6) buy insurance only after becoming seriously ill."
(7) save $2,500 in annual premiums in the bargain....
(8) All without any new taxes."

"Them sonovagun Tea Partiers will rue the day they criticized my wonderful bill."

21 posted on 05/11/2014 7:01:55 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obamacare is just one of tons of failures of Obama and the Democrat Party!!! Obamacare, Fast & Furious, The IRS scandal, The Bengazi scandal & lies, the lousy economy, no decent paying jobs created, the growth of the non-productive Obama welfare state and freebie handouts, the failure of “government education”, the destruction of African-American jobs & economy, and now......the hidden, planned, killing of our military veterans by VA Adminstator, Shinseki and Barack Hussein Obama!!! Shucks, this list could go on and on!!!

And...Obama’s nutcase Democrats want to boycott....the Benghazi select committee....idiots!!! Ya know...only the forced resignation of Obama/Biden by the Democrat Party will save them from political devastation come, November, 2014!!! So.......let us all get out and vote in November, 2014 to totally destroy the entire Democrat “Traitor” Party that is working so hard every day to destroy the American economy and the nation itself!!! VOTE to save America from Obama, his Obamabots and the low life Democrat Party!!!


22 posted on 05/11/2014 7:01:56 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”

They’re trying, as they always do, to convince us that we don’t see what we see.


23 posted on 05/11/2014 7:02:12 AM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The important part isn’t that more people oppose the law, it’s who those opposed are.

A big chunk of them are the big labor unions, and that spells trouble for the Demonrats in November.

Couple that with the unions being pissed off at Owebama over his blocking the Keystone pipeline, and the Demonrats may get slaughtered in the November elections.


24 posted on 05/11/2014 7:02:24 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The “surge” was just a tit-for-tat. Replace canceled policies or Medicaid

And I bet most of the previously uninsureds:

Many haven’t paid their premiums

Will drop the policies once they realize it doesn’t subsidize any costs due to high deductibles and co pays.

A ClusterEff if there ever was one


25 posted on 05/11/2014 7:21:01 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey 2008, we told you so)
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To: MuttTheHoople



26 posted on 05/11/2014 7:23:18 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The president has urged Democrats campaigning in the November 4 congressional elections not to run away from "Obamacare," but instead to "forcefully defend" it.

The bigger the lie, the bigger the double-down.

27 posted on 05/11/2014 7:39:51 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Who ya gonna believe. A lying liar. Or your actually health insurance plan with higher deductibles, less access to care, etc.


28 posted on 05/11/2014 7:49:47 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: MuttTheHoople

socialized medicine needs socialized doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers

so far haven’t seen masses of them yearning to become govt employees

so if that is the goal, by next year we will need to see large numbers of American doctors (or something less than doctors that will be tasked to provide frontline medical care) impressed into serving govt patients for whatever the govt thinks they “should” be paid


29 posted on 05/11/2014 7:50:09 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I am 66 (today, in fact—Happy Birthday to me...) and covered via Medicare but my wife is a few years younger and has an individual policy here in NJ with United Health Care (Oxford.) The policy is up for renewal on June 1st. The old premium was $428/month with a reasonable deductible. The new premium will be $1122/month with a $2500 deductible.

No matter how much Obama and his sycophants spin it, the above scenario is hardly an endorsement for Obama, his plan, or the democrats who supported it. Period.


30 posted on 05/11/2014 7:51:52 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obamacare is NOT working,.,,the website is working.

People are still having to pay much more to receive inferior coverage to what they were kicked out of.....they just find out faster from the website just how much that is.

I beg local dumbles to try to run on the shining examples of glorious zerocare...the images of slackers living in Mom’s basement sucking on her policy until they are 26 just make themselves powerful ads.
Peple staring in disbelief at the terms of their policies and $12,000 deductibles should be more powerful than some slacker getting his policy for $28/mo.

By all means.,...run on it....

A$$holes.


31 posted on 05/11/2014 7:52:48 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
democrats forced on us snake oil (ACA) that leads to premature death and breaks our personal and national bank accounts in the process and the liberal ass hats think they can still sell it.
32 posted on 05/11/2014 8:17:38 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Since Obama has pushed all the fun stuff to 2017 the dems are covered.


33 posted on 05/11/2014 12:23:18 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Newsmax
Taxpayer Tab for 4 State Obamacare Exchanges: $474 Million and Counting
Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:31 AM

By: Sandy Fitzgerald

Four states that spent nearly a half-billion dollars in federal money to build their own state Obamacare exchanges are facing a tough decision — collect even more federal dollars to salvage their websites or transition over to the federal exchange, scrapping the sites and throwing away the money that has already been spent.

Currently, the federal system serves 36 states, more than the federal health care reform plan had expected, reports Politico. But the sites for the states of Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland are all considered failures, and the government must either write them checks to give them a second chance, or for less money include them with other states that use the federal website to service Obamacare plans.


34 posted on 05/11/2014 4:38:50 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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