Campaign 2010

Dec 06, 2013

The Offense on #CostsOfGOPRepeal Has Begun…

Democrats are taking the fight to Republicans on their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take us back to a system that didn't work, that led hardworking people into bankruptcy and gave insurance companies unchecked power to deny care, drop coverage and hike costs. House Republicans will pay a price for their relentless obsession with repeal as Democrats are going to relentlessly remind Americans that one party is willing to fix the Affordable Care Act and that one party – the Republican Party – wants to repeal the law and put insurance companies back in charge.

Take a look for yourself.

Democrats, Fumbling No More: The party's offensive on the Affordable Care Act continues. [National Journal]

“In the past few days, Democrats have taken up the offensive on the health care law, sounding off on the consequences of repeal for the GOP as part of a three-week drive to refocus the public on the law's benefits. Buoyed by improvements in HealthCare.Gov, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting 60 House Republicans who have criticized the Affordable Care Act, blasting out statements that tout the benefits of the legislation and linking opponents' criticism of the law with things like immunizations for children and covering those with preexisting conditions. Lawmakers in heated races around the country are getting in on the action as well.”  [National Journal, 12/5/13]

Democrats’ Latest Campaign for Health Care Law Begins [New York Times]

“President Obama and congressional Democrats, seizing on the good news of an improving health care website and rising enrollments, on Wednesday highlighted parts of the law that are popular with the public and reminded Americans, and the law’s opponents, of what would be lost if the Affordable Care Act were repealed. As part of that political counteroffensive, which began this week, Democratic congresswomen challenged Republicans to present an alternative that would provide free preventive health services for the 105 million Americans who have already received them under the law. At the same time, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee singled out about 60 House Republicans, accusing them of plotting to take away immunizations for children, cancer screenings and mammograms.” [New York Times, 12/5/13]

 Health-Law Fight Pivots Toward Midterms [Wall Street Journal]

“This strategy is driven in part by polling that House Democrats conducted over the summer in 68 contested districts. It found that 55% preferred a Democrat who wanted to fix the Affordable Care Act, compared with 40% who wanted a Republican who would repeal it. ‘That's been a very durable result through thick and thin, and, obviously, we've had a lot of thin lately,’ said Geoff Garin, the pollster who conducted the survey. ‘Even with all the problems associated with the rollout, voters very clearly prefer somebody who wants to fix and improve the law over somebody who wants to totally repeal it.’” [Wall Street Journal, 12/3/13]

House Dems To Hit 60 Republicans On Obamacare [Talking Points Memo]

“House Democrats' campaign arm plans to hit roughly 60 Republicans on Obamacare as part of the Obama administration's pushback against criticism by opponents of the healthcare law. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is blasting out statements to supporters targeting five dozen House Republicans who have criticized the Affordable Care Act. The statements tout the benefits from the Affordable Care Act and link House Republicans criticism of the law and the website to opposition other aspects of the healthcare law, like immunizations for children and cancer screenings.” [Talking Points Memo, 12/4/13]

Dems make their bet: Repeal is a Loser [Washington Post]

“[I]t’s notable that Dems continue to fashion their strategy around the idea that ”fix and improve” is ultimately superior to repeal, even if this idea is born of necessity — i.e., that the alternative, running from the law, is worse. The notion that repeal could actually prove a liability to Republicans is catching on with political observers…Indeed, the sense that repeal may not be a certain winner seems to be creating a bit of a difficult situation for a handful of Republican candidates, who have tried to edge away from repeal towards a more constructive message, only to be forced to snap back into line by internal GOP politics.” [Washington Post, 12/4/13]