Sunday, August 03, 2014

Obamacare loses some of its campaign punch for Republicans

By Michael A. Memoli, Lisa Mascaro, LA Times

Do Republicans need a new wedge issue to run on after failing to advance an alternative to Obamacare?

Some Democrats say public approval for Obamacare is growing; some candidates are even touting their support.

Six months ago, a House Republican campaign official listed the top three issues that would propel the party's candidates to victory in the midterm election: "Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare."

It was a strategy that worked well in 2010, when GOP electoral gains were fueled primarily by a high-profile campaign to repeal the newly passed Affordable Care Act.

But now, months removed from the political storm that resulted from the botched rollout of the law and as more Americans begin receiving healthcare under the program, many Republicans have a more nuanced view of its importance.

House Republicans are broadening their once-singular focus on the healthcare law and headed into an extended summer break without delivering on their promise to advance an alternative.

(More here.)

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

Just to remind folks:
- Original 2010 CBO Projections - 19 million in reduction in uninsured by 2014 and $938 billion 10 year cost of Obamacare.
- Revised 2012 CBO Projections - 14 million in reduction in uninsured by 2014 and $1.677 trillion 10 year cost of Obamacare.
- Revised 2014 CBO Projections - 8 million in reduction in uninsured by 2014 and $1.839 trillion 10 year cost of Obamacare.

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