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AUTUMN OF DISCONTENT: Democrats “Run Away” From ObamaCare, Americans Run For Cover


Sep 7, 2010

Washington
- In the latest sign of discontent within Democratic ranks, Washington Democrats are denying paternity of ObamaCare, even “making health care reform an election year issue — by running against it,” according to a report in POLITICO.  The story continued, noting that:
At least five of the 34 House Democrats who voted against their party’s health care reform bill are highlighting their ‘no’ votes in ads back home.  By contrast, party officials in Washington can’t identify a single House member who’s running an ad boasting of a ‘yes’ vote — despite the fact that 219 House Democrats voted in favor of final passage in March.  One Democratic strategist said it would be ‘political malfeasance’ to run such an ad now....

It’s a far cry from where Democrats hoped they would be when they passed the landmark legislation in March.  Many senior Democrats said last winter that the law’s popularity would increase as Americans were able to better understand the complex law and take advantage of its benefits.

But an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey out today found that only 24 percent of Americans believe that ObamaCare “has made things better,” while a recent CNN/Opinion Research survey found that 56 percent of Americans oppose ObamaCare and 56 percent oppose the unaffordable and unconstitutional ‘individual mandate’ at the heart of the new law, while support for repeal of ObamaCare remains strong, according to Rasmussen Reports.

A story in today’s Seattle Times illustrates why the American people remain squarely against the job-killing government takeover of health care that the Democrats’ jammed down the throats of the American people earlier this year:
Whopping rate increases are coming soon for many people with individual health-insurance policies....Regence BlueShield's rate increase — an average 16.5 percent — was one of the highest. It was topped by Asuris Northwest Health, a Regence subsidiary, with an increase of 23.7 percent.  Group Health Cooperative, the fifth-largest insurer of individuals, was considerably lower, with an 8.2 percent increase. But its newer program, Group Health Options, asked for a 22 percent increase.

Yet out-of-touch Washington Democrats continue to insist that ObamaCare will reduce costs and make health care more “affordable,” as Speaker Pelosi reiterated last week.  Just yesterday, President Obama said that “we passed health insurance reform to make coverage affordable.”  But between reports from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Seattle Times indicating that health care costs will skyrocket under ObamaCare, the Democrats’ claims that their government takeover of health care will make health insurance more affordable doesn’t pass the straight-faced test.

In fact, House Republicans proposed the only health care reform plan that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said would actually lower health care premiums by up to 10 percent and reduce the deficit by $68 billion over 10 years without imposing tax increases on families and small businesses.  But instead of working with Republicans, out-of-touch Washington Democrats jammed their government takeover of health care through Congress, thumbing their noses at the American people who were – and remain – vehemently opposed to ObamaCare.  

Democrats may run, buy they can’t hide from their support of ObamaCare.   

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