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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Democrats are confidently running on Obamacare for the first time in a decade. They've got a unified message blaming Republicans for "sabotaging" the health care law, leading to a cascade of sky-high insurance premiums that will come just before the November midterm elections. They're rolling out ads featuring people helped by the law. And Tuesday, they're starting a campaign to amplify each state's premium increases -- and tie those to GOP decisions. That's a big change from four election cycles of reluctance to talk about Obamacare on the stump. During those campaigns, red-state Democrats were often on the defensive, dodging accusations they imposed government-run health care on unwilling Americans, made it impossible for people to keep their doctors and health plans, and caused double-digit premium increases every year.

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Could be too little, too late:

Topher Spiro @TopherSpiro

RED ALERT: The White House and conservative groups are unveiling a new health care repeal bill this month. We obtained the summary document.

They will make a push to pass a budget resolution soon in order to ram this bill through with GOP votes. The public blowback must be massive and immediate.

This bill absolutely guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It makes junk plans permanent and includes the CRUZ AMENDMENT to waive ACA protections.

This bill repeals the Medicaid expansion and slashes ACA funding by **20-25%.** Worse, it uses some of the money to pay for tax shelters for the wealthy (HSAs).

It gets much worse. Right now 100% of ACA funding goes toward lower-income and lower middle class people. This bill takes a 20-25% smaller pie for this population and cuts it again by at least 15% -- even allowing states to slash it by up to **50%**!!!

All told, by 1) slashing the total pie and then 2) spreading that smaller pie up the income scale, cuts for lower-income and lower middle class people range from 32% to 62%. This is crippling and savage.

This bill engineers a MASSIVE redistribution of funding across all states, causing WIDESPREAD disruption. It targets blue states for massive cuts, funneling the money to red states and Alaska and Maine.

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You can read the summary document at the above link.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 12:31 PM | Reply

Yet again the GOP proves to be nothing but scum.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-16 12:35 PM | Reply

It's the "I like the ACA but not Obamacare" conundrum all over again:

Molly Hensley-Clancy @mollyhc

Phil, an Omaha voter, thinks Medicare for All sounds like a great idea. But a single-payer healthcare system run by the government? "I wouldn't want that."

The Medicare For All Debate Isn't Settled For Democrats In Many Swing Districts

When some moderate and left-leaning voters say "Medicare for All" sounds like a pretty good idea, they aren't actually thinking about single-payer health care.

www.buzzfeed.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The problem with being in power is that everything gets blamed on you. In this case, any insurance problem, premium increase, or deductible increase gets blamed on Republicans. Worse, mere perception of bad things gets blamed on you even if perception is wrong. Sorry Republicans, it's the Democrats turn to blame the world's problems on you and ironically you are the cause of quite a few legitimately.

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-16 06:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Don't know if this issue will win for the Dems but, at least, this is a legitimate issue that affects millions. I've read that middle Americans feel disrespected by Democrats in spite of the fact that the Republicans with their unnecessary and mean spirited changes to Obamacare have been consistently disrespecting those folks. They sip champagne and laugh about the hardships they are raining down on average Americans. And, as a Democrat, I do find it hard to respect those who vote Republican anyway, their stupidity is just too much to take.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-16 06:37 PM | Reply

"Republicans for "sabotaging" the health care law, leading to a cascade of sky-high insurance premiums"

Incorrect statement........premiums went sky-high during and because of Obamacare!

unbelievable

#6 | Posted by Maverick at 2018-05-16 08:40 PM | Reply

Welp, it's a good thing dementia don "killed" that awful law and insurance is finally really affordable now, right #6?

mobile.nytimes.com

FTA:

WASHINGTON -- At a rally in Michigan a little over a week ago, President Trump assured his supporters that he had kept his promise to abolish the Affordable Care Act

#7 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-05-17 04:45 AM | Reply

Beastie Boys--"Sabotage"

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-05-17 09:08 AM | Reply

"Incorrect statement........premiums went sky-high during and because of Obamacare!"

Not even close to true. There are liars and then there are God damned liars.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-17 09:38 AM | Reply

Democrats Run on GOP Health Care 'Sabotage'

The problem with this strategy is that the public knows ACA is a giant turd and that not a single Republican voted for it.

I think this is a strategy that could backfire on Democrats.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-17 11:21 AM | Reply

"The problem with this strategy is that the public knows ACA is a giant turd and that not a single Republican voted for it. "

"A new tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds the highest ever public approval rating for the Affordable Care Act since the organization began asking the question in 2010. According to the survey, 54 percent of the public view the embattled law favorably, while 42 percent hold an unfavorable view. The major shift in public approval for the ACA since Trump took office and set about chipping away at the law has mostly been driven by independents, 55 percent of whom currently approve of Obamacare."

talkingpointsmemo.com

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-17 11:49 AM | Reply

Plus Jeff, comments like yours, ignoring things you know to be true about ACA don't fool anyone. You just come off as a dishonest partisan hack day after day after day. Sad, you used to post relatively intelligently but I guess when you are stuck with the losers of the GOP you're doing the best you can with the horrible hand you've been dealt.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-17 11:51 AM | Reply

Obamacare repeal may be closer than you think

Here's why and how it could still come together.

I reported in January that a number of conservative groups, under the leadership of former Sen. Rick Santorum, was working hard to craft a new Obamacare replacement that could both pass Congress and work well in the real world. Behind the scenes, those groups (indeed, representatives from a growing number of groups) have continued to meet and tweak their plan, and they seem just a few weeks away from being able to unveil it.

www.washingtonexaminer.com

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-17 11:58 AM | Reply

dumbass strategy a zillion other things to run on and unpopular obamacare is not the best.

#14 | Posted by TwoCents at 2018-05-17 02:54 PM | Reply

"I reported in January that a number of conservative groups, under the leadership of former Sen. Rick Santorum, was working hard to craft a new Obamacare replacement that could both pass Congress and work well in the real world. "

Yes Gal, I've read your posts but the "work well in the real world" part makes me laugh. YOu know as well as I do the Republicans have no desire to ever give us healthcare that "works well in the real world."

#15 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-18 08:33 AM | Reply

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