Democrats Bail on Obamacare

 

ObamaCare-chartThe news gets worse and worse for President Obama. Assuming that his lickspittle acolytes in the press do what they usually do — muffle the litany of lies and incompetence and bad judgment that went into the disasters of Benghazi and Bergdahl; spin economic and unemployment indicators; bow meekly as the dog collar is tightened and the choke-chain yanked — that still leaves the President with the problem of ObamaCare.  

Most people still don’t like it. And by “most people” I mean Democrats. From the WaPo:

Obamacare is a boon to Republicans in the 2014 election; this much is clear. The issue is galvanizing conservative voters like none other right now, and that’s important.

But the real reason it’s benefiting Republicans? Because there is basically no equal-but-opposite force — i.e. it’s motivating almost nobody on the Democratic side.

There’s an interesting and depressing (to Obama) graphic there, showing the drooping enthusiasm for Obamacare by Democrats. It’s now barely above the halfway mark. Which is a lot worse, politically, than any of his recent troubles because people don’t go out to vote if they’re iffy or unmotivated. Especially for this president. More:

The last WaPo-ABC poll showed…19 percent of opponents of the Affordable Care Act said it was one of the most important issues, while 11 percent of supporters said the same.

A big reason there are so few people rallying around the law is that, even among those who support it, they don’t necessarily think it’s helping or is going to help.

While support for Obamacare has generally been in the low 40s, only about half of supporters think it will actually be a net-positive over the long haul and make things better in the U.S. health-care system for their families’ health-care situations.

Here’s the crux:

In other words, opponents of the law are more numerous, more passionate and more dreadful of things to come. Supporters are fewer, less passionate and not terribly convinced that the program they support will even bear fruit.

In politics, voting against something is always a stronger motivating force than voting for something. That’s definitely the case when it comes to Obamacare.

And until/unless Democrats get fired up about Obamacare, they’re probably in trouble in the 2014 election.

I think this is essentially correct. And I think it’s why — despite the red-fogged fury of the Bergdahl mess — we need to keep reminding people that this president isn’t just incompetent. He isn’t just dishonest. He isn’t just a disaster for this time. He’s a disaster for the future. And his party needs to be punished.

2014 needs to be a national referendum on the Democrats and ObamaCare. That’s a winning message. Even with Democrats.

 

 

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  1. Yeah...ok. Inactive
    Yeah...ok.
    @Yeahok

    Nice post. Still no excuse for bailing on Cruz.

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  2. Mike H Coolidge
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    @MikeH

    Rob, no need to change on my account, but the term “lickspittle” makes me cringe.

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  3. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    To paraphrase Reverend Wright:  “Obama’s chickens have come home to roost.”

    And they’re roosting in the campaigns of Democrats nationwide . . .

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  4. user_90635 Member
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    @BryanVanBlaricom

    Mike H:

    Rob, no need to change on my account, but the term “lickspittle” makes me cringe.

     Hey, when a term is accurate that’s a good time to use it, and today’s MSM is an entity for which the term “lickspittle” was invented.

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  5. WI Con Member
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    @WICon

    “I think this is essentially correct. And I think it’s why — despite the red-fogged fury of the Bergdahl mess — we need to keep reminding people that this president isn’t just incompetent. He isn’t just dishonest. He isn’t just a disaster for this time. He’s a disaster for the future. And his party needs to be punished.

    2014 needs to be a national referendum on the Democrats and ObamaCare. That’s a winning message. Even with Democrats.”

    Bingo – that’s what should have been done in 2012. Romney and the 3-D Chess Playing Consultants were too timid. These people are criminals-its past time to start treating them that way.

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  6. tigerlily Member
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    @tigerlily

    Sure Rob, Obamacare is a huge issue and will continue to be until it is repealed or becomes a dead letter. But Obama lies about everything including this most recent calumny regarding the three or four changing reasons given for the Bergdahl swap. It’s the same story for every one of these scandals.

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  7. user_1065645 Podcaster
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    @DaveSussman

    Good article Rob, I would state that both scandal fatigue AND Obamacare will be a major problem for Dems.
    The politically manipulated delay of the Employer mandate will allow most low info voters to not be significantly impacted by the law until the next election cycle (assuming the President doesn’t delay until after 2016.)

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  8. Last Outpost on the Right Inactive
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    @LastOutpostontheRight

    Obamacare is an issue now, but will it be in the fall? If there is yet another delay in enforcing the coverage requirements on employer-sponsored plans, the energy around the issue has a high probability of falling.
    It isn’t enough to run against Obamacare. Republicans must put forth affirmative, pro-growth, and anti-crony-capitalism message.

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  9. virgil15marlow@yahoo.com Member
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    @Manny

    Not a surprise to me.  Obamacare helps a tiny few and hurts the many.  That’s the bottom line.  And the hurt has become palpable.  All I  say is that if the Republicans botch this Nov election they ought to all have their heads physically removed.  They would have no right to be politicians.

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  10. Funeral Guy Inactive
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    @FuneralGuy

    One motivator that no one is talking about is we know we’re not going to get the chance to impeach this incompetent fool, so voting out of revenge against his party is the next best thing.  I would love to see many commercials featuring Nancy Pelosi with that big stupid gavel and that horrific rictus grin as she and her cohorts march triumphantly across the lawn to destroy our health care system.

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  11. Rudolf Halbensinn Inactive
    Rudolf Halbensinn
    @RudolfHalbensinn

    All you guys are right.  So how do we answer the Dems’ responses?

    I hear their responses already here Sozial-Europe.  They will look down on us, aghast and gasp passionately “Do you want the poor people to go without healthcare?”  

    When I answer with expressions like ‘freedom of choice’,  they always wring their hands and implore me “but it only works if everybody takes part. The poor people. The poor people!!”

    What will be the Dems’ arguments and what do we with counter them with?

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  12. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Rudolf Halbensinn: I hear their responses already here Sozial-Europe. They will look down on us, aghast and gasp passionately “Do you want the poor people to go without healthcare?”

     The poor have not gone without health care – they have gone without health insurance.  Free clinics, along with the emergency room mandate to serve everyone, have given the poor health care.  What we want to do is clear the ERs for real emergencies, and expand free clinics to serve the routine and preventative medical needs of the poor.  This could have been done at a significantly lower cost than Obamacare.  But then again, serving the poor was not the real reason for Obamacare in the first place – it was to enslave everyone into depending on the government for our health care needs.

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  13. Rudolf Halbensinn Inactive
    Rudolf Halbensinn
    @RudolfHalbensinn

    Thanks for the answer Stad, but I need something more concise.

    A funny thing happened once.  My father-in-law, a man in his 80’s, had some sudden pain and because it was the weekend and all the doctors’ offices were closed he went to the ER and waited two hours for help.

    If it had been during the week then he could have gone to a doctor’s office and waited two hours there.  That’s how it works here.

    Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

    So Stad, give me a quick two sentence answer I can give to the people in Sozial-Europe.

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