The article “GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach” explains why we have been seeing so many attacks on Hillary Clinton and more Benghazi investigations. The GOP had decided that they would spend all of this election cycle attacking Obamacare, but they ran into the reality that more people are beginning to see how the ACA benefits their lives.
The article states “Republican candidates have begun to retreat in recent weeks from their all-out assault on the Affordable Care Act in favor of a more piecemeal approach, suggesting they would preserve some aspects of the law while jettisoning others.”
The GOP alleged that they would come up with their own health reform proposal, but they couldn’t. With a name like “Party of No” would you expect them to be able to develop legislation? Any proposal would have plenty of detractors, and the “Party of No” decided they didn’t want to alienate any segment of their base and the best way to do that they think is by proposing nothing. I don’t see a nihilistic approach to policies for the 99% could be a winning approach.
Remember the extreme approach the “Party of No” adopted when President Obama initially developed the ACA? Remember how they termed it Obamacare as a negative slap. It had to be quick and snappy to attract the attention of their red state base who only accept negative sound bites.
Now, as the article states “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running ads suggesting that many of its favored candidates will tweak Obamacare rather than scrap it.”
That approach matched that of Sen. Mitch McConnell whose Obamacare-Kynect misinformation will be used GOP politicians who don’t care about honor and truth, only trying to confuse a few willing followers.
This is articulated in the article “Mitch McConnell’s Big Obamacare-Kynect Lie” which about McConnell states “The senator’s latest election-trail mistake? Vowing to repeal Obamacare while disingenuously promising to protect his state’s own Obamacare-funded health-care exchange, which serves 413,000 Kentuckians.”
Look, these 413,000 Kentuckians know how much they appreciate receiving health care. Their relatives know about it also. Does McConnell think they can’t understand that before the ACA they didn’t have health care? He is trying to attack the reality of the ACA while lauding how it works for his citizens. That is too fine of a distinction to make even for a practiced propagandist such as McConnell.
One journalists didn’t let McConnell off easily as the article states “Kynect could not have existed without the Affordable Care Act, and it would cease to exist if the Affordable Care Act ceased to exist. There would be no people eligible for the expanded Medicaid-the large majority of those who signed up through Kynect-and there would be no exchange for people to sign up for affordable private insurance with federal subsidies. Saying that Kynect is unconnected with the ACA or its repeal is just mind-numbingly false. The ACA and Kynect are one in the same.”
In Kentucky they don’t have many moderate media sources, but the citizens understand the facts on the ground. If we can get more journalists to speak the truth about the ACA the “Party of No” is doomed.
There isn’t much time to come up with new tactics before the next election.
If they are backing off of attacking it you can be sure the ACA is an amazing achievement. McConnell is the Minority Leader of the Senate and the other “Party of No” operatives will follow his lead-if they think it is a winning strategy. Others who are attempting to follow McConnell’s lead of praising and criticizing the ACA simultaneously will be sadly disappointed.