This November will be very, very painful for Democrats. And they know it. Which is why some of the endangered Democrats are basically running against ObamaCare. Not that it’ll help.
Moreover, not all congressional Democrats are talking about the health care law in their advertising or their routine stump speeches — and even some of those hoping to explain their support are being far from laudatory. The commercial for Ms. Kirkpatrick, the Arizona Democrat, by the House Majority PAC refers to the “disastrous health care website,” as does a spot the group did for Representative Joe Garcia, Democrat of Florida.
“If Democrats are being forced to spend resources in February attacking Obamacare, then this is a very grim foreshadowing of what November will bring,” said Andrea Bozek, the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Indeed, the Republicans are hoping to use the law’s bungled initial implementation as a way to discredit their opponents on an array of issues.
“The same Democrats who promised that if you like your health plan or doctor you could keep them now claim they want to ‘fix’ Obamacare, but it’s simply not credible,” said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
“Trusting a Democrat like Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich or Kay Hagan to fix Obamacare would be like buying a bridge from George C. Parker,” he added, referring to the con man who famously “sold” the Brooklyn Bridge more than once. Senator Begich is from Alaska, and Senator Hagan from North Carolina.
The Democrats say they must try to blend criticism and optimism when talking about the law. “You have to acknowledge there were problems,” said Representative Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “You can’t sugarcoat it. If you sugarcoat it, you lose all credibility.
“But,” he quickly added, “once you acknowledge it, you have tell voters that you want to fix it and improve it — but not repeal it — and remind them specifically of how a Republican repeal will hurt them.”
Good luck with that. You’ve had more than enough chances to fix it and did nothing. Live with it.