Moving to the Right Won’t Help Obamacare Politically

By: Friday April 4, 2014 11:19 am

Remember when Democrats promised the Affordable Care Act was a “starter home?” Well some Senate Democrats think it should be the starting point for even more conservative health care policies. A groups of conservative Democrats are suggesting some “fixes” to Obamacare which include pushing for the sale of insurance across state lines and an even [...]

How the Filibuster Might Cost Democrats the Senate

By: Monday March 10, 2014 12:01 pm

There is poetic justice to the fact that some of the Senators who selfishly defend the filibuster to increase their influence over the Senate may end up losing it all as a result. The problem is several senate Democrats are running for re-election in states that lean Republican and they are on record as voting [...]

Dems Bank on the Lesser of Two Evils Strategy for Health Care

By: Monday February 17, 2014 9:42 am

The Affordable Care Act is still very unpopular and Democrats have come to accept it won’t get popular in the next several months. So to try to deal with this liability Democrats are going to focus on how Republican health care ideas are even worse than Obamacare. From Politico: Democrats know their biggest problem in [...]

Republicans’ Polling Recovers from the Government Shutdown

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 12:47 pm

I thought nothing could undo the self-inflicted political damage needlessly shutting down the government for weeks. I’m now prepared to admit I was wrong. Apparently, the other party demonstrating unimaginable incompetence by failing to implement their big signature law which they actively lied about is nearly as damaging. In the past month Democrats had turned [...]

McConnell: Obamacare Is Likely to Be the “Premiere Issue in the 2014 Election”

By: Monday July 15, 2013 11:11 am

Republicans have grown increasingly convinced that even after it is implemented the Affordable Care Act will remain a successful political weapon for them. Speaker John Boehner has scheduled a vote this week on the employer and individual mandates to try to embarrass House Democrats. On Meet the Press Senate Minority Leader called it the premiere [...]

Boehner Plans to Use Employer Mandate Delay to Attack Individual Mandate

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 11:15 am

The Republicans have already made it clear they want to make Obamacare a big issue in the 2014 election and they have found a clever way exploit President Obama’s decision to delay the employer mandate as part of this strategy. From Politico: [Speaker John] Boehner on Tuesday discussed holding a pair of side-by-side votes to [...]

Medicaid Expansion Likely to Be on the Ballot in Montana

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 11:33 am

With many Republican politicians at the state level refusing to have anything to do with Obamacare, some groups are now starting to look toward the ballot initiative process as a way to circumvent their opposition to the Medicaid expansion provision. After the Montana legislature failed to approve an expansion several groups are now planning a [...]

McConnell Calls Obamacare the Biggest Issue for 2014

By: Monday May 20, 2013 10:10 am

The GOP is convinced that the Affordable Care Act will remain a winning political issue for them. On Meet the Press Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it will be the “biggest issue” in the next congressional election. From Meet the Press: SEN. MCCONNELL: You know, I don’t know what the issues will be [...]

Republicans Go All In on Obamacare Repeal in 2014 Election

By: Friday May 17, 2013 12:34 pm

I know the statement may seem obvious but the obvious statements in politics are often the most important. This was the point of the 37th Affordable Care Act repeal vote yesterday. According to the roll call vote, every single Republican supported repeal but only two Democrats, Rep. Jim Matheson (UT) and Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC), [...]

In Defense of Republicans’ 37th Obamacare Repeal Vote

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 11:01 am

House Republicans are having their 37th vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act today. As Speaker John Boehner explained the reason for the vote is purely political. While during the previous Congress voted repeatedly on repealing Obamacare there are many newly elected Democratic and Republican members of Congress who are not officially on record. While many [...]

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