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When Bill Hemmer interviewed Frank Luntz about the Affordable Care Act, he played this Americans for Prosperity, aka AFP, ad to lead into the discussion:
The ad features Nancy Pelosi spewing the usual Democratic Party chanting points:
PELOSI: Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act.
Then, against a black backdrop, comes this simple, effective message from AFP:
Tell Congress Obamacare isn’t working. Stand tall for patients, not politics.
President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have been exceptionally stubborn in their support of the ACA. Eventually, the people will rebel against them when they see how the ACA is limiting their choices without lowering their costs.
Hemmer asked Mr. Luntz a question that led to this exchange:
BILL HEMMER: The issue is trust. How does that play out in the ad, do you believe?
LUNTZ: That’s exactly the point, Bill. You get it, that it isn’t about the health care act that’s important. It’s about politicians refusing to take accountability when they make mistakes. Clearly, the rollout wasn’t effective. Clearly, people were being thrown off their plans. And health care is just symbolic of a greater problem, that these Washington politicians like former Speaker Pelosi are making promises to the American people that they can’t keep.
It isn’t just that people think Democrats aren’t trustworthy. It’s that they’re mad politicians don’t even listen to them.
Lots of people appear on the Sunday talk shows or on FNC or CNN. They repeat their scripted message as often as it’s warranted. That’s a major mistake. Republicans, myself included, frequently disagreed with Bill Clinton. That said, they learned that listening is a virtue. Democrats seemed to have learned the opposite lesson. Michael Barone noticed that flaw in this column:
If Obamacare’s architects were keen on preventing exit, they blithely ignored voice. The legislation was unpopular when it was proposed, while it was passed and in the months and years afterwards. Barack Obama seldom mentioned it in the 2012 campaign except for the provision allowing “children” under 26 to stay on mommy and daddy’s policies.
That’s another way of saying that Democrats shoved unpopular legislation down the American people’s throats. Then they lied about what the bill wouldn’t do.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that that’s a recipe for disaster.
This CNN/ORC polling contains some disturbing news for the Obama administration, starting with this:
November 18-20, 2013 44% applies, 56% doesn’t apply
According to the report, that’s a huge drop. In 2010 and 2011, 57-58% of people said that President Obama inspired confidence. That’s a 25% drop. The bad news doesn’t stop there:
Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn’t apply to Barack Obama.
Is honest and trustworthy
November 18-20, 2013 46% applies, 53% doesn’t apply
As recently as May, 2013, 58% said that President Obama was honest and trustworthy. That’s a 20% drop in 6 months. As a result, people aren’t giving President Obama the benefit of the doubt anymore. That’s why President Obama’s worst days still haven’t arrived. Another ‘casualty’ of President Obama’s drop on the trust issue is that it’ll hurt Democrats in the generic ballot polling.
Michael Barone notes that President Obama defeated Mitt Romney in 209 districts across America. There’s no way of knowing how many of those districts would still vote for President Obama if they got a do-over. In a recent poll, Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama by a 49-45% margin. It’s reasonable to think that some of those 209 congressional districts would flip in a do-over race.
The effects of this polling is spilling over into other things:
Democratic leaders claim the bungled launch of Obamacare is just the latest news sensation, a media-stirred tempest that looks in the heat of the moment like it could upend the midterm election, but ends up fizzling well before voters head to the polls.
Some party strategists say they’re in denial.
And that perceived gap between party spin and facts on the ground is fueling worries that the White House and Democratic higher-ups aren’t taking the possible electoral blowback seriously enough or doing enough to shield their candidates. Democratic contenders in the toughest races are distinctly less convinced that Obamacare will fade as an election-year issue and they can’t afford to just cross their fingers that things get ironed out or that Republicans revert to political hara-kiri.
Democratic strategists don’t need to worry about the party doing more to help Democrats. They’re inextricably tied to the Affordable Care Act. The American people won’t distinguish between Democrats who didn’t defend the Affordable Care Act and Democrats who stuck to the party line. They won’t make that fine of a distinction.
It’s too early to predict a wave election. It isn’t too early to notice that the electorate is mad as hell. That isn’t good news for President Obama.
God bless George Will for his insightfulness and brevity. Mr. Will nailed it again yesterday with this summarization:
Here’s what Mr. Will accurately stated:
MR. WILL: Tip O’Neill once famously stated that “all politics are local.” In 2014, no politics will be local. This has already nationalized the 2014 elections, which will be about the chaos Nina described.
While Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz insist that they’ll “run on Obamacare and win”, the rank-and-file Democrats are running away from the Affordable Care Act faster than their feet will take them.
That wasn’t Mr. Will’s only witticism. This video is an instant classic, too:
Democrats will undoubtedly attempt to avoid talking about the Affordable Care Act during the campaign. Without a doubt, they’ll attempt to change subjects. They’ll attempt to say that things are fantastic at a time when new cancellations and higher insurance premiums will be getting people’s attention.
It’s premature to talk about a possible wave election but discontent with Democrats is building. That doesn’t guarantee a landslide victory for Republicans but it’s predicting that Democrats won’t retake the House. It’s indicating that it’s quite possible for Democrats to lose their Senate majority, too.
It isn’t far-fetched to think that Democrats will attempt to talk about everything other than the Affordable Care Act disaster. This election won’t be determined by what Democrats want to talk about or what they want to avoid discussing. The 2014 elections will be determined by people insisting on talking about the Affordable Care Act.
People want to vent about this disaster. There’s an old axiom that says “When the people want something badly enough and scream loudly enough for a long time, the leaders will follow.” The Democrat leadership insists that everything’s fine, that Democrats will win by talking about the Affordable Care Act.
The Democrat leadership team is either stupid beyond belief or they’re lying through their teeth. Though it’s difficult to tell at times, I don’t think they’re stupid.
Friday night on Special Report, Bret Baier closed the first segment of the Roundtable with an email from “Bill in Kentucky,” who offered a worthwhile perspective. Here’s the text of Bill in Kentucky’s email:
BRET BAIER: I just want to end with this email from Bill in Kentucky who emailed today.
BILL IN KENTUCKY: Putting things into perspective: March 21st, 2010 to October 1, 2013 is 3 years, 6 months and 10 days. December 7th, 1941 to May 8th, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months and 1 day.
What that means is that, in the time that we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered, is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage. Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. turn the tide in north Africa, invading Italy, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, race to Berlin, all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific! And in that amount of time, this administration can’t build a working webpage.
That’s right. It’s taken this administration more time to get HealthCare.gov running than it took the Greatest Generation to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Based on early reports, it might take another 6 months to get HealthCare.gov functioning properly.
If that’s true, that means it took less time to win World War II and Operation Desert Storm. Combined.
More important than the historical perspective, though, is that this administration thought that it was skilled enough to pull this off. Clearly, they’re imcompetent, far too incompetent to run an operation this complex. Incompetence mixed with hubris is an awful mix.
Rahm Emanuel was President Obama’s first Chief of Staff. It’s important to remember that his motto was that they shouldn’t let a good crisis go to waste. That’s the attitude this administration operated from while Rahm was Chief of Staff. Congress operated from that perspective, too.
I’m betting that many of the people who’ve gotten their insurance policies terminated would like to tell Emanuel and Ms. Pelosi that their work product stinks. I don’t think Pelosi and Emanuel would mind, though, because they passed the thing that Democrats have wanted to pass for almost a century.
Their concern for the American people is virtually nonexistent. Satisfying their ideological allies is what’s important for Obama, Emanuel and Pelosi.
Bill in Kentucky’s perspective was badly needed because it highlighted this administration’s incompetence, their disdain for the American people and their rigid ideological bent.
The loudest message coming from this LA Times article is that the Affordable Care Act isn’t living up to President Obama’s promises. Here’s proof that the Affordable Care Act isn’t making health insurance affordable:
Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.
Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don’t qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.
“It doesn’t seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else,” said Harris, who is three months pregnant. “This increase is simply not affordable.”
That’s just one example. Here’s another:
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.
“She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,’” Kehaly said.
Sticker shock is setting in. The middle class, whom Democrats nationwide say they’re trying to build their economy around, are getting hit with massive health insurance price increases. The term middle class squeeze certainly fits this situation. It’s statements like this that infuriate people:
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said the state and insurers agreed that clearing the decks by Jan. 1 was best for consumers in the long run despite the initial disruption. Lee has heard the complaints — even from his sister-in-law, who recently groused about her 50% rate increase.
“People could have kept their cheaper, bad coverage, and those people wouldn’t have been part of the common risk pool,” Lee said. “We are better off all being in this together. We are transforming the individual market and making it better.”
Mr. Lee sounds like a Democrat shill. (I’d say he sounds like Juan Williams or Mark Hannah but that’d be harsh.) How dare he say that they’re booting people off of their “cheaper, bad coverage.” Ultimately, that should be their choice. Further, Lee’s company sold these people’s “bad coverage.”
Is Lee now admitting that they sold crappy policies?
Despite Lee’s statement, the reality is that lots of people liked their policies. They didn’t think of their policies as crappy. Their opinion should be the only opinion that matters. Instead, President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and their faithful shills in the insurance industry and throughout the Agenda Media think that government’s opinion is the opinion that matters most.
How dare they think like that. If the Founding Fathers would be alive today, they’d be spoiling for another revolution. This administration’s actions are the actions of tyrants. On July 4, 1776, brave men issued a statement to the rest of the world. Its title is the Declaration of Independence. It wasn’t titled the Declaration of Government Telling Us What’s Best.
Thanks to the Anything But Affordable Care Act, aka the ABACA, people who had done the right thing by buying health insurance on the individual market have had the government tell them that they’ve made a bad decision. Based on what we’ve seen from this administration, there’s no reason to think that their opinion is valuable.
Supporters of the healthcare law say Obama was referring to people who are insured through their employers or through government programs such as Medicare. Still, they acknowledge the confusion and anger from individual policyholders who are being forced to change.
Cavallaro received her cancellation notice from Anthem Blue Cross this month. The company said a comparable Bronze plan would cost her 65% more, or $484 a month. She doubts she’ll qualify for much in premium subsidies, if any. Regardless, she resents losing the ability to pick and choose the benefits she wants to pay for. “I just won’t have health insurance because I can’t pay this increase,” she said.
According to Cavallaro, the Affordable Care Act isn’t the right title for the legislation. How many Deborah Cavallaros are there out there? How many people are furious that the government told them that people, not politicians, shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions that affect their lives?
Ultimately, that’s the question that’ll change the terms of the debate. Should government, not families, determine what’s best for their families? I think not. Emphatically.
Technorati: Californians, Insurance Cancellations, Premium Increases, Health Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross, Covered California, Affordable Care Act, Individual Mandate, President Obama, Broken Promises, Democrats
Most Almanac Roundtable panelists think that conservatives are lunatics who couldn’t do anything right if their life depended on it. Friday night’s panelists were Larry Jacobs and Kathryn Pearson from the U of M, David Schultz from Hamline and Steve Schier from Carlton College. Predictably, the subject was identifying the political winners and losers from the government shutdown. Most of the conversation was about bashing conservatives, especially TEA Party activists. Just when all hope for an informative conversation seemed lost, Larry Jacobs provided this insight:
You know, it’s very interesting. We tend to be very short-term oriented. November, 2014 is the date that’s really going to really make a difference. That’s a long way off. When you look back at the 1995 shutdown, there was a big focus on ‘Did Clinton get a boomerang in his favor in the 96 election’? Research doesn’t really show that and, when you look at this more carefully, I think the news for the Democrats is not so rosy. There could definitely be some Republicans looking at the data thinking that ‘we’re gonna bide our time here. The main thing that I see happening on the Democratic side is President Obama’s approval rating sliding down. There’s been a little bit of an uptick but the general trend has been downward. The bigger point is that 71% of Americans are now saying that the economy is worse off. That’s going to further drive down the president’s approval rating. And we know, probably, that the drop in consumer confidence and other factors will further drive down. All of that will likely create a drag on Democratic candidates going into 2014.
When Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi, the administration knew they’d be protected by their media allies. That meant they could stonewall investigators until after the election. That isn’t the case here. There’s tons of time for reality to set in. People are already noticing the expensive insurance premiums, the unreliable health insurance exchange website and the high deductibles.
There’s no question that President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, Jay Carney and allies like Nancy Pelosi will attempt to hide the fact that the Affordable Care Act isn’t working and isn’t workable. It’s junk. This administration’s spin won’t work. Eventually, reality catches up with the spin. Jay Carney’s and Kathleen Sebelius’s insistance that things are working or that they’re working around the clock to fix things won’t mean much when the conversation at water coolers across the nation is that HealthCare.gov isn’t workiing.
As people find out that the flaws in HealthCare.gov’s aren’t glitches, people will take it out on Democrats since they’re the only ones that voted for the Affordable Care Act. When people find out that the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges aren’t working because the software is deeply flawed, they’ll have reason to think that the Party of Big Government is inept. Once that sinks in, Democrats will have a difficult fight on their hands.
Schultz, Schier and Pearson can think Republicans are big losers and that Democrats will retake the House because of that but that isn’t reality. The reality is that Republicans can point to some votes that Democrats cast against extremely popular things. That’s especially true in the Senate, where Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, Mark Begich and Mark Pryor voted against delaying the individual mandate, against repealing the medical device tax while voting for giving politicians a subsidy for health insurance that isn’t available to other people making the same salary.
People don’t like politicians who expect special treatment while shafting working people. Democrats should expect a particularly bumpy road through next November.
Technorati: Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Jay Carney, President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, Health Insurance Exchanges, Affordable Care Act, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, Mark Begich, Democrats, Election 2014
The St. Cloud Times publishes Dr. David Shuster’s column the first Sunday of each month. Dr. Shuster’s column is reliably a huge compilation of propaganda, aka BS. This month’s column certainly didn’t disappoint:
The Republican-controlled U.S. House unsuccessfully attempted to either repeal or emasculate the federal Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” at least 40 times since it became law in 2010.
With insurance exchanges, a core provision of the ACA, initiated this month, conservative legislators redoubled efforts to damage the act by linking their attack to a government spending bill, resulting in a partial shutdown of the federal government.
The Affordable Care Act damaged itself. It’s indisputable that the health insurance exchanges are deeply flawed. Systems have been crashed more than they’ve been up. I spoke with an IT professional yesterday who said that the problem is deeper than beefing up server farms.
Security of personal information (think social security numbers) is virtually nonexistent. At best, it’s inconsistent. The federal portal’s security was the subject of many headlines as being unntrustworthy.
That’s before talking about the outrageous prices through the exchanges:
“There is NO WAY I can afford it,” said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. “Heck right now I couldn’t afford an extra 10$ [sic] a month…and oh apparently I make to [sic] much at 8.55/hour to get subsidies.”
Another person shared a link found on the federal government’s main Obamacare page listing premium estimates for small business employers:
The information is not very complete as I don’t see anything about deductible or other detailed info, but it does given an actual price as to the “Premium.” It is VERY SCARY!! For example, my insurance plan right now for my spouse and I costs $545 a month with 100% coverage after my $2500 deductible. We are both 32 years old. When I looked at this site for 80% coverage it says it will be $954.78 a month!!!! So compare my old Plan: 100% coverage for $545 a month To New Plan: 80% Coverage for $945 a month. This is only only an estimate but it is VERY Scary for me to see this kind of increase in rates and reduction in benefits!
A single mother of two said she is in school and working full-time while living “75% below the poverty level.” She said she was shocked to learn she did not qualify for a healthcare subsidy. “Are you F’ing kidding me????” she wrote on the government’s Obamacare Facebook page. “Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this ‘bronze’ health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening,” she wrote.
The inescapable truth is that the Affordable Care Act is a disaster. It doesn’t need a few tweaks here or there. It needs a major reworking, starting with eliminating the individual and employer mandates and repealing all 21 taxes originated or increased in the Affordable Care Act.
Opponents of the ACA have a catalog of oft-repeated criticisms. These include claims the law will encourage societal dependency on government, stifle innovation with a medical device tax, wipe out employer-sponsored health insurance, compromise businesses and destroy jobs as a result of burdensome regulation, ration medical care at the bidding of “death panels,” and tread on personal liberty by mandating that most Americans purchase health insurance.
This list is a witches brew of conjecture, hyperbole, insanity and falsehoods. What is true is that the mere size of the bill, spanning thousands of pages, renders it incomprehensible to many. Such mystery fosters unease in supporters, mistrust in skeptics.
Let’s go through Dr. Shuster’s list. First, the medical device tax steals money from companies. In turn, that limits the amount of money available for R & D. Next, we’re already seeing major corporations dumping their employer-sponsored health insurance policies. This isn’t speculation. It’s irrefutable fact. Third, it’s irrefutable that employers are cutting employees’ hours to limit or eliminate the damage inflicted through the fines imposed by the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. Fourth, there’s no question that the Affordable Care Act limits Americans’ liberty. Government telling people they must buy something against their will is limiting a person’s liberty.
This isn’t conjecture, hyperbole or insanity. They’re irrefutable. Saying that these claims are conjecture, hyperbole or insanity doesn’t make the claim accurate. This statement, however, is insanity:
Obamacare is a legislative behemoth because it caters to capitalism rather than shackling it.
To quote Andy Aplikowski, who said (I’m paraphrasing here) that free markets don’t rely on the IRS to create markets via force. Saying that the Affordable Care Act “caters to capitalism” is total nonsense. If anything, it’s hybrid capitalism, which isn’t capitalism at all. Free market capitalism creates itself through people recognizing people’s needs, then voluntarily making that product available.
The Affordable Care Act created products against the will of the people, then ordered people (notice, it didn’t suggest to the people) to buy the product that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Max Baucus and other Democrats created and that President Obama signed into law. Simply put, ‘capitalism’ at the point of a gun isn’t free market capitalism.
Dr. Shuster’s monthly column is accurate by his standards, which is to say that it’s filled with BS. By that standard, it’s a joke.
Technorati: Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandate, Individual Mandate, Medical Device Tax, Health Insurance Exchanges, Identity Theft, Nancy Pelosi, Max Baucus, Harry Reid, President Obama, Health Insurance Premiums, Democrats
This article shows how biased the media is in reporting the shutdown:
NPR’s Mara Liasson explained the situation on Morning Edition: Republicans say they’ll only fund the government if they can kill or delay the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats “aren’t in the mood to rescue the Republicans from the box they’ve got themselves in.”
Liasson isn’t stupid but that’s some of the most foolish-sounding reporting I’ve ever heard. Republicans aren’t in a box, at least one where they need to be rescued from.
On the other hand, Democrats keep digging deeper and deeper holes for themselves. Any time that Harry Reid is telling reporters that he isn’t interested in funding the NIH so that children with cancer could get cured isn’t a good day for the Democrats. Each time President Obama plays the role of spoiled brat who won’t negotiate with Republicans, Republicans have a good day.
Then there’s the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Each day, people get frustrated with the websites. They encounter long delays or, worse, crashed websites. While President Obama insists that the House pass a clean continuing resolution, the reality that the exchanges aren’t ready for primetime sets in more and more.
Obama also said that he would not negotiate with Republicans over a budget until they reopen the government and agree to raise the debt ceiling.
He said he would not negotiate now because he was not going to allow a faction from one party to “extort concessions.”
Mr. President, what you call extorting concessions is frequently considered routine negotiations. Further, Republicans are simply asking that Democrats agree to a year delay while the Obama administration gets the exchanges functioning properly. That isn’t an unreasonable demand. In fact, it’s the only legitimate option.
If Ms. Liasson paid attention to what’s happening, she’d notice that President Obama and Sen. Reid are creating a PR nightmare.
Yesterday, Harry Reid responded to a question from CNN’s Dana Bash, who asked why they wouldn’t fund the NIH. Sen. Reid’s response was “Why would we do that?”
In Tuesday, President Obama ordered the World War II Memorial barricaded. The goal was to prevent World War II vets being flown in by Honor Flight from visiting the memorial built in their honor by private funds. Members of Congress ignored the order and helped the veterans visit their memorial.
Again, that’s a PR nightmare for this administration.
Returning to Ms. Liasson’s quote, I’d argue that it’s President Obama and Sen. Reid who need rescuing from their pettiness and their acting like spoiled brats. She’d know that if she paid attention to President Obama and Sen. Reid. They’re acting like petulant little spoiled brats.
Finally, Ms. Liasson should read Legal Insurrection’s post. It highlights the Democrats’ incendiary rhetoric:
1. “Unhinged” Arsonists (Wasserman-Schultz)
2. Insane People Who “Have Lost their Minds” (Harry Reid)
3. “People with a Bomb Strapped to their Chest” (aka Terrorists)(Dan Pfeiffer)
4. Blatant Extortionists (Jay Carney)
5. “Legislative Arsonists” (Nancy Pelosi)
It’s likely that Ms. Liasson’s job description includes frequently kissing up to President Obama and his allies in the House and Senate but is it too much to ask her to talk about the Democrats’ petulant behavior?
Wednesday afternoon, President Obama met with leaders from the House and Senate. With the potential to reach a deal hanging over the table, President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi took the hardline position that they’ll only accept a clean continuing resolution, aka CR. After the meeting, Speaker John Boehner made a brief statement:
Here’s what he said:
SPEAKER BOEHNER: You know, in times like this, the American people expect their leaders to come together to find ways to resolve their differences. The President reiterated one more time tonight that he will not negotiate. We’ve got divided government. Democrats control the White House and the Senate. Republicans control the House. We’ve sent 4 different proposals to our friends in the Senate. They rejected all of them. We’ve asked to go to conference to try to sit down and resolve our differences. They will not negotiate. We had a nice conversation, a light conversation, but, at some point, we’ve got to allow the process that our founders gave us to work out. We’ve appointed conferees on the House side to sit down with our Senate colleagues. It’s time for them to appoint conferees. Now all we’re asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare. I would hope that the President and my Democratic colleagues in the Senate would listen to the American people and sit down and have a serious discussion to resolve these differences.
President Obama and Sen. Reid have acted like spoiled brats throughout these ‘negotiations’, if you can call them that. Their behavior is best summed up with this sentence: They want what they want when they want it. They aren’t interested in treating all Americans the same way. The Senate has voted to keep their special exemption from the Affordable Care act while subjecting American families to the Affordable Care Act.
What President Obama and Sen. Reid essentially are saying is that they’re entitled to be treated like royalty. With families struggling, it’s difficult seeing the American people agreeing that Washington’s disfunctional elites deserve special treatment.
Sen. Reid’s meanspiritedness was displayed Wednesday when he was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash why he wouldn’t fund the National Institutes of Health to help save children with cancer. Here’s what he said:
BASH: But if you could help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?
SEN. REID: Listen, why would we want to do that?
Sen. Reid’s reply will make tons of ads for Republican Senate candidates. If they’re smart, they’ll say something like this: When House Republicans tried funding health care for children with cancer, [Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, etc.] sided with Sen. Reid to deprive these children of the treatments they need.
It’s time for President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi to stop acting like spoiled brats and pawns of DC’s special interests. It’s time for them to act like leaders. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’re interested in that.
Lately, Harry Reid has thrown one temper tantrum after another. This morning, he threw another childish, mean-spirited hissy fit:
“Republicans have had a very bad week. On the same day that Democrats in Congress delivered quality, affordable health insurance to tens of millions more Americans, Republicans in Congress delivered the nation a government shutdown.”
“It’s time for Republicans to stop throwing one crazy idea after another at the wall in the hopes something will stick. There has been a sensible plan to reopen the government right in front of House Republicans all along: the clean, six-week continuing resolution passed by the Senate last week.”
“Once [Republicans] reopen the government, Senate Democrats will gladly appoint conferees and work out our long-term budget priorities with the House of Representatives.”
Harry’s taken too many punches. He’s punch drunk. When he, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Boehner and Sen. McConnell meet with President Obama tonight, I’m confident that he’ll have to eat a plate full of crow. I’m confident that President Obama understands that he’s losing momentum because he and Sen. Reid have overplayed (and misplayed) their hand by being totally intransigent.
If President Obama and congressional Democrats don’t agree to give up their premium support, support that isn’t available to others in the same income bracket, they’ll be blamed for not working to solve the problem. The American people might agree with Democrats that the government shouldn’t be shut down but that doesn’t mean they can refuse to negotiate with Republicans. Americans, above all else, insist that people work together and play fair.
Right now, the American people are questioning whether Democrats are playing fair.
The other thing that’s happening, in my opinion, is that reality is overtaking Sen. Reid’s and President Obama’s spin. Last week, President Obama said in a speech that Republicans want to kill the Affordable Care Act because they don’t want people to sign up for the exchanges and like it. Thanks to this week’s disastrous roll-out of the exchanges, Republicans can point to that and say ‘We told you so. That’s why we want it delayed a year.’
Night after night, day after day, Republicans announce their latest offer to fund the government. At first, the Democrats’ spin message won the day. Bit by bit, the Republicans started winning that fight, thanks in large part to their showing the American people that they’re trying to resolve this dispute.
It might take time but reality will overtake spin every time. It’s just a matter of when, not if.
Harry Reid’s calling the Republicans’ proposals crazy might fool a handful of people for a little while but that won’t last long. Night after night, Speaker Boehner or Rep. McCarthy have stepped to the microphone to tell the press what the latest bill contained.
Ed Morrissey has more on tonight’s meeting:
The executive branch’s handling of the shutdown has been a disaster, as has been the rollout of the ObamaCare exchanges. They need to win a messaging cycle badly now, and one way of doing that is to broker a fix on funding the government — perhaps even with a concession on Congressional exemptions to ObamaCare, if not an agreement on a repeal of the highly-unpopular medical device tax.
Reid’s spin that Republicans were having a difficult week simply isn’t credible. Ed’s observations indicate that. Democrats got too full of themselves early on. They thought they could just run roughshod over House Republicans. This week, it’s apparent that they thought wrong.