When he’s campaigning, Conor Lamb attempts to sound like a Lindsey Graham Republican. One trip to his campaign website priorities page, though, exposes him as a hardline progressive.

On the subject of health care, Lamb says “I believe that every American has a right to go see a doctor when they’re sick, and that means every American has a right to health insurance they can afford. The Affordable Care Act has flaws, but it has provided affordable coverage to more than a million Pennsylvanians who were previously uninsured. Our representatives in Congress should be working together to build on that progress, fix what isn’t working, and make the law better. Instead, Republicans in Congress spent the past year trying to take health insurance away from people with no plan to replace it. Now, costs are likely to go up for many of us, especially those with preexisting conditions. That is unacceptable, and it’s a failure of leadership.”

The ACA isn’t “flawed.” It’s a disaster that, until tax reform was passed, forced people to buy a product or pay a hefty fine if they didn’t buy health insurance. Further, Republicans didn’t spend “the past year trying to take health insurance away from people.” They gave people the option to not buy insurance if they didn’t like their options. Hopefully, sometime soon, we’ll get rid of QHPs, aka Qualified Health Plans, which is how Democrats forced people to buy insurance policies they didn’t like.

On energy, Lamb is wishy-washy at best:

In short, Lamb isn’t as hardline progressive as Bernie Sanders but he isn’t who he’s pretending to be, either.

6 Responses to “Conor Lamb’s disguise”

  • Chad Q says:

    These politicians make it sound like people flocked to Obamacare when it was rammed down their throats when in reality, people were forced to go onto Obamacare either because their employers dropped them due to costs of providing insurance or through the government mandate. Only those who are getting their health insurance for free are benefitting from this horrible law.

  • eric z says:

    Conor Lamb showed how to run in a blue collar suburban/rural district that had been deep red. The guy who was anti-abortion but resigned when it came out he knocked up his girlfriend and counseled her to have an abortion resigned, so it was an open seat with tons of GOP cash and Donald Trump Sr. and Jr. showing up to cause frenzy which failed to happen.

    Lamb is taking the Schumer Conjecture, pick up moderates in suburban districts, and is chapter/verse of saying “Build on Romneycare/Obamacare” when progressives say throw the crap out and with it the privateers profitting off sickness and death, the UnitedHealth bandits. Curb big pharma via single payer, the strongest position being cradle to grave coverage as a right and not a privilege, government financed, government run; and that has real traction you can dance around, but it’s there.

    Conor Lamb’s biggest contribution – the necessity of paper ballots, a paper trail, if/when a recount is needed. In Minnesota it got Coleman out and Franken in, because the truth comes when a recount is needed.

    Beyond that, Our Revolution is backing candidates, Pelosi and Feinstein are being primaried, and we wait to see if the grassroots preferences of the majority of citizens will be successful – universal coverage, income equity, relief of student debt impediments, a living minimum wage, strong unions, and taxing the rich nationwide and not where they can weasel state-to-state.

    We wait. We see. Craig and Erdmann in CD2 and Phifer in CD8 can be more a barometer than Conor Lamb. Not to play down that district and Roy Moore’s defeat, but there is still months, and there may be a mood among your party’s office seekers that Air Force One should stay out of the district. Perhaps not, but, just saying . . .

  • eric z says:

    Do you guys have any insight from the GOP side about the CD2 pair, Craig and Erdmann, and which Lewis might do best against? And what would Lewis need to have as a primary focus and message to make his strongest case for reelection? In effect, how would you run his campaign?

  • Gary Gross says:

    First, neither DFL candidate is that strong. Lewis should emphasize the fact that he voted for the Trump/GOP tax cuts that has the economy growing at a rate that Obama never accomplished. Further, I’d highlight the fact that we’re now energy independent, something that Democrats talked about & never accomplished. Finally, I’d highlight the fact that AC hasn’t differed from Pelosi on a single major issue. Ever.

  • eric z says:

    Pelosi is NOT for single payer. Craig is. You implicitly are discounting Erdmann. He’s my favorite, not being in CD2 but watching candidate forums on YouTube. Two further questions, unrelated: Do you see the union effect Lamb had behind him as generically strong, or unique to the district? Second, Strib this morning had Flake running a primary challenge if the idea grows legs; so, do you see any real chance of any GOP establishment challenge to Trump? I do not, but you’re more attuned to the GOP players.

    Pelosi has a progressive primary challenger, so the GOP candidates up and down the line are not the only ones running against Pelosi as a collective. Any thoughts there? Pelosi and Feinstein are both middle of the road multi-millionaire Clintonian corporatists who are taking on age and set in their ways. Ripe for progressives to be challenging. The Bern has not quelled.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Yes, Pelosi is for single payer. She just doesn’t say it in public.

    Lamb ran a great campaign but he’s a phony. I’ve heard that he might get primaried in the new district.

    Jeff Flake is full of himself. As for an establishment Republican giving Trump a serious challenge, I don’t see it happening.

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