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October 15, 2010

ANOTHER DEM BUCKS THE TREND ON HEALTH CARE POLITICS.... Following up on an item from yesterday, it's actually pretty encouraging to see the recent shift in strategy for many congressional Democrats who aren't afraid of health care reform. All of a sudden, we're seeing a number of congressional Democrats run on, instead of away from, the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

The latest example is Rep. Allyson Schwartz's (D-Pa.) new ad, unveiled this week, touting her work on protecting children with pre-existing conditions from insurance discrimination -- a key and popular provision in the Affordable Care Act.

And while this is a good ad with merit, the larger significance is the fact that a growing number of Dems have decided to stop hiding from one of their landmark achievements.

Just in the last few weeks, we've seen ads with a pro-ACA message from Sens. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and among House incumbents, Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.), Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), and Dina Titus (D-Nev.).

What's more, Brian Beutler noted this week that some candidates, including Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.), have touted at least parts of the Affordable Care Act during debate performances, and Reps. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) and John Garamendi (D-Calif.) have published op-eds in their districts defending the law.

The conventional wisdom -- the law is unpopular, so Dems don't want to talk about it -- certainly isn't true everywhere.

Steve Benen 10:05 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (6)

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Interesting that Feingold has such an ad. I thought he voted against it.

Posted by: JackD on October 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

Good to hear. Of course, this comes after six months when the Dems dug themselves into a huge hole by not constantly touting it as a major accomplishment. But better late than never I guess.

Posted by: Basilisc on October 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK

If memory serves, health care reform *was* a big, important issue for many voters in the 2008 general election, so it beats me why it has become such a problem for said voters. I still can't figure out how the movie 'Sicko' could have struck such a chord in the populace, yet within a few short months of the 2008 general election the Republicans and Tea Baggers managed to convince people they really weren't desperately unsatisfied with this country's health care system. Can anyone explain this turn about to me? Other than many people in this country really don't know what the hell they want?

Posted by: Varecia on October 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

Dan Malloy is running for governor in CT.

Posted by: Joe Scordato on October 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

Liberals in the party have been screaming that ACA was not a good bill; rather it was a handout to insurance and pharmaceutical companies. And the optics all support that view.

As Varecia said, Democrats were elected to solve this problem. One of two things MUST be true: (1) Democrats solved the problem and the bill should be a political asset or (2) Democrats DIDN'T solve the problem and the bill is a political liability.

Here's the problem that I have. What bill would Third-Way Democrats be enthusiastic about defending? Yes, liberals compromised. They wanted a bunch of stuff that they didn't get. But refresh my recollection. What did Third Way Democrats compromise on? THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED in this bill. If Third-Way Democrats got what they wanted in the legislation and aren't screaming from the rooftops about how wonderful it is then the only explanation is that they never believed that what they wanted was in the best interest of the public anyway.

Posted by: square1 on October 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

I'm very proud to say that Rep. Schwartz is a member of my synagogue, and that I've met + talked w/her several times. As a matter of fact, her son is getting married soon. A year or so back, she, Rep. Pat Murphy, + Arlen Specter came to speak to us. I was tickled when Rep. Murphy commented that he'd heard of me (by my real name, not 'Zorro') in Congress, through some political work I do.

Highly cool,

Posted by: Zorro on October 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK



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