No issue so dominated the 111th Congress as an issue long on the Democratic wish-list: health care “reform” that would overhaul our health care system in order to cover all Americans. And despite the (current) majority party’s eagerness to pass this legislation, the more our elected officials debated the issue the less the American people liked it.
But, do not fret, Democrats (and their supporters on the blogs) assured us, once the bill passes and to borrow an expression from Speaker Pelosi, people “find out what’s in it,” they’ll come ’round. In the Washington Post last week, Jim Kessler, echoing many of this blog’s critics, contended that “as pieces of the health-care bill are implemented, voters’ views on the legislation may be softening.”
When I first wrote about Kessler’s piece, I pointed out what Politico’s Jim Vandehei had noticed, ”Not a single Democrat has run an ad in support of the health care bill since April“.
In the Wall Street Journal, Kimberley A. Strassel shows that some Democrats are even running against the president’s signature legislative accomplishment:
Health care? A total of 279 House and Senate Democrats voted for ObamaCare. Not one is running an ad touting that vote. How can they, given headlines about Medicare cuts and premium hikes? You will, however, find a growing catalogue of ads such as this one from Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil: “As a career prosecutor, I made decisions on facts, not politics,” and that’s why “I voted against . . . the health-care bill.”
Not to be outdone, Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright’s ad explains he voted against “massive government health care.” South Dakota’s Stephanie Herseth Sandlin boasts she voted against the “trillion-dollar health-care plan.” But the prize goes to former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, vying to get his old job back: Not only is ObamaCare “financially devastating,” it is “the greatest failure, modern failure, of political leadership in my lifetime.”
Michael Barone finds the same thing, writing that “According to Politico, not a single Democratic candidate for Congress has run an ad since last April that makes any positive reference to Obamacare.”
So, can any of our readers provide an example of a Democrat running this fall on Obamacare? I mean, it is the issue that Democrats were so dedicated to passing.