Democrats are up to their old games again, or perhaps I should say in thrall to their old illusions. If we just do a better job of explaining Obamacare this time, they contend, we’ll finally win the American people over.
Now, in the House Minority, in large part because while in the majority, they pushed through the unpopular health care overhaul, they have decided to “rebrand” the Republican bill to overturn their signature legislation as “The Patient’s Rights Repeal Act“:
At a House Dem leadership meeting last week, Dem leaders decided that this is the phrase they will officially use to brand the House GOP’s push to repeal health reform, aides tell me.
With House Republicans set to press forward with repeal next week, the idea behind the Dem talking point is to emphasize what repeal would take away from you — and to position the plight of the patient in the center of this battle.
Dems are gearing up for a major campaign against repeal, in hopes that it will give them another crack at selling the American public on the law by highlighting its most popular provisions and arguing that repeal would do away with them.
Another crack at selling the American public on the law? Um, wow, how often did we hear that or similar expressions last year — even after the bill was passed. And despite countless such cracks, the bill as a whole remains unpopular.