For months top Democrats have been insisting that Senate and House candidates will proudly campaign on Obamacare. But that’s not how it’s going. It seems they want to talk about anything but the rotten health care law they rammed through without a single Republican vote. Gee, I wonder why.
Even Organizing for Action, the advocacy offshoot of President Obama’s campaign, is focusing elsewhere, currently airing ads touting President Obama’s support for raising the minimum wage. The last time OFA ran pro-Obamacare ads was last summer.
“Pro-Obamacare ads are like an endangered species, like seeing a unicorn or the Loch Ness monster,” said Elizabeth Wilner, Kantar Media senior vice president for political advertising. “Democrats are either not talking about it at all or talking about it needing to be fixed.” …
Democrats’ decision not to fight fire with fire is strategic: If they’re arguing about the divisive and disruptive overhaul of the nation’s health care system, they’re already losing. That’s even more true in the wake of a new Congressional Budget Office report that estimates the law would encourage about 2 million employees to leave the workforce.
“You don’t want the election to be about Obamacare,” conceded Neera Tanden, president of the liberal Center for American Progress, which in the past has urged the White House to more aggressively sell the health care law. (Read More)
That sums it up right there. They don’t want the election to be about Obamacare.