Dems target vulnerable GOP lawmakers over health law repeal vote

Meghashyam Mali
The Hill

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new campaign Monday targeting vulnerable GOP lawmakers on healthcare ahead of the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and congressional perks instead of protecting consumers,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.), in a statement announcing the drive. “For 18 months, Republicans have been on defense for protecting millionaires over Medicare and now they’re planning another vote to put insurance companies back in charge of our healthcare at the expense of middle-class families and consumers.”

The DCCC will target Republicans in 10 districts with robocalls, charging those lawmakers with placing the interests of insurance companies above voters…

…The robocall campaign is part of the DCCC’s “Drive for 25,” its effort to capture 25 seats in November to recapture control of the House.

The campaign comes after the Supreme Court upheld much of President Obama’s healthcare reform law in a landmark 5-4 ruling last Thursday. Congressional Republicans and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, however, have vowed to continue efforts to undo the law.

The House is expected to vote on July 11 after returning from recess on repealing the law, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday he would also push for a repeal vote ahead of the election.

But Democrats believe that with many individual provisions of the healthcare law still popular with the public, Republican calls for a full repeal will backfire with voters…

Read the complete article at The Hill.

Related: Scott Walker: Wisconsin Won’t Launch Obamacare

Calling Obamacare a massive tax increase, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday he is going to wait before implementing health-insurance exchanges in his state.
“We’re going to wait,” Walker said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “For people here in Wisconsin and plenty of other states across the country, we want to put the power back in the hands of the people at the state and the local level, not be driven by a federal mandate.”…

Charles Schumer warns Republicans: Pushing for Obamacare repeal will cost you the election

Bipartisanship is not dead. It’s so nice of Charles Schumer to reach across the aisle and graciously advise the Republicans on what they need to do in order to avoid election slaughter in November:

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday warned Republicans that they would suffer at the polls if they continued to push for a repeal of the president’s healthcare reform bill.

“If Republicans make that their number one issue, the repeal of healthcare, they are certainly going to lose the election, in the House and the Senate and the presidency,” said Schumer on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

“Bottom line is most Americans are not for repeal. If you look at all the polls, a little more than a third are for repeal,”** he said.

Forget about Republicans. The first people Schumer should be advising to “embrace Obamacare or lose the election” are his Senate colleague Claire McCaskill and many other Dems

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Also, DeMint And Bachmann Urge Governors To Oppose Obamacare Exchange Mandate

Senator Jim DeMint (SC), Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) and Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-04) sent a letter to all 50 governors urging them to oppose the implementation of the state health care exchanges mandated under President Obama’s health care law. Twelve Senators and 61 Representatives joined them in writing in opposition to these exchanges, which could cost businesses up to $3,000 per employee.

“Now that we know the courts will not save us from this harmful and unsustainable law, we urge all governors to join our fight full repeal by stopping its implementation,” said DeMint. “Americans have loudly rejected this law because it raises costs, lowers quality of care, and hikes taxes. The President’s health care law will not reform anything, but will hurt state budgets, destroy jobs, and reduce patient choices. States should reject these complex and costly exchanges. We cannot build a free market health care system on this flawed structure of centralized government control, we must repeal all of it and start over with commonsense solutions that make health care more affordable and accessible for every American.”…

The text of the letter is at the link.

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