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‘Obamacare’ a major issue

Published: Fri, March 16, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick (Contact)

A week from today is the two-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing into law his most significant legislation: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The health-care reform bill is called “Obamacare” by its critics and even by some of its supporters.

Republican criticism helped the party take control of the U.S. House in the 2010 election. Not messing with success, Republicans continue to bang away at the Democratic president and members of his political party for supporting the bill.

The National Republican Congressional Committee sent out generic emails — same language and same quotes with fill-in-the-blank Democratic legislators — on Wednesday criticizing 40 U.S. House members, including Jason Altmire of McCandless, Pa., D-4th, for not voting to repeal the “disastrous” health-care law in January 2011. The emails say various House Democrats “blew [his/her] final chance to rein in the massive big-government behemoth.”

The biggest issues, Republicans say, is the tremendous cost, $1.76 trillion over 10 years, based on an updated estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, as well as its impact on small businesses and the mandate that all people have health care.

Polls show voters favor repealing the law.

Despite the opposition and challenges — as well as the U.S. Supreme Court scheduling arguments for March 26 to 28 on the constitutionality of the individual mandate — the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee are aggressively touting the accomplishments of the law in an effort that started a few days ago.

Female voters

The DNC sent out mailers to female voters in Ohio and other states touting some positives about the bill — free preventative services such as mammographies and gestational diabetes screenings, banning insurance caps on needed care, and allowing parents to keep their children on their health-insurance plans until the age of 26.

Also, the campaign started health-care phone banks in Ohio this week calling supporters to tell them how the bill is already benefiting them and how it will further help them in the future, according to an Obama campaign official in the state.

I asked Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, about using the issue as a key component of the president’s re-election strategy.

When a person is told specific benefits of the law — largely, children on parents’ plans, free preventative care, not losing health care because of pre-existing conditions, and Medicare changes including prescription drug discount — most support it, she said.

“This is a major accomplishment,” Cutter said, and the campaign will continue to work to get the word out.

With the two political parties sharply divided on the issue, health care will play as large a role as the economy in the general election and not just the presidential race. Which argument resonates more with voters will determine who wins and loses.


1Photoman(1249 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Wait until those same supporters find out what else is in the bill. For this bill to have been passed with few of our legislators having read it is a callous dereliction of their duty to this nation.

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2redeye1(5666 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Photoman One thing in the bill is a clause that states if you sell your home in 2013 you will have to pay a tax of 3.25% on the selling price to the Gov't to help pay for Obamacare (ex. $ 100,000.00 X 3.25% equals a payment of $3250.00 to the Gov't ) so that you can help for the lowlifes in this country. You know the welfare crowd who don't own a home

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3Westsider(269 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Being able to keep your children on insurance until they are 26 and getting mammograms that are covered for most women is small comfort to the huge price tag this brings. It is no accident that Ohioans voted against Obamacare.

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4peacelover(839 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Please don't use viral emails as your information source.

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5thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

i pay over $1000/mnth, i got co-pays, deductibles, and every bill is more than what the insurance will pay. Ive come to the conclusion that 90% of my premium goes to a health insurance ceo's 7 figure salary. capitalism at its finest. and if somebody tries to do something about it, you birthers call him a socialist.

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6Woody(492 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Even the Left Wing Politico Gets it: dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=163606BD-07A1-434B-B5CD-EF6825A7DA32

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