Editorial: ObamaCare blowback
JEFF JACOBY, Globe Columnist:
“‘WE HAVE to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,’’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last spring about her party’s 2,000-page health care overhaul. What she didn’t realize was that the more Americans find out about ObamaCare, the more they turn against it. Virtually from the day it was signed, a majority of Americans have favored repealing the massive law. According to two polls released this past week — one a national survey by Rasmussen, the other a poll of key congressional districts for The Hill — they still do.
“So naturally congressional incumbents are touting their opposition to the health care law.
“Representative Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania has a TV spot in which a woman says approvingly: “You saw him when he voted against health care.’’ Virginia congressman Glenn Nye plays up the way he “took on Congress . . . voting against the health care bill because it cost too much.’’ South Dakota’s Stephanie Herseth Sandlin makes the same point in a humorous commercial starring her 22-month-old toddler, Zachary. Ads with similar messages have been aired by US Representatives Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Walt Minnick of Idaho, and Bobby Bright of Alabama. Plenty of Republicans are playing up their vote against the unpopular law — but these are all Democrats who voted no.
“It wasn’t supposed to be like this.”