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Morning Action: Who Likes Obamacare?

Obamacare.  Pro-Obamacare forces promised to “go on the offensive” this August.  According to Politico, an event in Centreville, Virginia was marked by “poor attendance”:

That means gatherings like today’s in Centreville — although the slow start here is probably not what OFA organizers had in mind. After a scheduling snafu over the start time, a few people showed up and left before it actually started. Just one volunteer stayed to help work the phone bank for the health law, and the event’s organizer bolted after 20 minutes — although he was bound for another Obamacare event, a house party.

Backers of Obamacare are hoping to generate enough of their own events this summer to counteract any repeat of August 2009, when tea party activists swarmed town hall meetings to try to stop what was then still a health reform bill with a shaky future in Congress.

Jim DeMint.  On Fox News Sunday, Heritage President Jim DeMint welcomed a public debate over Obamacare, saying, “I’m convinced that the more Americans know about Obamacare the more they’re going to stand with those of us who want to stop it.”

Farm Bill.  Nancy Pelosi isn’t optimistic Congress will send a massive food stamp and farm bill to President Obama’s desk by the (near meaningless) October 1 deadline.  The Hill explains:

She urged GOP leaders to take the farm bill they passed earlier in the month, which extends current farm policy but doesn’t include food stamp provisions, and send that to the bargaining table with the Senate.

“Let’s just go to the table,” she said. “Even with that bill, as horrible as it was, at least it’s a path to the conference table. But to put their members on record as supporting $40 billion in cuts really makes the path back even harder.”

Grand Bargain.  A handful of Republican Senators are actively courting a major budget deal with the White House.  The Wall Street Journal provides this background:

A group of Republican senators who have been meeting privately with top White House officials have concluded that they want to try again to reach a sweeping budget deal that would cut deficits and make changes to Medicare, according to participants in the meetings.

The senators had been uncertain about whether to seek a more modest deal that would simply replace the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester, or to pursue a more ambitious “grand bargain” aimed at shoring up the major entitlement programs, among other goals.

Life.  In case you missed it last week, a new Quinnipiac poll found a majority of women support 20-week ban on abortion.  The Washington Examiner broke down the data:

The poll gives respondents a choice between a ban on abortions after 20 weeks or a ban on abortions after 24 weeks – giving them a chance to indicate their support for or against late-term abortions.

Sixty-percent of women said that they preferred a ban on abortions before 20 weeks, while only 25 percent chose the 24 week ban.

Nine percent of the respondents volunteered a statement saying that abortion should never be legal. Only one percent of woment volunteered that abortion should always be legal.

Fifty-six percent of young people ages 18-35 indicated that they supported a 20-week ban on abortion.

 

 

 

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