Conservatives are Winning the Battle over Obamacare
In March, 34 Democrats stood on the side of the majority of Americans and opposed President Obama’s government takeover of health care. Since that vote, the case against Obamacare has not changed – indeed, it has only gotten stronger. To date, 170 Republicans have taken action to stop the implementation of Obamacare and repeal the law by signing onto Discharge Petition #11. Why haven’t any Democrats?
Over the past few weeks, just when pundits predicted America would accept Obamacare, the battle is growing.
Politico has coverage about how Democrats are no longer claiming Obamacare saves money. Instead they are admitting it needs fixing but still claiming it ‘improves’ health care.
Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit and instead stressing a promise to “improve it.”
Earlies this month, Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham demanded clarity from Obamacare-opposing Democrats in the Daily Caller:
There are two explanations as to why no Democrats have signed the discharge petition. They may have genuinely changed their mind on the merits of Obamacare and now support the law. If this is the case, they owe it to their constituents to say so and explain what new information caused them to change their position.
Alternatively, they have always supported Obamacare, but publicly opposed the measure to avoid political pain. Now, they are afraid of having another health care debate as they are aware the American people overwhelmingly oppose Obamacare. This means that they are implicitly endorsing the government’s takeover of the health care industry – 1/6th of the United States economy – which they claim to oppose. This scenario is why so many Americans are cynical about Washington.
With Congressional Democrats talking about improving it, Americans still opposing it, and 96% of House Republicans supporting repeal, it’s clear that conservatives are winning the battle.