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There’s been considerable speculation over whether ObamaCare would manifest itself as a major election issue this year, in light of the media’s focus on Ebola and the turmoil in the Middle East. Well, any doubt that ObamaCare still matters can be put to rest, with the announcement that 13 states and the District of Columbia will be sending out hundreds of thousands of insurance cancellation notices by the end of October, mere days before the November 4th elections.
This has got to be worrying for Senate Democrats up for reelection, whose support for the Affordable Care Act that is the cause of these cancellations will surely not resonate well with voters.
In tight races across the country, Democrats may now see their earlier words come back to haunt them. For example, in Arkansas, incumbent Senator Mark Pryor is on record referring to ObamaCare as “an amazing success story.” How Pryor can defend this claim as thousands more Americans get thrown off the insurance rolls is anybody’s guess.
In Colorado, as Mark Udall tries to beat back a strong challenge from Republican Cory Gardner, he will have to bear the consequences for repeating the now-infamous lie: “If you have an insurance policy you like, doctor or medical facility that provides medical services for you, you’ll be able to keep that doctor or that insurance policy.”
In Louisiana, where Republican challenger Bill Cassidy is gaining ground against Mary Landrieu, the Democratic Senator will have to defend her claim that ObamaCare would drive down insurance costs for families and businesses.
Only one of these Democrats seems to have the sense to run from the president’s signature policy, Bruce Braley in Iowa, who has referred to ObamaCare as a “big failure.” It’s clever political posturing, but rings awfully hollow in light of Braley’s repeated refusal to vote for repeal or defunding of the law as a Member of the House of Representatives. It’s just another substanceless campaign statement that makes Braley look like an empty suit, blowing feebly in the direction of the political winds.
In fact, all of the above Democrats supported ObamaCare, not only with their words, but with consistent, repeated votes to make sure the law continues to wreak havoc on the country’s medical system.
As more Americans lose their health insurance in the days and weeks before the elections, Democrats are going to find it increasingly hard to hide to from their abysmal voting records.