Expect to see a lot more Democrats distancing themselves from Obamacare as we get deeper into the election cycle.
A new ad from a Democratic super PAC indicates that, despite the claims of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and others, at least some Democrats are wary of embracing Obamacare in upcoming midterm elections.
In the TV spot, the Democratic political action committee House Majority PAC highlights Arizona congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s criticism of the bungled HealthCare.gov website. Kirkpatrick is a vulnerable Democrat running for reelection in November.
The ad opens by praising her for blowing the whistle on the “disastrous healthcare website.” In Congress, Kirkpatrick has taken steps to distance herself from the embattled health-care law. In November, for example, she was one of 39 Democrats to support Fred Upton’s bill, which would have allowed individuals renew their health-care plans after the law’s regulations required insurance companies to cancel them.
Obamacare is political death in red and purple districts and that’s a big problem for Democrats like Ann Kirkpatrick. They have the same dilemma that Republicans do who try to get into a competition with Democrats over who is going to give the most benefits. The Democrat will ALWAYS want to give more away. Well, in this case, if Obamacare is a big issue the Democrat is in trouble because the Republican is going to say they didn’t vote for it, think it’s a disaster and want it repealed while the Democrat can only nibble at it around the edges. So, Democrats can run all the anti-Obamacare ads they want, but they shouldn’t expect it to save them when people get a real choice.