Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Democrats are hoping for, and fighting for, the lowest possible premiums for customers. Republicans are hoping for, and campaigning for, the highest premiums and greatest pain for customers."-The Hill

GOP message to Democrats: “Shut up:” Sure Wisconsinites aren't happy about Scott Walker’s broken 250,000 jobs promise, but Republicans don’t want the Democrats to remind people of Walker’s failure.

So to counter that, the ridiculous Republican spin goes something like this; Democrats are really cheering on job losses and hoping for failure.

But the Democrats don’t have the power to do anything in the legislature, much less “kill jobs.” They can only report the actual numbers and national ranking. That’s not hoping for failure, unless you believe the GOP spin. 

On the other hand, Republicans can and have affected the outcome of ObamaCare, and have actually hoped it would fail. They even shut down the government at a cost of $24 billion, refused to created their own exchanges or expand Medicaid. They tried like hell to kill it. 

Which brings me to the nice piece below that digs even deeper into their hope for failure:
The Hill’s BRENT BUDOWSKY: it is a major political blunder for Republican leaders to insult these Americans by claiming they are too stupid to understand the financial interests of their families and threatening to use the jackhammer of Republican big government to take away insurance they bought after making informed choices in a free market.

J’accuse: The closest thing to socialism in America in 2014 is a GOP that proposes to use the dominating power of the Republican vision of the federal government to take away the private property of private insurance bought from private companies by individual citizens, after considering competing products in a capitalist system.

The GOP politics of ideology, fanaticism, negativity, overconfidence and overreaching did grave damage to Republicans in 2006, 2008 and 2012, which continues today in their obsession to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The party is trying to force voters to follow dictates from Republicans in Congress who have unfavorable ratings of 80 percent.

Democrats should frame the issue this way: Democrats are hoping for, and fighting for, the lowest possible premiums for customers. Republicans are hoping for, and campaigning for, the highest premiums and greatest pain for customers.

The mother of all ObamaCare blunders for Republicans is that they really do hunger for Americans to be slammed by higher premiums, for partisan political reasons, and they cannot control their instincts to show it.

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