Video: House Democrats double down on ObamaCare

posted at 9:21 am on January 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz claimed last fall that Democrats would run on ObamaCare in the 2014 midterms and win. Many probably consider that an exercise in hyperbole, considering the scope of the disaster from the rollout of ObamaCare, and the widespread recognition that Democrats lied about its impact on previously-insured Americans. However, the DCCC has rolled out a new ad campaign attacking Republicans for their pledge to repeal ObamaCare if returned to power, with new web ads filled with anecdotes about the beneficence of the ACA:

Democrats are expanding their Obama-Care offensive with Web ads in 12 competitive districts that feature people touting the benefits they’ve seen from the healthcare reform law, according to information shared first with The Hill.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s new online ads direct viewers to FacesOfRepeal.com, a standalone site that outlines the stories of Americans helped by the law.

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“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,” Diane, from Denver, says in the ad.

The new spots are an expansion of the DCCC’s campaign launched in mid-December against 44 vulnerable Republicans.

Appealing to anecdotes was how Democrats shoved ObamaCare through in the first place — while pledging repeatedly that those who liked their insurance plans would not be impacted at all. Millions of cancellation letters later, that’s been exposed as the Lie of the Year in 2013, and by implication for 2008-2012 as well.

That’s the limitation of appeal by anecdote — it only works when there are no competing anecdotes. The rollout of ObamaCare and the upending of the individual-policy marketplace have created millions of anecdotes in the other direction, including this one from Oregon (via Stephen Green of PJ Media):

Then there are people like a 33-year-old married mother of an 18-month-old. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, is a freelance yoga instructor whose husband works for a local non-profit that pays for his health insurance.

But to add her or their son onto the plan would cost more than the couple can afford.

So she turned to Cover Oregon. She has been without health insurance since she was 21. But as a mother, she needs it.

“I’ve been a cheerleader for the Affordable Care Act ever since I heard about it and I assumed that it was designed for people in my situation,” she told KOIN 6 News. “I was planning on using the Affordable Care Act and I had done the online calculator in advance to make sure I was going to be able to afford it.”

Even though her and her husband’s combined income should qualify her for a subsidized health care plan, she’s been told she does not qualify, and the private plan options are still too expensive.

Besides, after telling the Lie of the Year for five straight years, why would anyone believe these Democrats? Winning an anecdote war requires people to believe you. Democrats blew their credibility on a shabby lie, one they knew would be proven false eventually, and their argument is trust us again? Just wait until the employer mandate upends that market in the late summer and early fall, and see how willing middle-class voters will be to trust them again.


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“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,” Diane, from Denver, says in the ad.

This is not justification for dragooning the entire nation into socialized medicine!

And does she care at all that she can only afford the insulin because Obamacare forces others to subsidize it?

Charlemagne on January 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Bunch of fugly women in the pics this morning…

OmahaConservative on January 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

OT: Harry Reid is one vote short for Extending the Extended UI Benefits

So far he has Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada,Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Who will be the Fifth R vote? Someones going to get a new Dam.

kcewa on January 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Don’t get bogged down in anecdotal malarkey. Hammer them on the lying. Every major argument for Obamacare was a lie.

forest on January 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,” Diane, from Denver, says in the ad.

If you couldn’t afford it before then why aren’t you dead?

kcewa on January 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

This now then by spring we will see the marches for fairness start and run through the fall.They are printing the tee shirts now.

docflash on January 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The low information voters will still believe their tripe

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

OT: Harry Reid is one vote short for Extending the Extended UI Benefits

So far he has Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada,Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Who will be the Fifth R vote? Someones going to get a new Dam.

kcewa on January 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

What a disaster Ayotte’s turned out to be.

Doughboy on January 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Kcewa……figures with ayotte Collins and murkowski….I’m surprised mccain hasn’t gone over to the dems

cmsinaz on January 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

It’s as if she has had her whole face botoxed, there is no expression, just dead.

vityas on January 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

House Democrats double down on ObamaCare

…they double down on ugly!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Phil Robertson Fired!
Do you agree?

tlynch001 on January 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The problems with anecdotes is that they’re unprovable, and they don’t necessarily represent a majority view.

HiJack on January 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Why is it that liberal woman are so not attractive. Must be that their hearts and souls match what they portray outwardly. Always such a sad looking bunch. Know Jesus, know peace…no Jesus, no peace.

crosshugger on January 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Ed, you underestimate the stupidity of the American public. Union members would vote for a unicorn if it was a Democrat and endorsed by union leaders. Blacks, gays, and feminists will never vote for Republicans in mass….EVER, because they know who butters their bread. Obama’s lies over the past 5 years mean a lot to thinking people, but the sheeple just don’t care. Julia, Pajama Boy, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz are who these people are and will get their votes no matter what.

Of course because I’m anti-Obama, I’m a racist, because I’m against gay marriage makes me a homophobic hater, and because I oppose abortion means I’m conducting a war on women. I get it.

Rant over, who want’s pie with their scotch today?

simkeith on January 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

What a disaster Ayotte’s turned out to be.

Doughboy on January 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

…but…but…but…but we have to vote for an ‘R’…because it is better than the alternative………….THEY SAY!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

And do ya think that their liberal hubbies or significant others just tell each other Embrace the Suck…….I had to do it…..

crosshugger on January 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Phil Robertson Fired!
Do you agree?

tlynch001 on January 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

LOL! I can’t believe that popup is still around. In fact, I can’t believe HA used it in the first place. What difference does it make to anybody if I agree or not, or what the results of some innocuous poll may be? Dumb, right-wing schtick. No wonder the left laughs at us.

HiJack on January 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Bunch of fugly women in the pics this morning…

OmahaConservative on January 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

While I can endure it to a degree, posting a picture of DWS before noon should be a crime.

TXUS on January 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Besides, after telling the Lie of the Year for five straight years, why would anyone believe these Democrats?

Because people who vote for Democrats are dumb as road kill possum.

Democrat Leader: Oops. Sorry, bub. Still, it’s for the best. Bush did it.
Democrat R.K. Possum: You’re so wonderful for saying you’re sorry! You care so much! The Republithugs are so mean for wanting us to not get care and die in the streets!

fadetogray on January 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,” Diane, from Denver, says in the ad.

It still costs $700 and you still can’t afford it.

You haven’t solved the actual problem; you’ve only got someone else to buy your medicine for you.

The Schaef on January 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Besides, after telling the Lie of the Year for five straight years, why would anyone believe these Democrats?

In a few months they could blame a YouTube video and get away with it…

Electrongod on January 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

…but…but…but…but we have to vote for an ‘R’…because it is better than the alternative………….THEY SAY!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I’m fine with that in the case of Scott Brown in MassachusettEs, but is New Hampshire really that far gone that Ayotte is the best we can do?

Doughboy on January 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Why would the poor and lower class stop voting for these people? They are being promised that in the future the rich and middle class will be paying their way.

And the middle class Democrat is reminded over and over how it is their duty to help and are told that inequality will be solved when the rich are finally paying their fair share.

People are in the least generally self serving and in the worst selfish. Socialist know this and have honed crafting those voters to an art.

And the Democrats have made sure that the Tea Party looks crass and uncaring, the Republicans look out of touch and the Libertarian to be like a Democrat that doesn’t care for it’s fellow man.

I don’t see anyone on the right that can buck this trend. Obamacare is here to stay, single payer is on it’s way and I don’t think the right can do much to change that right now.

Too many of our Republican senators in DC fall into that self serving and in the worst selfish category.

Maybe it’s like an alcoholic or drug addict. They have to reach rock bottom before they want to be helped. The Democrats are taking things in that direction, but we are not there yet.

Walter L. Newton on January 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,”

And does she care at all that she can only afford the insulin because Obamacare forces others to subsidize it?

Charlemagne on January 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Probably not. From the majority of the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen from the “winners”…most of it suggests that you’re just the selfish type.

lynncgb on January 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Democrats blew their credibility on a shabby lie, one they knew would be proven false eventually, and their argument is trust us again?

I think this is the straw that will break the Camel’s back. sort of like read my lips, no new taxes.

Johnnyreb on January 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

That’s the limitation of appeal by anecdote — it only works when there are no competing anecdotes.

You’re assuming the Republican establishment (A) will uncharacteristically decide to use anecdotes and (B) actually wants to repeal ObamaCare. Neither is a good assumption.

Probably some individual politicians who are more conservative will do so, and Tea Party organizations. But the overall campaign will be to moderate and appease the lefties in the name of getting elected, so that at some (never to be reached) point in the future they can govern conservatively.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Boy….oh boy… I sure don’t expect dinner or even a kiss when my ex ACORN now turned ObamaCare health professional representative bends me over….. but a reach around would be nice.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,”

The irony is that “healthcare reform”, collectivation under centralized government control, can only reduce the supply of these medicines she needs so much, increasing their cost and make them harder to find. If this woman had even an ounce of common sense, she’d be calling for a freer market and not a government controlled one.

What’s really a killer is that the stupid runs deep, and all the rest of us get dragged into the utopian fantasy along with these fools whether we like it or not.

MTF on January 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

The Donks have got our attention span down so low that we’ll forget that they sank the ship last time and just listen to the wonderful cruise they’re promising this time.

We’ve got to him ‘em. We’ve got to make them try to change the subject and hit them when they do. We have to have bigger, stronger weapons in reserve for when they come back cheering.

And we always have to make them look like fools and liars rather than like underdogs. The American public would root for Satan if you presented him as an underdog.

Come to think of it, that’s how the Donks get elected.

njcommuter on January 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,”

“Some people live, and some die…”

Electrongod on January 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Actually, the Democrats have it easier than you think. The Republican lie, of 2010 was, if you elect us we’ll get rid of Obamacare. How did that work out? The Republicans never had a plan to get rid of Obamacare and will have a hard time selling the idea they can get rid of it now.

bflat879 on January 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

crosshugger on January 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I’m a Jewish(my husband thinks that I’m a cutie)and I’m all smiles…unless you’re a radical muzzie, illegal, or a leftist.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Why is it that liberal woman are so not attractive. Must be that their hearts and souls match what they portray outwardly. Always such a sad looking bunch. Know Jesus, know peace…no Jesus, no peace.

crosshugger on January 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Okay, seriously enough with the snobbery. Why attack peopel on their looks? Attack their ideas, not their looks. It’s like how a lot of you look like libs when you harp on how “fat” someone is.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Attack their ideas, not their looks.

Okay. Their ideas are even more stupid than their looks.

fadetogray on January 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Actually, the Democrats have it easier than you think. The Republican lie, of 2010 was, if you elect us we’ll get rid of Obamacare. How did that work out? The Republicans never had a plan to get rid of Obamacare and will have a hard time selling the idea they can get rid of it now.

bflat879 on January 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I don’t know how easy the Democrats will have it but I believe you are absolutely correct about the Republican lie. I would get emails from the RNC asking for donations to fight Obamacare. I would email the RNC that I would never give them money under this pretense as long as the present Republican leadership (Boehner, Cantor, McConnell) were in power because one would have to be an idiot to believe that any of these guys had the stones to push repeal. My dad taught me (and he was right) that the Democrats and their pals have the most powerful propaganda machine going. They are as peristent as a MRSA infection and, unfortunately, just as debilitating.

DaveDief on January 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Never forget how confident these a-holes were that they were keeping the House in 2010…remember, their world revolves around rainbows and unicorns while the rest of us–our checkbook.

hillsoftx on January 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Two points,

First, John Boehner can’t repeal Obamacare. That was the whole point of the surrender weasels attack on common sense when they caved over the government shut down.

Secondly, Diane from Denver…. No wonder you’re a diabetic and on 12 other meds. Look at what an unhealthy fat cow you are! You’re sucking up the wages of at least three healthy people to pay for your unhealthy habits. Put the bucket of fried chicken down and get in shape you pig!

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Okay, seriously enough with the snobbery. Why attack peopel on their looks? Attack their ideas, not their looks. It’s like how a lot of you look like libs when you harp on how “fat” someone is.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Diane from Denver is a fat cow. She’s a diabetic precisely because she is so fat. This is more than just judgement, it is a health-related issue. How many healthy people have to sacrifice so the pig doesn’t have to give up her unhealthy lifestyle?

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

They sure love dressing up a dead pig.

sadatoni on January 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Diane from Denver is a fat cow. She’s a diabetic precisely because she is so fat. This is more than just judgement, it is a health-related issue. How many healthy people have to sacrifice so the pig doesn’t have to give up her unhealthy lifestyle?

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I hadn’t viewed the ad before, good point. But that’s just one of several people.

The main silliness here is that somehow it’s the insurance companies’ fault. Like they have an infinite money sack to pay for stuff. Unfortunately, they have to run their businesses according to the dictates wafting in from the DC swamp.

Classic case of politicians shifting blame for their own actions.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Democrats are brain impaired loons.

rplat on January 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

“double down”

You mean twice the price?

Shy Guy on January 7, 2014 at 11:13 AM

“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,” Diane, from Denver, says in the ad.

And just how did she obtain those same medications BEFORE “healthcare reform”?
Did she do without…or did her health insurance provide them for her?

Are these people as stupid as they sound?

Solaratov on January 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Just wait until the employer mandate upends that market in the late summer and early fall, and see how willing middle-class voters will be to trust them again.

Oh, quit it. You think Obama’s going to let the mandate strike, right before elections? In the face of the weekly illegal changes by fiat he’s already making to the law, you think he’ll simply let *that* one stay in effect, and on time?

Please.

We’re going to be amazed at the things the Dems will do in the next several months to *not* let further things blow up in their faces, and to mitigate the problems that are dinging them now. Whatever it takes, using our money, and the law be damned. Force insurance companies to take everyone back, for free if needs be, with a big bailout of taxpayer money to cover it (hey, single payer, one way or another).

Few people will be without coverage by summer, more people will be drawing even more deeply from the government teat, GOP will be playing defense on the minimum wage and entitlements (they want to kill old people and minorities, you know), and will be busy helping the Dems pass amnesty and destroy conservatives.

And even in the face of all of the counter-anecdotes, Obamacare’s true believers… still believe.

People who think the Democrats are in for a rout in November simply aren’t paying attention.

I hope I’m wrong.

Midas on January 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

…I hope I’m wrong.

Midas on January 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

You’re not wrong, insofar as I can predict the future also.

The sad part is, it doesn’t have to be this way. With every technological step we’ve made in the last century or so, as a society, we’ve take a couple steps back in our values. And the government just arrogates more and more control and resources, to the tipping point. One day they may misjudge and go beyond to tipping point.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Actually, the Democrats have it easier than you think. The Republican lie, of 2010 was, if you elect us we’ll get rid of Obamacare. How did that work out? The Republicans never had a plan to get rid of Obamacare and will have a hard time selling the idea they can get rid of it now.

bflat879 on January 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Because as we all know, republicans voted for Obamacare.

Wait, not a single republican voted for it?

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Winning an anecdote war requires people to believe you. Democrats blew their credibility on a shabby lie, one they knew would be proven false eventually, and their argument is trust us again? Just wait until the employer mandate upends that market in the late summer and early fall, and see how willing middle-class voters will be to trust them again.

It also requires an honest accounting in the media, where LIV’s would hear both sides, or at least the competing anecdotes. Sadly, We can count on LIVs staying LIV’s, and we will all be shocked, Shocked!, when the ACA is a non factor in the ’14 mid terms. I remain pessimistic about the future of this country.

Coolidge_Conservative on January 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Diane from Denver is a fat cow. She’s a diabetic precisely because she is so fat. This is more than just judgement, it is a health-related issue. How many healthy people have to sacrifice so the pig doesn’t have to give up her unhealthy lifestyle?

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Yep. YOu sound like a lib. “Fat peopel are eeeeeeevil!!!! I NEVER see skinny people eat at McDonalds or eat a lot of food. NEEEEEEVVEEEERRR!!!”

BTW, I’m 5’8″ and weigh 178 lbs, before the whole “you must be fat” accusations come out.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM Yes, with a BMI of 27.1 the government does consider you overweight. Halfway to being obese.

Prepare for having your health care rationed based on that fact.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Ooops, messed up formating …ignore the strikeout please.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Actually, the Democrats have it easier than you think. The Republican lie, of 2010 was, if you elect us we’ll get rid of Obamacare. How did that work out? The Republicans never had a plan to get rid of Obamacare and will have a hard time selling the idea they can get rid of it now.

bflat879 on January 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Because as we all know, republicans voted for Obamacare.

Wait, not a single republican voted for it?

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Reading comprehension fail, or did you just intentionally ignore the actual point and jump straight for the strawman?

Midas on January 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Reading comprehension fail, or did you just intentionally ignore the actual point and jump straight for the strawman?

Midas on January 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

You’re the one ingoring the fact that Obamacare wasn’t even voted into law during that election. Kind of hard to say “we’ll get rid of Obamacare” if it isn’t even law. What they said was that they wouldn’t vote for it. And guess what…..they didn’t vote for it.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

And does she care at all that she can only afford the insulin because Obamacare forces others to subsidize it?

Charlemagne on January 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

That is only partly true. I speak as an insulin user who was uninsured until just a year ago.

Lantus insulin before obamascare was passed cost me about $69/vial. Novolog pen fill insulin 5 pack before obamascare cost me about $125/package. The price of these insulins has gone up in the ensuing 5 years so that now the Lantus costs $159/vial and the Novolog costs $269/package. I firmly plant the blame for the 100%+ increase on obamascare.

Also, if all this woman is doing is buying medication she will never get any benefit. She may reach her deductible by Dec. 28th, but that’s pushing it.

NOMOBO on January 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

What a disaster Ayotte’s turned out to be.

Doughboy on January 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Amen to that. I am so sorry I voted for her, had high hopes, many of us did, but this is what should be expected from she that was the AG of a dem gov for 6 years and made her name on a single cop killer conviction. A poor field of others (seems a long run of those here lately) didn’t help either.

When I saw her at the top of the list I thought for sure I’d also see McLame and Grahamnesty. Very surprised on that one, she’s been nose to their asses the whole time in DC.

PatHenry on January 7, 2014 at 2:49 PM

“I take insulin and 12 other medications, and my daughter’s medicine costs $700 a month. We couldn’t afford it without healthcare reform,” Diane, from Denver, says in the ad.

Really? How was it paid for before Obamacare?

RebeccaH on January 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM