Steny Hoyer: ObamaCare is going to be, at worst, neutral in the midterm elections

posted at 9:21 pm on April 29, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Well. That’s certainly — uhm — bullish of him.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer predicted on Tuesday that Obamacare will not prove to be the massive political liability for Democrats that Republicans hoped ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

“I think health care at worst is going to be a neutral in this election,” said Hoyer (D-Md.) during a press conference. “This is not the holy grail of this election.” …

He even predicted that Democrats could pick up seats during the November elections. …

“We have good candidates, we’re raising good money,” Hoyer said, citing competitive races in Florida and Arkansas.

And that’s despite this morning’s WaPo/ABC poll showing President Obama’s approval rating hitting new lows and a public largely unenthused by ObamaCare’s ostensible victories. Democratic strategist James Carville, however, was somewhat less bullish about the situation on Fox News this evening:

“I saw that poll. My day started out about as good as Donald Sterling’s,” Carville quipped. “The poll was not good. I’m not one of these people that says ‘oh you know trash the poll’ or something like that. The poll was not good on a variety of fronts.” …

“Look. We are in a six year term, we have a high wrong track number,” Carville said before expressing his hope that Obamacare’s popularity will recover. “But right now, I will be the first to concede we are in somewhat of a difficult position.”


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His smile looks like agony.

Well. That’s certainly — uhm — bullish of him.

^ Misread that the first time.

Axe on April 29, 2014 at 9:24 PM

You keep on smiling Steny.

crankyoldlady on April 29, 2014 at 9:25 PM

No Duh Steny……….
Maybe that’s why you idiot Democrats cheer every Ohopeycare delay from our Marxist-raised President.

FlaMurph on April 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Just got off the phone with Bennie Thompson.

This is racist.

Chuck Ef on April 29, 2014 at 9:27 PM

My cancellation notice is on my refrigerator..

Not very neutral in my house..

Electrongod on April 29, 2014 at 9:28 PM

…ObamaCare’s ostensible victories

I don’t think anyone but the MSM and other True Believers bought the 7.1 million hogwash. Or 8 million, Or whatever they’re saying it is today.

Being lied to gets tiresome.

forest on April 29, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Steny was really excited when Ocare past–proclaiming americans now have a “right to health care.” I hate to tell you Steny, but you do not have the RIGHT to anyone else’s labor or the fruits thereof. Governement doesn’t create or grant rights–they either defend them or breach them. Ocare is unpopular because you forgot that, Steny, if you ever knew it….

Doc Holliday on April 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

I’m sorry, but why does Mr. Ed come to mind? Although Mr. Ed usually gave Wilbur good advice……………

JBHuckley on April 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Keep talkin’, Steny. You and San Fran Nan and Washed-up Schultz. Join Harry Reid’s campaign for Senate Minority Leader!

Steve Z on April 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Who the hell would name their kid Steny Hoyer? Sounds like a vacuum cleaner and, as we know, this one sucks all the time.

TXUS on April 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Someone pull his finger already.

ThePrez on April 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

There is a river in Egypt and the donks are in it up to their necks.

jukin3 on April 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Steny Hoyer: ObamaCare is going to be, at worst, neutral in the midterm elections

…Steny… has a steny up his ass!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Your boss Piglosi said you’re running on it. Why would you run on something neutral? A Dem opens his mouth….automatically lying. ESAD m’ucker.

msupertas on April 29, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Excellent news indeed… We urge all the democrats to run on the greatness of Obamacare…

mnjg on April 29, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I hate to say it but with some of the comments from republicans lately and the repubs penchant for being politically inept at taking on the totalitarians he may be right.

Jackson on April 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I hate to say it but with some of the comments from republicans lately and the repubs penchant for being politically inept at taking on the totalitarians he may be right.

Jackson on April 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Not when it comes to the House… Our chances of keeping the House and picking up few more seats is over 95%… In the Senate most probably we will 2 to 3 seat but not control it..

mnjg on April 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

TXUS on April 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Good job lol

__________________

Lots of wishful thinking. If they don’t get the insurance companies not to release their premium prices for 2015 delayed til after November….YOU ARE DREAMING, Steny!

CoffeeLover on April 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Steny Hoyer:
“Look at me- do I have spinach stuck to my teeth? Oh, and Obamacare is teh AWESOME!!111!”

Dolce Far Niente on April 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

I hate to say it but with some of the comments from republicans lately and the repubs penchant for being politically inept at taking on the totalitarians he may be right.

Jackson on April 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Sadly, that was my first thought. The Rep Party leadership is nothing if not neutered

ShainS on April 29, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Please forgive us if we DON’T listen to anything a lying-a$$ DimocRat such as yourself says.

Now, go on, don’t you have a death panel to chair, or a late-term abortion clinic to run while you’re on vacation?

Meople on April 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Yeah. Keep telling yourself that, champ.

novaculus on April 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

This is not the holy grail of this election.”

Yeah? Then why was the employer mandate PUT OFF?

You can’t even tell a convincing lie!

GarandFan on April 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Where’s my boyfriend Lanceman, the Jughead from FL?

bettycooper on April 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Heh, these dems are trying to say everything away……

It won’t work.

ObamaCare is not the only issue – don’t forget about:

Fast & Furious

Benghazi

IRS Targeting Scandal

NSA Scandal

Solyndra/ Green Energy

Leland Yee – gun running

Just to name a few…..

redguy on April 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Hysterical photo of Hoyer clenching his teeth so he can force his muscles to smile.

INC on April 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Redguy, why not just list them all, except, of course, that might take 6 hours…..

chai on April 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

There is a river in Egypt and the donks are in it up to their necks.

jukin3 on April 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I hope the crocodiles finish them off.

8 weight on April 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Hey Hoyer . . . do us a favor and keep going back to that palm reader who told you that.

Nat George on April 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

He even predicted that Democrats could pick up seats during the November elections. …

Keep telling yourself that. I refused to believe the polls back in 2012 and was left heartbroken.

SupplyGuy on April 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

When you’ve lost Smeagol…

StubbornGreenBurros on April 29, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Ignoramus is ignorant.

ExpressoBold on April 30, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Haters gonna hate…
Dumbers gonna dumb…

Hoyers gotta smile.
He can afford the botox to keep that smile going.

Must be nice to be from a district full of Dem zombies.
“Well, I don’t think Obamacare will be a factor in MY re-election.”

Marcola on April 30, 2014 at 12:34 AM

There is nothing about the unpopularity of Obamacare that Republicans cannot fix with a policy of tinker and consolidate.

David Blue on April 30, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Dude looks like he has really, really big wooden teeth.

Midas on April 30, 2014 at 1:06 AM

He even predicted that Democrats could pick up seats during the November elections. …

Keep telling yourself that. I refused to believe the polls back in 2012 and was left heartbroken.

SupplyGuy on April 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

He knows – and is confident – that this GOP is capable of screwing up *any* and *all* advantage they might get on any topic.

Midas on April 30, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Boehner and the gang probably agrees with him.

Jay Cost was interesting on Ace’s podcast.
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Basically, risk corridors, risk adjustment, and reinsurance are the 3 slush fund guarantees of insurance company profits regardless of Obamacare’s disruptions.

Biggest recipients of Insurance Inc. PAC’s?

Boehner, McConnel, Dave Camp, Kingston, etc, etc, etc.

No wonder neither side is really committed to repeal.

aquaviva on April 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM

I’m sorry, but why does Mr. Ed come to mind?
JBHuckley on April 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Because whenever Nancy Pelosi wants Steny Hoyer to speak she spreads a little peanut butter on his teeth.

V7_Sport on April 30, 2014 at 2:07 AM

What happens when you repeat the lie long enough but no one believes it? Four years in and it’s not the law that’s so bad; it’s the messaging, ya see.

Gymistokles on April 30, 2014 at 3:31 AM

Well, yes and no. Yes, ObamaCare is unpopular, but the GOP can’t be a one trick pony on that front.

Healthcare is low on the priority for voters.

Economy is still the number one priority for voters.

The GOP needs to attack on ALL FRONTS.

ButterflyDragon on April 30, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Anybody else think that Hoyer is trying to do an impression of Dr. Teeth from the Muppets in that photo?

Athanasius on April 30, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Hoyer’s probably right now that top Republicans chant the “ObamaCare is here to stay; let’s fix it” line. So what is the difference between a Republican and a Democrat on the healthcare issue now, yo? It’s like running Romney against Obama again: ObamaCare, our formerly most potent issue, is off the table.

And then there’s Boenher’s amnesty by August.

I hope the Republicans lose seats in both houses.

casuist on April 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM

I hang out with a couple of people who pay close attention to this sort of thing for a living, and their numbers — and this makes sense if you think about it — say that Obamacare has almost no effect on swing voters these days. The Republican base hates it — it will help turn out a few voters in the fall — the Democratic base likes it, and the swingers aren’t going to vote on Obamacare. After 4 years of hysteria, it’s just background noise for most people. Unfortunately for the Republicans, the rollout was successful and its costing less than expected. Plus, despite idiotic claims of a “government takeover”, most people still get their health care through their jobs, and many (like me) are pleased with some of the features, like eliminating pre-existing conditions or keeping their kids covered.

The Dem’s problem is an economy that remains sluggish for the working class and (in the House) gerrymandering.l

urban elitist on April 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM


the rollout was successful

Seriously? What is your standard for UN-successful?

casuist on April 30, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Well, what do you expect Steny Hoyer to say? “We’re E’ffed!”? Of course he’s gonna put on a Happy Face, just like Nancy Pelosi.

Speaking of Obamacare, there is one thing we can be grateful for….the precedent set by this administration to blow off parts of laws that they don’t like. Just imagine a Cruz or Rubio administration blowing off parts of economy-crippling EPA “laws” through selective enforcement (or non-enforcement)

olesparkie on April 30, 2014 at 7:57 AM

most people still get their health care through their jobs, and many (like me) are pleased with some of the features, like eliminating pre-existing conditions or keeping their kids covered.

What a dumb-ass…..just can’t see that the next shoe to drop is the cancellation of employer-sponsored health insurance resulting from Obamacare. This nimrod is about as short-sighted as you can get.

olesparkie on April 30, 2014 at 8:01 AM

I do not believe that “blowing off” the law will serve either party or the country very well in the long run. It is one of Obama’s best avenues to destroy this nation.

tngmv on April 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Mass cancellation is not going to happen. Certainly not in time to affect the election.

The rollout hit their target numbers. The proof of its success is that the right wing blogosphere has nice to other matters.

You’ve been hoping for a collapse for years; it isn’t going to happen.

And note that Obama won convincingly last time around — it’s not the anchor you hoped for.

urban elitist on April 30, 2014 at 8:13 AM

The rollout hit their target numbers.

urban elitist on April 30, 2014 at 8:13 AM

The “target number” was 40 million people without insurance. Remember?

That’s why it had to be passed.

The target changed dramatically.

Since when is 20% “success”.

ButterflyDragon on April 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Target number for the initial rollout was 6 million. They got 8. The number of people without insurance is dropping for the first time in years, costs are less than expected. Insurance companies are not going broke. Doctors are not going Galt. Employers are not dumping employees. The sky is not falling.

I’m not arguing the merits of the plan. Just saying that, come November, its not the silver bullet you had hoped.

urban elitist on April 30, 2014 at 8:32 AM

7 million target.

urban elitist on April 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM

When Carville says you’re in trouble…

todler on April 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Looks like Steny’s hemorrhoids are acting up again.

leftamark on April 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

most people still get their health care through their jobs, and many (like me) are pleased with some of the features, like eliminating pre-existing conditions or keeping their kids covered.

Can’t wait until you Obama apologizers become uninsured. You do know that most of Obamacare has not been implemented? You are next.

fight like a girl on April 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Well then Steny you just tell your Dem pals to proudly run on the awesomeness of Obamacare. PLEASE do this!

neyney on April 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Well there is obummercare, and the recent spike in electricity, food prices, gas prices… You name it Steny is ignoring it. This up for re-election soon?

jake49 on April 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

He’s a Maryland Democrat, which makes him voter-proof.

He has NO idea what’s going on in the rest of the country.

Archangel Nation on April 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Steny, never the brightest bulb in the pack, will be just fine. He has no clue what goes on outside his district or Washington which is a neighbor to his district. Filled with gubmit workers they have no clue either. Steny will be a handful of Dems left.

BetseyRoss on April 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

He even predicted that Democrats could pick up seats during the November elections. …

Would you perhaps care to phrase that in the form of a wager? No?

Drats… I could use some easy spending cash in this economy.

gekkobear on April 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Wellpoint, the second largest insurer in the country, reported Wednesday morning a stronger-than-expected first quarter of 2014, and improved its yearly revenue outlook based on its boosted enrollment through the Affordable Care Act.

The company reported that it had added 1.3 million customers to its rolls, about half of which were from the federal exchanges, and that the enrollees were younger and healthier than it feared a couple months ago. Wellpoint had warned in March that it could see double-digit increasing in premiums. However, the company reported that enrollees had tracked younger toward the end of the enrollment window, and were in line with projections.

“Our membership is growing across our platforms and we are pleased with the progress we have seen in the exchanges,” Joe Swedish, Wellpoint’s CEO, said.

Wellpoint also reported about 90% of enrollees are paying their first month’s premium, higher than many observers had feared.

[h/t Forbes]

Reality strikes again.

At some point you guys are gonna realize you’ve been lied to.

everdiso on April 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), who currently trails his Republican-turned-Democratic opponent Charlie Crist by ten points in the polls, stopped by a senior center in Boca Raton Tuesday afternoon hunting for stories of elderly victims of Obamacare. Instead he got “completely satisfied,” “very happy,” “very pleased,” and “no problems.”

According to the Sun Sentinel’s Anthony Man, the Affordable Care Act was roundly popular in the center, especially as the residents’ memories of the rollout of previous social programs informed their more patient view of the new one. “People were appalled at Social Security,” one resident said. “They were appalled at Medicare when it came out. I think these major changes take some people aback. But I think we have to be careful not to just rely on the fact that we’re seniors and have an entitlement to certain things.”

Scott found no evidence that doctors had stopped taking Medicare, or that services had been rolled back due to impending cuts. In fact, some even praised the law for getting their grandchildren insured.

Scott has been running ads warning seniors that Medicare services would constrict under Obamacare, a claim that has gotten him into some trouble, as a health services company he ran before becoming governor was fined $1.7 billion by the government for Medicare fraud.

[h/t Sun Sentinel /]

Man the republicans are a sad bunch. You’ve actually become convinced that your theories trump reality.

everdiso on April 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I mean what are the chances that Scott sees that his expectations are turning out to be wrong, and actually decides to change his mind about the effectiveness of ocare, instead of just blindly spinning the facts to fit his preconceived narrative?

everdiso on April 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

“I think health care at worst is going to be a neutral in this election,” said Hoyer (D-Md.) during a press conference. “This is not the holy grail of this election.” …

If this isn’t the holy grail – why does Hoyer come across as the Black Knight?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKhEw7nD9C4

NeoDawg on April 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM