All in: Red-state Democrat Mark Pryor launches rare pro-ObamaCare midterm ad

posted at 6:41 pm on August 20, 2014 by Allahpundit

It’s not the first bold ad in this race, which Tom Cotton leads by just two thin points in the latest polls, but it’s big news insofar as it suggests that ObamaCare isn’t quite the liability for Democrats that the GOP thought it’d be last fall.

Or does it? David Harsanyi says the CW that ObamaCare has slipped off America’s midterm radar is simply wrong:

When I use the search engine to wade through news stories regarding the various contested races mentioned in the Bloomberg piece, I find that Obamacare is ubiquitous among Republican candidates – in their stump speeches, their interviews, on their websites and in their statements. Not so much the Democrats. In Colorado, for example, Republican Cory Gardner is running an ad right now that focuses exclusively on Obamacare…

You know, perhaps focusing 50 percent of your ad dollars on ACA isn’t necessary, anyway. It’s rather amazing how little the electorate has moved on the issue. According to Kaiser, 53 percent disapprove of Obamacare. And among independents, 57 percent disapprove. Looks a lot like it’s looked for years. Whether voters are interested in repealing the law or not, there is no other issue with higher disapproval rates. In my lifetime, I can’t recall of any domestic law that’s been chewed over, litigated, debated, and used as a political hammer this intensely this long after passage.

I wonder if Pryor would have run this ad if he wasn’t already neck deep in ObamaCare angst among the electorate. Remember, he’s the guy who famously said a few months ago that he’d vote for the law again if he had the chance, likely figuring (and probably correctly) that there’s no way he can run from it now so he might as well embrace it. Even here, in his “pro-ObamaCare” ad, the word “ObamaCare” is never uttered. That’s a nod to polls that have shown the Affordable Care Act tends to poll better when you leave The One’s name out of it. It may even be that some viewers will fail to make the connection between the mysterious law Pryor voted for and the ObamaCare albatross that Cotton’s hung around his neck, in which case this spot’s not going to do much to change perceptions about O-Care and his role in passing it. But he’s doing what he can. And of course he’s got dad, whose political brand as a former governor and senator he continues to trade on to this day, by his side for the added boost.

Meanwhile, stricly on the merits, the ad’s suspiciously vague, no? David Pryor says Mark’s insurance company didn’t want to pay for his cancer treatment in the mid-90s but doesn’t say why. It’s implied that that was due to it being a preexisting conditions but I can’t find any account of that online. I figured lefty bloggers would say something about it in their write-ups on the ad but neither TPM nor Greg Sargent delves into detail. Why exactly did Mark Pryor’s insurer resist coverage initially? Lots and lots and lots of people had their own plans canceled thanks to ObamaCare’s new rules, of course, and you’re still facing huge bills under the law if you seek treatment outside your newly shrunken provider network. If Pryor wants to claim that the law solves a problem he personally encountered in his own treatment, okay, but be specific. Which problem?


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Well at least he’s not running from it as most dims are. However, as you point out he doesn’t say “Obamacare” so some low information voters might not get it.

cat_owner on August 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Good. Own it, you fascist hack.

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 6:47 PM

“I’m going to raise your taxes”
- Walter Mondale, 1984

How’d that work out again?

thirteen28 on August 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

I don’t worry to much about Obamacare being off the radar right now I think the new cancellations and the new rate hikes are going to become public just in time.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Oh MY!!! Pryor’s internal polls must be horrendous.

If you are going to lose why not get a nice cushy well paid job with Soros? Pretty sure this cements his lobbyist career.

jukin3 on August 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

If Pryor wants to claim that the law solves a problem he personally encountered in his own treatment, okay, but be specific. Which problem?

Cranio-rectal insertion?

bbinfl on August 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

You own it bucko. The people will decide in a few months.

jake49 on August 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I guess it’s better to own up to it then try weasel your way around it.

terryannonline on August 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

The LIV’s are only confused if one mentions details. And details lead to necessarily long, complicated and even convoluted reasoning. Sort of like the impression most of America has of the law itself.

Pryors advisors probably are telling him that gloss sells and facts are counterproductive. That’s how Progressives like to communicate anyway. When they’re not outright lying (in service, of course, of a greater good), that is.

MTF on August 20, 2014 at 7:07 PM

If you have an albatross around your neck…do you just ignore it and act as if no one will notice..?

d1carter on August 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Hmm. Last I’d heard, Pryor was running all over Cotton. That he had a large lead. Now Cotton is ahead?

That’s probably driving some of this Hail Mary pass by Pryor. The momentum is not on his side; so why not try it? Worst that happens is you get slaughtered instead of lose by a decent margin.

Vanceone on August 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Well Hell, ya got the rope around yer neck, ya might as well jump off the horse…..

BigWyo on August 20, 2014 at 7:13 PM

I guess it’s “bold” to try to inoculate yourself from Obamacare criticism by using a cancer diagnosis as well as his daddy (again), but doubt it helps him.

Incidentally, someone who trades on his last name as much as he has and continues to has no business suggesting others feel entitled to the seat. Physician, heal thyself.

changer1701 on August 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM

I’ve Taken Barack In My Mouth……It Was Like A Religious Experience…..”

williamg on August 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Well, DWS did say that the Dems would run on Obamacare in the midterms. No one in a competitive race really is, except for this guy I guess. We’ll see how this pans out, but I can’t wait for DWS to look silly. Well…more than she already does.

GOPRanknFile on August 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Mark libfreee’s words. They’ll be openly running on oh you know the rest.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Life’s handed the Demos a bushel basket of lemons, so Pryor took the oldest and hopes to make something out of it.

formwiz on August 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Is it too cynical of me to suggest the insurance company was right?

COgirl on August 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Pryor, Hagan, Begich, Landrieu, Udall — they went along with everything Obama wanted, so they can be thrown under the bus too.

Conservchik on August 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I’ve Taken Barack In My Mouth……It Was Like A Religious Experience…..”

williamg on August 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

“Well, it was.”

-NedPepperChudiCoolrepublicaLibFreeDrywall

portlandon on August 20, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Throw that drowning politician an anchor.

orangemtl on August 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Hell, I’ll send this libtard some good campaign money, if it’s guaranteed to go toward running this ad and more like it.

TXUS on August 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

hail mary is what we see from the cheap seats

DanMan on August 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I believe it’s really important for Republicans to hang the lies, used to pass this law, around the Democrats heads. No matter what Pryor says, he allowed these lies to persist so, did he allow them to persist to help his particular situation. I’d hate to think someone in Arkansas, lost their insurance so Pryor could get something he couldn’t get without this law passing.

The Democrats have never acknowledged the lies told and apologized for allowing them to remain because of the election. It’s quite apparent the election was more important to them than honesty with the American people and they knew there were many lies about the ACA out there.

I believe if the Republicans took it to them for this, there would be fewer Democrats elected than there will be without going after them. There’s no good reason to play Mr. Niceguy with this group of Democrats. They’ve allowed Harry Reid to completely isolate the House of Representatives (of course Boehner has helped considerably by being inept) so, in a state like Arkansas, they’ve effectively lost the majority of their representation in the House because of Pryor.

bflat879 on August 20, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Tom Cotton needs to find a cancer patient from Arkansas who lost his/her health insurance due to Obamacare, and run an ad saying that this person will die earlier due to Pryor’s vote for it, unless Cotton and a Republican Senate majority repeal it.

Steve Z on August 20, 2014 at 7:46 PM

F’n doofus.

I hope he is pickin’ cotton in the hot sun after the election

txdoc on August 20, 2014 at 7:54 PM

ALL of These People, And ALL of The MEDIA and EVERYONE who HATED mmmBOOOOOOOOSH

……Have CUT OFF THE HEADS of Those That Oppose ISIS……..THEY CUT HIS FREAKIN! HEAD OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!

williamg on August 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

I’m Mark Pryor and I voted for Obamacare and willingly admit it here in this here campaign ad for US Senator. Well that that pretty much makes me a double dumb-arse.

Buckshots on August 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I don’t worry to much about Obamacare being off the radar right now I think the new cancellations and the new rate hikes are going to become public just in time.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

oh the rate hike argument, that takes me back. Meanwhile the insurance companies have started submitting their proposals for rate hikes and they are below average increases pre-obamacare (8.2% vs 10% pre-obamacare). Some places, like Oregon are looking at rate decreases despite inflation.

Tlaloc on August 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM

huh, not sure why the strike out happened there.

Tlaloc on August 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

ALL of These People, And ALL of The MEDIA and EVERYONE who HATED mmmBOOOOOOOOSH

……Have CUT OFF THE HEADS of Those That Oppose ISIS……..THEY CUT HIS FREAKIN! HEAD OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!

williamg on August 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

um…Bush took out Saddam who was, you know, someone who kept out groups like ISIS. He did it for his own selfish reasons of course but removing him crated one hell of a power vacuum.

Tlaloc on August 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM