Just how angry are voters over ObamaCare? So angry that Democrats will be running against it — and not just Democrats, but also their PACs. The House Majority PAC, which declares its mission to be “holding Republicans accountable and helping Democrats win seats in the House,” defends Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in part by emphasizing her outrage to “the disastrous healthcare website”:
In fact, the ad hilariously claimed that Kirkpatrick “blew the whistle” on Healthcare.gov by quoting a statement made by the Democrat decrying the “stunning ineptitude” of HHS on … November 15th … in a press release. By that time, the “stunning ineptitude” had been obvious for more than six weeks. No one needed Kirkpatrick to “blow the whistle,” and in any case, this was less a case of whistleblowing than an exercise in ass-covering.
What doesn’t the ad note? Well, it misses the fact that Kirkpatrick voted for ObamaCare in 2010, and has consistently voted against repeal. It misses the fact that Kirkpatrick will continue to be an obstacle in getting rid of the law that upended the individual market for health insurance, and will create even more disruption this fall when the mandates hit the employer/group market.
Mostly, though, this is intriguing because of who’s paying for it. We expected individual Democratic incumbents to feign opposition to ObamaCare this fall, but having a significant Democratic Party PAC do it takes the flim-flammery to new heights — and so early in the cycle, too. What happened to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ repeated statements of confidence in Democrats running on ObamaCare in 2014?
Update: And what was that “stunning ineptitude” statement’s overall purpose?
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Yeah, that’s flim-flammery, all right. Here’s the House Majority PAC’s real strategy: