Washington (CNN) – House Democrats who voted against one of the Obama administration's signature policy initiatives – health care reform – are now cashing in on their no votes by using campaign ads to highlight their opposition to the legislation.
In March, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership scrambled to find the votes necessary to ensure the passage of the health care bill, one of the most important parts of the political calculus was which of the most vulnerable Democrats would be allowed to cast their votes against the legislation, thereby increasing their chances of reelection in 2010.
And now a few of the no voters – there are 34 Democrats in total who voted no – are starting to highlight their votes against the health care bill, a position that is likely to pay dividends amid a tough political climate and the president's declining poll numbers.
The latest Democrat to do so is Rep. Walt Minnick, the conservative Democrat running for reelection in Idaho's 1st district.
"A lifetime of business has taught me to count every penny and worry about passing on debt to our kids," Minnick says in his latest ad. "These values are rare back in Washington these days. I've had to say no far more than I've had to say yes. I've said no to big government spending, I've said no to President Obama's big health care plan and no to Wall Street bailouts."
Minnick defied the odds in 2008, winning a string of counties that backed John McCain over Barack Obama, and is facing state Republican Raul Labrador this year in a contest likely to test the Democrat.
Reps. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota and Glenn Nye of Virginia have also touted their opposition to the health care bill in recent ads.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted in August suggest the health care bill remains unpopular, partly because of the new mandate that all Americans must have health insurance (56 percent oppose the mandate).
Other provisions in the new bill are popular, however. Nearly six in ten, for example, favor restrictions on insurance companies that require them to cover people who become seriously ill or who have a pre-existing condition.
Overall, 56 percent oppose the new law, but not all of that opposition is likely to turn into votes against Democrats in November. Among those who oppose the legislation, 41 percent oppose the health care law because it is too liberal. But another 13 percent oppose the law because it was not liberal enough.
I hope every last one of these yellow "blue dogs" loses their seat.
Spin those numbers until you get dizzy Gomer.Most REAL AMERICANS wanted SINGLE PAYER or PUBLIC OPTION,and thats a FACT.This was sausage made by scumbag lobbyists.OUTLAW LOBBYISTS.
So basically what you are saying is these democrats knew that the citizenry would be strongly opposed to the health care bill and maneuvered vulnerable reps into a position so they could vote against it, not because they opposed it but to improve their odds at re-election?
Thanks for the info. One more reason NOT to vote for them.
This is funny. In Missouri, Robin Carnahan, the Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate is essentially running as a Republican.
Hard to understand why anybody would vote against health care reform unless you are a rich rethug (or dino) member of congress who doesn't have to worry about money or healthcare for the rest of their lives.
The rest of us be damned. They could care less.
Every Blue-Dog that voted NO for Healthcare, will be voted out of office, in our state (a red state) our Blue-dog congressman is being challenged by a REAL Democrat.
BTW folks, the Democrats are reporting and I quote "Five new poll show House Democrats leading or tied in races targeted by Republicans."
In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!
Great, so it is clear they understand the reason the Republicans had to say NO so often and YES to what the American people want. The party of NO to wasting money and passing debt to our kids..
It appears they FINALLY get it, oh wait maybe they will say this is OK for a Democrat and still try to paint the Republicans in a bad light. NAAAA they would NEVER do that would they??
Unfortunately, many Americans still have no real understanding of the health insurance reform. By now people should clearly understand the reasons for change. The fox, talk radio and the other propaganda stations, the well paid agitators and the liars are on the health insurance cartel’s payroll just to create confusion. We must understand that without a sound HC system, like Germanys or Japans, America can not compete effectively in today’s world markets. We must eliminate the overpaid middleman to reduce our HC cost.