Dem group praises Democrat for blasting Obamacare rollout
January 16th, 2014
04:32 PM ET
8 months ago

Dem group praises Democrat for blasting Obamacare rollout

Updated 5:42 p.m. ET, 1/16/2014

(CNN) - A group that backs House Democratic incumbents and candidates released a new ad Thursday that praises a Democratic congresswoman for blasting the "stunning ineptitude" of the Affordable Care Act rollout.

"Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick blew the whistle on the disastrous healthcare website, called it 'stunning ineptitude,' and worked to fix it," the narrator says in the ad.

The spot was released by House Majority PAC, a group that's trying to help Democrats retake control the House of Representatives.

Following the bungled launch of HealthCare.gov and declining approval ratings for the President, one of the big questions for the 2014 midterm elections became how vulnerable Democrats will address the new health care law.

"There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they're running or not, because they stood up and supported this effort through thick and thin," the President said at a November press briefing.

Obama added that he felt "deeply responsible for making it harder for them rather than easier for them."

While the ad points out the shaky rollout of the marketplace, it endorses the law's provision that requires insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions.

Kirkpatrick represents Arizona's First Congressional District, a vast area that covers the northeast part of the state. It's one of the targeted seats that Republicans are hoping to turn red.

Kirkpatrick was first elected to Congress in 2008, but lost re-election in 2010 in large part due to her support for Obamacare. After the districts were redrawn, she ran again in 2012 and won.

Now Kirkpatrick is facing another tough battle. Three Republicans have already declared their campaigns, including two state representatives.

The Cook Political Report rates the seat as a "toss-up," while the Rothenberg Political Report rates it as a "toss-up/tilt Democratic."

Republicans were quick Thursday to highlight the new spot's criticism of Obamacare.

"So are Democrats finally admitting ObamaCare is a failure?" the National Republican Congressional Committee wrote in a blog post.

Quentin Cantu, a researcher at the Republican super PAC America Rising, tweeted: "House Majority PAC running ads on "disastrous" ObamaCare rollout. This is what @NancyPelosi meant when she said that they would run on it?"

Andy Stone, communications director for House Majority PAC, defended the ad.

"The level of foaming-at-the-mouth fervor from Republicans obviously shows just how effective the ad is," he said.

"The bottom line is the critical new protections put in place would disappear and insurance companies would be put back in charge of health care decisions under the Republican repeal plan."

The commercial will run for a week in Arizona starting Friday.


Filed under: Arizona • House Majority PAC
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    A Politician speaking Truth ? That IS News.

    January 16, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. just asking

    gotta love it! democrats acting like they had nothing to do with it. btw, the problem with obamacare isn't just the failed web site. it is the entire law and its destruction of our existing healthcare system. democrats are totally and solely responsible for that. your paybackcoming in november.

    January 16, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. John Duresky

    Yes, I'd much rather have the government in charge of health care decisions. Certainly the last thing I want is to be in charge of my own health care decisions.

    January 16, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    Who cares what she SAID. If she isn't ready to repeal this Obamacare disaster then she needs to get thrown overboard, along with the rest of her far left ilk.

    January 16, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. loadmaster3

    The damage is already done. Americans know the names od all those that rallied behind BarryCare. This smokescreen of now opposing it will not work. November can't get here soon enough!

    January 16, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    This is a total bull. ACA IS A LAW. The web site is already fixed. Nothing is wrong with this law. The problems lie with GOP garbage. This law is a national NEED–I mean dire need.

    January 16, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    The republicans and these democrats certainly would not want to ruin a health care system ranked 38th in the world, costs more than other quality care in other countries, and leaves 45 million Americans uninsured.

    January 16, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Hey Just Asking- there's a good article in Time about the Rep. Recchi Family from Ohio who would disagree with you. It has something to do w/CANCER. Read it.

    January 16, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. smith

    Another dem jumping the ship. The dems were right as far as the healthcare system needing to be fixed. However, instead of fixing the healthcare system they made it worse. Liberals always say in defense of the ACA, "What is the GOP`s plan, at least we are trying". Well, I would rather see no plan then a plan that makes the situation worse.

    January 16, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. jinx9to88

    @ sonny chapman
    Hey Just Asking- there's a good article in Time about the Rep. Recchi Family from Ohio who would disagree with you. It has something to do w/CANCER. Read it.

    ------–

    Your so Hilarious you have ONE example? Look up John Doe in Florida that can now get insurance even though he has a pre-existing condition. Point I am making is that every person that the law may not help, there is someone benefiting from the LAW. SO your argument makes no sense. Typical GOP garbage!!!

    January 16, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Ol' Yeller

    "The level of foaming-at-the-mouth fervor from Republicans obviously shows just how effective the ad is,"

    If getting republicants to the foam at the mouth is a measure of effectiveness, then we should just make Obama King of the World.... our problems would be solved. j/k (not really)- with the exception of giving ALL of our taxpayer revenues to a few uber wealthy families and CEO's of multi billion dollar corporations.... everything makes republicants foam at the mouth.
    It's really easy... I do it everyday.

    January 16, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Everything about Obama is inept.

    January 16, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    And liberals actually think they have a chance in next election! That's funny! I hope they do keep winning so we see how crappy the USA gets and then people will wake up

    January 16, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Abbey

    Nothing but fodder. Ask this same group if they care to pull the law? Yea that's right, not but silence!

    January 16, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey morons, Obama didn't design the site, and I wonder where the GOP healthcare site is???????

    January 16, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. don in albuquerque

    @just asking-Our health care system ranks around 35th in the world. We are ranked right behind several third world countries. You think our health care system needs to be saved? Americans pay more out of pocket then anyone else in the world for less. It is riddled with greed and corruption. But apparently that is okay wit you. Under the old plan just do us all a favor when you get sick and die quickly and quietly,

    January 16, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Now we need to talk about unemploment issue

    Reopen unemploment

    January 16, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    @Rick McDaniel–how about Bush, Reagan that we're drain on USA. No president passed–ventured and dared enough to pass this USA need, yes, he did pass. It is a law. You put up or shut up.

    January 16, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @John Duresky
    Yes, I'd much rather have the government in charge of health care decisions. Certainly the last thing I want is to be in charge of my own health care decisions.
    -----------–
    Classic mythology from the right. In MY country (USA), the ACA is regulating insurance, not health care decisions. It is nice when you can make up a situation to attack with canned answers but reality is where we live.

    January 16, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    The web site was problematic. Leave it to the Dems to be introspective and call out problems honestly, unlike the lock-step GOP.

    January 16, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Me

    "The bottom line is the critical new protections put in place would disappear and insurance companies would be put back in charge of health care decisions under the Republican repeal plan."
    _______
    Really, the law REQUIRES every citizen to buy insurance from these INSURANCE COMPANIES giving them MORE power than they had before!!! Would have been MUCH better if the law just outlawed dropping sick people, outlawing lifetime caps, etc, and expanded Medicaid/Medicare and left the rest of us alone!! Again, 85% of America was HAPPY with their insurance!!!! Man, liberals are nuts!

    January 16, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. sonnie3

    Right aca is a law alright, A very, Very BAD law.

    January 16, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. sonnie3

    All will turn out ok sooner or later.

    January 16, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    @smith–And thinking like you just espoused would put us right back about 1860.

    January 16, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. billy=jean

    2 wrongs don't make it right fix it if u feel that way.

    January 16, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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