April 1st, 2014
08:31 AM ET
9 months ago

Republicans hit a nerve when it comes to Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Republicans are going all in, hoping that the payout is big. Like control of the Senate, big.

Their big bet: Obamacare.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Republicans are fighting the last war, 2010. America has learned the truth about Republicans. And, I think that all of the pundits out there are reading the political tea leaves entirely the wrong way. They're applying 2010 results and rationales to today's circumstances, reaching conclusions and predictions from that set of assumptions. Wrong. That reasoning doesn't explain why Democrats won so big in 2006 and 2008. It doesn't fit.

    The mainstream wisdom is saying that liberals only turnout for off year elections, leaving the pickings wide open for conservativs. That's supposed to explain the consrvative wins in 2010. Nope, it doesn't. 2010 was an outlier, with a turnout motivated by an anger that's really never been seen in American national elections. They had anger at the ACA, the POTUS, and life in general. None of it explains the Democratic wins in 2006.

    I think Americans are sick of Republicans and their policies. Democrats won big in 2006 because of Republican bad policies, perceived lies, and condescending tones. It's why Democrats won big in 2008. Along comes the ACA in 2010, and all of the right wing driven, negative talking points. Republicans get a reprieve from the voters, and win big. But, Republicans had misled the public. They ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs", but once elected began a policy of social engineering that was at the same time intrusive, intensive, and extensive. In short, the public felt lied to again. The voters learned their lesson.

    2012. Repubilcans made grand predictions of taking over the White House and sweeping Congress to the right. None of it happened. In fact, the Republicans came out of 2012 in worse shape than when they went it. The voters had learned their lesson. They can no longer trust Republicans. Republicans promise to repeal the ACA, which any fool knows that they cannot possibly do with Barack Obama in the Oval Office. But they make the misleading promise, anyway, hoping to sway the uninformed and to appease their misinformed base. America's not buying into the right wing hyperbole anymore. Just watch in 2014.

    April 1, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. smith

    Sorry GOP, not this year. Obama has been delaying certain parts of the ACA because if he didn`t the dems would lose the senate. The ACA reminds me when B.Clinton made revisions to the community reinvestment act(forcing banks to give home loans to low income people who in the end could not pay). Seemed like a good idea but it ended up causing massive damage to the economy.

    April 1, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Apparently republicans haven't noticed that the favorability for Obamacare is up. While they've focused like a laser beam on distorting the truth of the law, they haven't focused on anything else like the economy, income inequality, minimum wage, etc.

    April 1, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Ron L

    Articles like this really highlight the problems facing America. The Republicans HATE Obamacare, why?? Because they don't want the President to have a legacy that TRULY HELPED the nation without THEIR votes. What is wrong with you people that agree with this position? The Republicans were in charge of both the Senate and Congress for MANY years when insurance premiums were going up 15 to 20% per year and they DID NOTHING!!! Americas heathcare system IS NOT THE BEST, IF YOU CAN"T AFFORD IT!!! They say REPEAL and REPLACE but I have seen few ideas from them that would help the lower middle class or poor. Going to the emergency room does not equate to healthcare. I am just amazed in a country that has so much access to information, how easily people are duped into believing lies from people who make their living delivering half-truths (most politicians) . CHECK the DATA, don't listen to the rhetoric. Since the ACA has been started, premiums have dropped 3 to 5% annually. Once people begin to receive preventive care, tests, stop visiting emergency rooms monthly, the premiums should stabilize even more. Improving healthcare outcomes is a long-term endeavor and we won't see real results for 3 to 5 more years. If the Republicans win the Senate it will be for one reason alone. Moderate rational Americans will have been too lazy to go to the polls and vote.

    April 1, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. TONE

    Come on Dems you have to run on the ACA, and you will win because this thing will become more and more popular the closer we get to the election, it will energise a lot of dems independent, and moderate republicans to come out and vote you will take the house and add to the senate. Informed voters will call their uninformed relatives and debunct republican lies, so you rwnj who think that you are safe in your jerrymandered districts think again the ACA will be your waterloo.

    April 1, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Tony

    "Republicans are going all in, hoping that the payout is big. Like control of the Senate, big.

    Their big bet: Obamacare."

    Their only bet: Obamacare.

    Obamacare hit the 7 million enrollment target yesterday, even though the federal website was not working in the first month. The enrollment number counts only people getting private insurance through the federal and state exchanges. It does not include people getting insurance off the exchanges, people getting Medicaid, or people under 26 getting insurance through their parents.

    The latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll (3/26-3/30) showed that 49% of all adults approve of Obamacare, while 48% oppose.

    Oops.

    April 1, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    GOP is pretty much EXTINCT.

    April 1, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Republicans may win their propoganda war in the short the run and lose the battle in the long run. When the Affordable Care Act becomes a successful program, Republican politicians will hope the public do not remember their obstinate and cold hearted opposition.

    April 1, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    It will be the people that are gonna speak in November. While some of you refuse to see the forest for the trees the "Great Unwashed" are mad. The "Liars and Movers" have only "Hastened" the demise of the Titanic, and didn't man the Fire Hoses as Rome "Burned" to the ground.

    "Obama Care" has been a severe drag on any jobs recovery that is needed. So the Tax Base has gone to hell but the "Big Thinkers" refuse to see it and the National Debt continues to rise. So if all the jobless sign up for Obama Care and have no job who do you think is going to pay for it? Not the "Liars and Movers".

    So what good is it if the jobless sign up with no job. That's the way it was before except more people had jobs, were paying some Taxes and contributing to the economy. Now they ain't because businesses are cautious because they also don't have the money. The people see the end result and it isn't good. So go ahead, try to jam that square peg in that round hole. A repeat of the 1930's is on the horizon, and still some of you can't see it. Hope you have a good retirement plan.

    April 1, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Pete

    Hey republicans are you going to run on jobs,jobs,jobs again..O yah ,that's one you forgot to pass as many others that would of helped America right..Just remember righties it took over 2 years and much more money to roll out Bushs Medicare Part D and nothing but silence from the so called conservatives..Let's hear it hypocrites because your party didn't like it when Roosevelt inacted SocialSecurity or when LBJ came out with Medicare both programs were considered as failures by republicans or as they usually say government handouts like Bushs free cell phone deal you keep associating Pres.Obama with..Please republicans either get straight with facts or say nothing at all,the latter I'd appreciate.

    April 1, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. TONE

    Gurgyl

    GOP is pretty much EXTINCT.

    I totally agree their hands are played out they cannot run on anythig else the ACA worked for them in 2010 not now gop house, and senate are set to be cleaned.

    April 1, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I'm wondering if CNN knows what the phrase " hitting a nerve" actually means? If not you're saying it wrong. Or are you agreeing with the GOP that the WH is cooking the books in regards to the ACA? Hitting a nerve is when someone says something about someone else that is actually the truth. You know like the phrase "truth hurts". I know you guys are bending over for the GOP but your title is almost slanderous if not libelous.

    Liberal news network my eye.

    April 1, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    Do Repubs. KNOW what Obamacare IS ? It's the linking of people who want Health Insurance w/Free Market INSURANCE COMPANIES. Repubs. are Dumb or are intentionally misleading a vulnerable Public=LYING.

    April 1, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Silence DoGood

    If the people come out in numbers, we will stay the progressive course.
    If they don't care to come out, the Koch's will run the show and push us ever closer to a Corporate Theocracy.
    Our choice.

    April 1, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    smith

    Sorry GOP, not this year. Obama has been delaying certain parts of the ACA because if he didn`t the dems would lose the senate. The ACA reminds me when B.Clinton made revisions to the community reinvestment act(forcing banks to give home loans to low income people who in the end could not pay). Seemed like a good idea but it ended up causing massive damage to the economy.
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    None of that is true, and you would know it if you had REAL FACTS.

    The Community Reinvestment Act was signed into law in 1977 by Pres. Jimmy Carter, not Bill Clinton. The right wing loves to blame the poor for the mortgage crisis, which still dogs the economy to this day, on Democrats. Sorry, smith. Republicans are most to blame for the ADDI of 2004. That would be Bush's "American Dream Down Payment Initiative", which literally gave out tens of thousands of dollars to "first time home buyers", which often meant lower middle class families. The grants were made available to ALL CIVIL EMPLOYEES that met income requirements, not just the poor.

    But, it wasn't the loans themselves that blew it up. It was the changes to language written into the mortgages, which the law not only allowed, but encouraged. President Bush encouraged people to enter into mortgage contracts because the new language in the contracts did not require the added expense of hiring a legal advisor. The misleading language was applied across to board to all mortgages, and the rest is history.

    April 1, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. just saying

    TONE
    Come on Dems you have to run on the ACA,
    -–

    i totally agree, but they are running from it and from obama as well. because they are going back and hearing it from their constituents, you know, all those people harry reid called liars.

    April 1, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    I've been praying to the Father in Heaven about Obamacare & what it's trying to accomplish. The Father likes it ! The Father told me that following His Will & doing the Moral Thing is also doing the Smart Thing.

    April 1, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @Randy, San Francisco
    Republicans may win their propaganda war in the short the run and lose the battle in the long run. When the Affordable Care Act becomes a successful program, Republican politicians will hope the public do not remember their obstinate and cold hearted opposition.
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    I fully well expect the GOP to change its tune when that day comes. They have no problem revising history to fit their needs in the present. The conservative propaganda machine is always churning. There are a good number of folks out there that blame Obama for the Iraq war starting and the hurricane Katrina response because of this. And there is even a small group of conservative conspiracy folks that blame Obama for actual physical hurricanes occurring.

    April 1, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. rs

    It will be interesting as we see the faux GOP-inspired anger about the ACA fade over the Spring and Summer what the GOP will do. THIS is their only card, having done nothing positive for Americans for 6 long years- no jobs bills, no infrastructure bills, nothing to help the economy- just lots 'o whine- and a few assaults on the culture war fronts (their anti-voter, anti-women agendas, that they'll likely come to regret).
    What will the GOP run on? They're record of nothing from the recent past? The brilliance of Mr. G.W. Bush? Hey how about the warmth of Herbert Hoover...?

    April 1, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |