Dems look to turn ObamaCare tables on GOP in ’18

October 2, 2017

Republicans have hammered Democrats over ObamaCare for the better half of a decade, riding promises to repeal the law into majorities in both the House and Senate.

But now Democrats plan to turn the tables on the GOP, using the GOP’s failed attempts to repeal ObamaCare as a cudgel in the 2018 midterms.

“I think the message is really simple here: As long as Republicans control Congress, your health care is on the chopping block,” said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), House Democrats’ campaign arm.

Democrats want to put that issue front and center, arguing that the GOP effort would cause millions more people to lose insurance and hurt sick Americans.

27 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Pete Bundy says:

    For eight years the cry has been we need this and we need that. Well the republicans finally got this that and the other and after 8 long years have zilch to show. Promise after promise made and then broken. Try to call your representative and you get an answering machine which I suspect is erased every couple hours or a clueless staffer. The only way to break this cycle is get rid of established RINO’s and suspected RINO’s and put conservatives in.

  • dmttbt says:

    The term democrat and republican mean nothing. There is little or no difference between one crook and the other. We are sitting around accepting the fact that it has to be one or the other. Independents who have not yet sold their sole would be great. I have no respect for either party and I don’t see a independent candidate taking the chance on being against the others at risk of his life.

    1. metheoldsarge says:

      Only difference is the name. The American Communist Party wanted a Socialist America. The Democrats want a Socialist America. The RINO Republicans want a Socialist America. The only difference is that the Communists were up front about it.

  • metheoldsarge says:

    There are two things the GOP can’t get through their thick boneheaded RINO skulls:

    1. Trump and the Republicans were elected and/or reelected to repeal Obamacare. Not try to fix it or amend it.

    2. We voters did not vote for a watered down, quick fix, throw together, doctored up, Obamacare band-aid that Congress will, most likely, exempt themselves from.

    I suspect their promise to repeal, for the last six years of the Obama Administration, and during the 2016 campaign, was just to try and earn brownie points with the voters. Senator Cornyn, admitted there was no intention of a repeal. If the GOP were sincere, they would have started work on a replacement after the election. or worked on it for the last six years. They obviously didn’t do either. Trump winning the White House caught them all flat footed because they expected a Hillary win.

    In 1988, George H. W. Bush said “Read my lips” and we all know what happened in 1992 as a result of that broken promise. This time the Democrats and RINOs weren’t even smart enough to put it all on Trump like Congress did to Bush in 1992. GOP has done everything to disappoint me and nothing to impress me. They are working hard to make sure that one of the biggest campaign promises of 2016 will not be kept. A conservative Majority in Congress is a joke. The Liberals never lost control.

  • Virginia Pepe says:

    All I read is that the republicans in congress don’t want Mr Trump to succeed then vote them out pf office staring in November

    1. metheoldsarge says:

      I hope the recent actions of RINOs do not make voters vote Democrat. We need to send those old career politicians, from both parties, into forced retirement. Should that mean replacing them with the other party? If course not! What this country has been caught in is a good old fashioned rut. One party makes all kinds of promises. When they get elected they go back to business as usual. The voters get mad and vote in the other party. Again we get business as usual. What they all fail to realize is that you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. Primaries are the alternative.

      Voters in Arizona had a golden opportunity to replace McCain with another Republican last year in the state primaries and blew it big time. Flake and a few Senate RINOs and every RINO in the House is up for reelection next year. Get them in the primaries. That is what happened to Arlin Specter, Tom Foley and Eric Cantor. They lost their seats in the Primaries. RINO Ryan is going to be challenged in the primaries next year. Perhaps if a lot more voters and potential candidates started using the primary tool, we may not even need term limits. I say re-elect no one. Fire them all.

      1. dmttbt says:

        On term limits I say put them on trial for the crimes they have committed and then prison with no pension.

      2. Pete Bundy says:

        You can toss Thom Tillis into that mix of RINO’s as well. He is all for amnesty, will not repeal and replace Obamacare but wants to tweak it a little. This is not what these so called republicans were sent up there to to do.

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  • Big Ed says:

    I think the Republicans were warned that failure to repeal and replace Obamacare would have serious repercussions, but the Republicans were too stupid to listen. The article says that Democrats intend to take advantage of the Republican’s failure. It would be an excellent time for replacement Republicans to run, as well, and use the same argument as the Democrats do. It would be great if we could get rid of a RINO and get an honest to God conservative as a replacement.

  • The Redhawk says:

    Well all the (D) Anarchists have to do is to Remain a Minority so that SCHMUCK the crying CLOWN can continue to RUN the Senate and MC Turtle stays as Majority Leader unable to pass anything that comes from the HOUSE….

  • barbarakelly says:

    The Dems are nothing but a bunch of money grubbers can’t even help the people on getting us a better healthcare. For the DEMS—-hope the rot and get defeated big time. They are low lives.

  • NoCoincidences says:

    The demonrats will do exactly what they have done for the past 10 years- Flip the script on the Republicants, just as they have done repeatedly. And true to form, republicants will assume the position of surprise from the identical scam the demonrats have perpetrated on them 20 thousand times prior. Willful ignorance, or blatant stupidity? Most likely a bit of both..

  • Leslie Woodhull says:

    The Repubs in the Senate DO NOT WANT TRUMP TO SUCCEED!! HE’S NOT ONE OF THEM! HE’S NOT “ONE OF THE BOYS”, “ONE OF THE ELITE “. They are doing everything they can to KEEP HIM FROM SUCCEEDING AND YOU DESTROY HIM so that NO ONE FROM THE OUTSIDE EVER DOES THIS AGAIN!! Can you imagine if they allowed him – an outsider- to come in and school them in how to get things done when they’ve been so successful in FOOLING YOU – the American people, with the idea that it’s “TOO HARD” or “IF WE ONLY HAD THE HOUSE OF REP” or “IF WE HAD THE SENATE” or “GIVE US THE WH”!! WELL THEY’VE GOT ALL THREE BUT THEY GOT THE ONE PERSON WHO WON’T LET THEM DO BUSINESS AS USUAL-DONALD TRUMP!! THEY CAN’T LET HIM SUCCEED!!! SO OUT THEY GO!! GET RID OF MCCONNELL, RYAN AND ANYONE ELSE WHO STANDS IN TRUMPS WAY!!

  • DrBillLemoine says:

    Republicans after 6 years of ‘repeal and replace’ have now to pay the piper. Since the basic plan is Romneycare writ large, there is no ‘replacement’ combined with their campaigning on a simple slogan for years. They have not controlled congress till now with the presidency so multiple ‘repeal’ votes they know have come to naught. Now controlling all government they have no viable repeal and replacement and must face the music in 2018 and 2020. Simple solution–fix and upgrade Obamacare, even calling it Trumpcare, is the answer but that means bipartisan passage and the far right won’t yield any ground to it having painted themselves as saviors to government expansion. While there are an estimated 20% of voters who follow this slogan and representatives who are not in the majority, ‘repeal and replace’ must be replaced by ‘fix and upgrade’ to save their majorities in upcoming elections. We can see clearly how bipartisanship is the way to go, so rigid ideologues in office must go next.

    1. Jmanjo says:

      There are replacement plans but a few Republicans and all the Democrats are holding up approving the bills. Correctly so, they should have had an acceptable bill ready but the like of McCain and Collins, etc are holding out and I’m not sure those two understand how the bills work and we know from experience NO body knew hot Obamacare worked and still don’t. Media can pot shot Republicans but the ACA regardless is still failing., no matter what the Dems says. Remember what Pelosi said…just approve the bill you can read it later…what a damn fool!

      1. DrBillLemoine says:

        I’d have to say your ‘replacement’ plans are not healthcare oriented, only wealth transference bills from the sickly to the wealthy, Medicaid funds cut for tax cuts. That’s not ‘replacement’ as ordinary folks understand it, and definitely not replacement for the 32 million projected people who would be denied coverage under your Senate and House bills. Those are ideological funds transference bills, not healthcare at all. Compassionate people are not in favor of either Trump (McConnell) healthcare bills or Ryancare bill, your Dems and ONLY 3 Republicans with heart.
        BTW nobody but insiders, backroom bill drafters, knew what was in those bills till the last minute and they weren’t given regular order committee hearings because they AREN’T healthcare. At least everybody could read (admittedly not Republicans) the Obamacare bills, but Republican amendments and suggestions were poison pill, kill the benefits ideas. Your estimate of people knowing the bill isn’t shared by the 20+ million subscribers yearly–at least till Trump started sabotaging enrollments. YOU may not know how the existing law works but those 20 million do and enrolled for good benefits. The way forward if moderate Republicans grow a backbone is to join Dems and resolve the real problems facing Obamacare, fairly simple to do and already in the air, not withdraw from the field licking their wounds. Your partisan shot at Pelosi is simply passe as concerned people want regular order so they CAN read the bill, not excuse their ignorance as you just did. The fools are those who voted on a non-healthcare bill in either house of congress and refuse to solve real problems. Beyond your apologies for Republicans, McConnell, Ryan and non-readers of the right, what is your position?

  • Doug says:

    Sounds like the Republicans ought to pass a great healthcare bill to try to save their jobs. The Senate has proven such a disappointment, they need to pass a great tax reform also. Most need great challengers in the primaries and then we need to retire much of the Establishment incumbents of both parties.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      The problem is the republicans don’t write great bills and don’t want to work with the democrats to get things done. We need a bipartisan group to create legislation that can pass with votes from both parties. Someone needs to start a one nation movement with a pledge to work with each other for the good of the country. Take a page from Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform book.

      1. Pete says:

        The only time progressives call for bipartisan cooperation is when they have lost their shirt in the previous election.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          I hate to break this to you but history doesn’t agree with you. And there are two sides to that coin, Do you see the republicans trying to work with the democrats right now even though they know the will have to if they want anything done. This us vs. them and winners and loser thing has to end. Every time there is a loser the country loses. We are one nation and until our politicians start acting like it we are in deep trouble as a nation. “A house divide against its self can not stand.”

    2. Pete says:

      Many of the elite GOP Senators are actually more in tune with the progressive democrats than they are with the Trump voters. For many of them the only time a big federal government is bad is when the other party controls it.

      1. The Redhawk says:

        Have you seen ANY difference between (D) onkey arses and (R) epugnants?? Both are BOUGHT by the very same Special Interests, Unions, and Foreign Gumnits!! and only work to get Re elected, the Contributions from above mentioned and the HECK WITH WE THE PUBLIC!!! Are we FED UP YET???

          1. The Redhawk says:


      2. dmttbt says:

        That is because Trump wants the people to get a fair deal and the politicians do not. That covers both parties or should I just say crime families.

    3. The Redhawk says:

      after 8 years of Crying and promising a Repeal and replacement plan they had NOTHING TO PRESENT for a signature…What makes any of us HOPE that the GOP can came up in ONE year???

      Time for a MAGA party to replace these GOP RINO Slugs in the CESSPOOL

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