ObamaCare blowback

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Great piece in the Boston Globe titled “ObamaCare blowback” by Jeff Jacoby outlining the litany of actions that opponents of the national health care law have highlighted to express concerns about new regulations.

It certainly has been interesting to watch how the bill has played out on the campaign trail. Predictably most Republican candidates have attacked the new law mercilessly, and if they flip the House come November, they better have a good plan B to explain to the American people why they are unable to repeal the law. Even with huge GOP gains, the White House health care team will breathe a sigh of relief when they know the House Republicans stay below 290 and/or the Senate Republicans stay below 67. Both very likely outcomes come November.

Jacoby gives us a flavor for how incumbent conservative/moderate Democrats that voted against the bill are handling the issue.  I have to agree that South Dakota’s Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has the best ad.

If my memory serves me correctly, a small handful of Democrats have run pro-health care overhaul ads, but they are usually small buys.

According to Politico, as of mid-September:

In the last two weeks, there has been $1.6 million spent on anti-health reform television ads at the state level, compared with $79,510 on pro-reform spending, according to a tally from Evan Tracey of Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group.

Regardless of the ratio of spending on either side, I would advise opponents of the law, that in order to maintain a sense of intellectual honesty following the election, it would be wise to follow the sentiment of a recent Jonathan Cohn piece. (Senior Editor of The New Republic ) They should check the details of a story before jumping to causation arguments due to Obamacare that might not hold up.  There are plenty of rocks to throw, why use an egg that may end up on your face instead.