Four years after the passage of the health care reform law and the subsequent “shellacking” in the 2010 midterm election, Democrats say they are not shying away from the Obamacare fight, even as Republicans make it the centerpiece of their 2014 campaign.
In a new memo, Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee takes aim at the Republican strategy for the fall, saying that with the law now implemented, the GOP is for the first time running on a platform of taking away existing benefits. The messaging follows the party’s loss in special election in Florida’s 13th congressional district earlier this month, where a Republican barrage of anti-Obamacare ads tanked Democrat Alex Sink. But Democrats are pointing a recent incident in which New Hampshire GOP Senate hopeful Scott Brown was confronted by Republicans who are benefiting from the law as a sign of things to come.
“That’s the choice voters have in November: between Republicans who voted over 50 times to take away your rights and go back to the days when insurance companies could cancel your coverage on a whim; and Democrats who will protect a law that is working for millions of Americans and make sure it works even better,” Elleithee said.
The memo comes in advance of a joint conference call Friday by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and the heads of the party’s House and Senate campaign committees to mark the four-year anniversary of the law and discuss its potential impact on 2014 races.
The full memo is below: