Health Care

John Avlon Hosts – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon talks about Republican’s efforts to repeal Heath Care and other political topics of the day as he hosts CNN’s Out Front on July 2, 2012.

Medi-Scare: Now Ryan Budget Has Republicans Fear-Mongering Too – The Daily Beast

Republicans have long complained about Democrats playing the Medi-Scare card—trying to scare senior citizens about the affects of entitlement reform.

The most vivid example of this ugly political ploy might have been the 2011 ad showing “Paul Ryan” literally pushing Grandma off a cliff.

Well, now the real Paul Ryan is on the Republican ticket and the Medi-Scare attacks are flowing—but surprisingly, from both sides. Read More…

Mediscare Tactics – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon talks to the Obama campaign Press Secretary Ben Labolt about the ‘mediscare’ attacks.


Repeal or Replace, GOP Health Care Plans – OutFront – CNN

Outfront tonight: Republicans in a corner over health care.

The Supreme Court battle may be over, but has the political and policy war just begun?

The House of Representatives has already scheduled a vote to repeal health care reform next week, a vote that will go nowhere considering the Senate is still controlled by Democrats. But Senate Republicans have pledged to follow through on the repeal it if they take back the Senate this fall.

The conservative base is firmly aligned against the health care law. Mitt Romney is campaigning on a pledge to “repeal and replace.” We all saw the sign on his podium last Thursday.

But over the weekend, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was dismissive when asked what happens after repeal. But we have to ask — what would his party do about the 30 million uninsured Americans? When pressed for specifics, even Mitt Romney’s own campaign has struggled to stay on message.

We get it. We know what you are not going to do. We know what you are against. But what are you for? After you repeal, what do you replace it with?


A New War on Healthcare Begins – OutFront – CNN

GOP plans to fight for Obamacare repeal in Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court has made their ruling on Obamacare, but in Congress, the fight to repeal and replace the controversial health care reform law is just beginning. OutFront tonight: Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York.

Mitt Romney’s Empty Obamacare-Repeal Rhetoric – The Daily Beast

Right off the top, Romney delivered one of the tightest lines of his campaign: “What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States. And that is, I will act to repeal Obamacare.”

It went downhill from there. Careful to repeat the word “Obamacare” some 18 times throughout his brief remarks, Romney was careless with the facts in his rebuttal.

Maybe it is the inherent awkwardness of the fact that Romney’s major governmental accomplishment is an individual mandate-driven health-care plan, but his response was fear- rather than fact-based. This is consistent with the “attack and distract” strategy he has deployed when it comes to policy during his general-election campaign. Read More…

When Medi-Scare Wins, Americans Lose – The Daily Beast

Medi-scare works.

That’s the cynical lesson politicos in both parties will take from Democrat Kathy Hochul’s NY-26 special election victory on Tuesday. And that’s bad news for the nation.

We’ve seen a rise in fear-mongering policy attacks in American politics since the “death panel” slurs that disfigured the health-care reform debates in 2009. Some Democrats see the pushback against Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan as their chance for revenge.

One ad this special election cycle was as ugly as anything aired in recent years, portraying a Paul Ryan stand-in literally pushing Grandma off a cliff. Read More…

Scary New GOP Poll – The Daily Beast

On the heels of health care, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about Obama: Two-thirds think he’s a socialist, 57 percent a Muslim—and 24 percent say “he may be the Antichrist.”

To anyone who thinks the end of the health-care vote means a return to civility, wake up.
Obama Derangement Syndrome—pathological hatred of the president posing as patriotism—has infected the Republican Party. Here’s new data to prove it…

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