In response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bizarre declaration that all ObamaCare horror stories are false, and all the people lodging complaints are liars, the National Republican Senatorial Committee put together a devastating video that hits Reid with the weapon every ObamaCare-defending Democrat fears most: the truth. Short, simple, and damn near nuclear:
The media loves to give Reid a pass for these nasty little smear jobs, but this time he’s run afoul of the very same personalization Democrats are normally good at exploiting for their advantage. There are too many ObamaCare horror stories, too many ordinary Americans with names and faces; the magnitude of deception and failure built into this bill is too large to be ignored. If there was any winning play for the Democrats in 2014, slandering all of these people as liars was not it. They won’t be intimidated into silence, either.
The fate of the nation really shouldn’t be decided by individual anecdotes; gigantic programs which effect millions of lives should not be judged in a contest between a dozen people who really like them, and a dozen people who hate them. But such individual anecdotes have enormous currency in politics today, and no one has spent that currency more freely than the Obama Democrats, who have reduced the use of human props at press conferences to near-parody. They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t think it was working, so of course they’re uncomfortable when the same tactic is turned back against them.
In the case of ObamaCare, the weight of bulk data is also behind opponents. There’s a good reason happy stories from satisfied customers are hard to come by. A stunning CBS News / New York Times poll this week found only six percent of Americans claiming to support the Affordable Care Act in its current form, while support for full repeal was 42 percent.
That leaves a lot of people in the middle, guardedly willing to accept the continued existence of ObamaCare with significant changes made… but one of the changes they seem most interested in is repeal of the individual mandate, which would effectively wipe out the entire system. The number of people who would voluntarily participate in ObamaCare, because they like it, is extremely small.
We might be about to find out exactly what happens if the individual mandate is nullified, because House Republicans are looking to vote next week on a bill called the “Simple Fairness Act,” which would reduce the mandate penalty to zero for the next year. Given the number of illegal mandate waivers President Obama has unilaterally extended to business, Democrats might find stopping this bill a bit awkward.
Interesting side note about the NRSC ad from Guy Benson at Townhall:
If you’re wondering why the ad doesn’t actually feature Reid’s remarks, Senate rules severely restrict campaign committees’ ability to use floor footage in ads. This strikes me as a bizarre and anachronistic regulation, but the rules are the rules. Unless, of course, you break them to accumulate more political power, which is how Reid rolls.
That would go a long way toward explaining why Reid pulls so many of his sleazy little hit jobs from the Senate floor.