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October 28, 2013 - 2:44 pm

This is only true if enough voters make it true.

“Dem Party is F****d.” That was the subject line of an email sent to me Sunday by a senior Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill. The body of the email contained a link to thisLos Angeles Times story about Obamacare “sticker shock:”

“These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.”

“Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama’s signature legislation.”   

The Democratic consultant said none of this is news to him, but he wonders why Obama wasn’t honest with Americans. He predicted surprise and outrage over higher costs and lesser coverage. “We will own this problem forever,” the Democrat wrote.

He “wonders why Obama wasn’t honest with Americans…” That’s one of the more obvious questions before the body politic. Maybe it’s because he’s a dishonest man and the media will never force him to be honest. Maybe it’s because he knew his plan would never pass if he was honest about it. Maybe it’s because strategists like the one who wrote the email have never demanded honesty of Obama or any other Democrat for going on 20 years. Whatever bad thing a Democrat does doesn’t wreck their “good intentions,” and Republicans are the worst form of life in the universe anyway.

Democrats should pay a price for Obamacare, but it’s not a given that they will. Republicans will have to go on offense, and there’s no guarantee that they will.

And then there’s the dishonesty that is pervasive across the entire Democratic Party and grassroots. Even the more honest Democrats like Kirsten Powers admit Obamacare hurts her but she’s still on board with it. If the abortifacient didn’t turn the allegedly pro-life Powers against it, a few bucks a month won’t do it. She won’t turn against it as policy, and neither will the Democrat talking heads who cater to the low-info voter out there. Enough Democrats will kick up enough dust, blaming the insurance companies and even Republicans, that enough voters will remain confused. And there are the dopes out there who think Obamacare is bad while the Affordable Care Act is good, and they don’t think ill of the president who forced the former through Congress. There are so many disconnects going on with this policy that it’s doubtful they can ever all be connected up enough for many voters to grok what’s going on.

But, maybe. Republicans have an opportunity. We predicted that Obamacare would be a disaster. It’s a disaster.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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If the republican leadership was smart (quit laughing, it's hypothetical!), they would already be planning for the post-Obamacare collapse and figuring out two things:

One - how to handle the carnage as millions lose their healthcare coverage and will have the devil's own time getting new coverage.

Two - how to benefit politically from the Post-Obamacare debacle while making sure 100% of the blame rests where it belongs on the heads of Obama and the democrat party.
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Our messaging has been horrible. We have no one that speaks to working class people. This is where we are getting stomped by these tree huggers.....Our messaging has to be at a level that anyone can understand AND the person is charismatic! Huntsman would have been able to handle this. Romney and McCain were horrible choices....
24 weeks ago
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Jonah Goldberg posted a great idea: the GOP needs to send snailmail to all these people getting their plans canceled that says (paraphrasing) "We opposed this when it was being voted on, we tried to get Obama to delay it for a year but he shut down the government instead, and we will do our best to overturn this, if you vote for us".
24 weeks ago
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This is a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to really hurt the neo-communist (democrat/progressive/liberal....whatever) movement and restore our nation to strength and prosperity, but, as TexEd articulates below - the establishment republicans will blow it because they (establishment) do not want to upend the system....just control it so THEY hold the purse strings (aka: POWER). We need to 'weed' the republican party as well as eliminate as many neo-commies as possible. We will not have a better chance than 2014....message is everything - TELL THE TRUTH AND PROVIDE THE FACTS....just that simple, except we need STATESMEN with the 'guts' to carry the torch of liberty into the maelstrom of lies and deceit we know the media will hurl against them. The left has been at war with America for decades, much like the mooslims in the 1990's, but we are NOT at war with them....we do not perceive their coordinated assaults as dangerous or subversive, but as 'different opinions' by people who ALSO love their country....if they ALSO love their country, then why are they trying to 'fundamentally transform' it? That tells me that not only do the neo-commies not "love" their/our country, but they don't even LIKE it...

Remember BENGHAZI!
24 weeks ago
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Alas, the Pubbies will screw this pooch, too. Senile McCain and/or other RINOs will let Bam off the hook and provide cover for the commie/pinkos of the left.
But, it is not unlike another Pubbie failure to but a major burden on the dems; the subject of abortion! A disproportionate number of babies killed by abortion are black. There is good data supporting this fact. Abortion has nothing to do with womens' choice, it is pure and simple, a dem way to murder black babies!
24 weeks ago
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That's why George Soros has jumped ship and started writing checks to Hillary.
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