Vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection have a new strategy to deflect attention from their support of Obamacare and all of its failures and delays – abandon the defense line and just pledge to fix it.
That was the message from Democratic pollster Celinda Lake in Washington on Tuesday, who analyzed the results of a George Washington University Battleground Poll and said that voters don’t want the system scrapped they want it repaired.
“In terms of Obamacare, don’t defend it, say it was flawed from the beginning, and we’re going to fix it,” said Lake at a poll briefing hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
“Say, we’re not going to go back to the days of leaving you on your own with the insurance companies,” Lake advised.
Colorado’s Democratic Sen. Mark Udall had the playbook in action the following day telling KOA-AM that he stood by his vote for Obamacare, it just needed a little fixing.
Asked if he had the chance to do it all over again to vote for Obamacare, Udall confirmed, “I would do it again, yes.”
“We had a broken system, we had a system that allowed insurance companies to drop people with no notice and refuse coverage so in the end we had to act,” Udall said.
“In the end we did the right thing. The law is far from perfect, my focus is on making it work for Colorado,” Udall said.
Lake’s advice was timely as the Obama administration announced another delay in the Affordable Care Act Tuesday night, this time the March 31 deadline for open enrollment to avoid a fine has been extended until mid-April.
The administration appears desperate to get more people to sign up for the program to make it viable, now using gifs of puppies, kittens and a panda to market Obamacare to young folks.
The strategy to retreat from the defense line and instead carry the banner of restoration is an interesting one.
But how will Udall defend the fact that Senate Democrats have repeatedly refused to take up more than 50 bills passed by House Republicans to tweak, revamp or repeal the broken system?