Our View: Udall Follows New Script on Obamacare

March 27, 2014

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?

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5 Responses to Our View: Udall Follows New Script on Obamacare

  1. Bob Terry
    March 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    This current Administration, along with the Senate,and the democratic house,along with Nancy Pelosi stating, “We have to pass the Bill, so you can know whats in it”. And no one read the damn thing. This Government, couldn’t fix a sandwich, let alone enact and make sure this is a smooth running program.

    Every Democrat, now blames, the Republican, or that wasn’t what they voted for. Now Mark Udall says he wasn’t there? Really Mark, you were recorded, as the last unanimous vote, at the Capitol. “But I’ll vote for it again!!”.

    This guy is so phony, it make me want to puke. Come on Colorado, do we really want this guy back for another term? I don’t, he deserves a shove out the door. He and Maggie, maybe can hire on with AL Gore.

    • Brian McFarlane
      March 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Apparently his supporter says what Udall was actually saying was if he where there now, you know like if he was back at that time and place with the info he has now, he would do things differently.

      Yea, riiight but he also states that he would still vote for it now. I guess Udall just couldn’t articulate what he really meant?? Again… as if he read the bill then or now?? I haven’t seen anything from him in the Senate about doing “things differently”.

  2. PeterP
    March 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Udall reminds me of a drunk driver that just took out a family and then says he would do it again. He will blame the booze, the family’s inferior car or the cops but he will never accept responsibility. By voting for a 2000 plus page law that he never read, he unleashed a cancer on our health care system.
    How can he “fix” something as destructive as the Obamacare cancer? You can’t fix it Mark, you kill it! You had your chance to save us from this government takeover but you did not have the courage to vote against your party. Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out.


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