TO: Interested Parties
FR: DCCC Executive Director Kelly Ward
RE: ACA Repeal Weighing Down Republicans in 2014
DT: February 26, 2014
Time and again, national Republicans have predicted they will gain a significant number of seats in 2014 because of their position on the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately for House Republicans, their fixation on repealing the ACA comes at their own peril in 2014, as the
political landscape around the Affordable Care Act has shifted in Democrats’ fav
or. Democrats are now on offense over the Affordable Care Act, putting Republicans on their heels over the costs of their plan to repeal the law altogether.
Americans are rejecting
Republicans’ repeal agenda
both nationally and in swing districts, where voters want to see the Affordable Care Act fixed and improved, not repealed. This is the long-held position of Democrats, while Republicans have a history of nearly 50 votes to dismantle the
law. Americans understand that Republicans’ repeal would
take us back to the days when insurance companies could do whatever they wanted to raise rates, deny care and drop coverage
and they don’t
On Election Day, voters will ask themselves who is on their side: Democrats who are fighting for the middle class, or Republicans who are relentlessly focused on repealing the Affordable Care Act at the expense of middle class families and seniors.
Democratic ACA Offense
calls “an aggressive new strategy” to
address the problems with the law, suggest fixes and highlight the costs of Republi
cans’ repeal. “A memo from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee distributed to
candidates and consultants suggested possible lines of attack, such as accusing a Republican who voted to
repeal the health law of wanting “to go back to the days when
insurance companies could charge women more than men for the same coverage, and treat pregnancy as a pre-existing condition.
“The Democrats say they must try to blend criticism and optimism w
hen talking about
the law. ‘You have to acknowledge there were problems,’ said Representative Steve
Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
‘You can’t sugarcoat it. If you sugarcoat it, you lose all credibility. […]
Once you acknowledge it, you have tell voters that you want to fix it and improve it
but not repeal it
and remind them specifically of how a Republican repeal will hurt them.’”
recently reported, Democrats’ strategy is to point out the myriad ways that Republicans’ repeal would hurt Americans, from raising prescription drug prices to giving
insurance companies free rein over care.