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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Eight-time loser Robert Shrum recommends that Democrats run on ObamaCare

Christian Science Monitor (podcast):

Democrats can’t run away from Obamacare. They own it. So in the spirit of “if you can’t beat it, join it,” Democrats might do best in the fall midterms by going on offense. And that means touting the popular aspects of the health-care law.

That, in a nutshell, is the argument of veteran Democratic strategist Robert Shrum, who sees a conventional wisdom setting in that Democrat Alex Sink lost a winnable special House election in Florida last week because of Obamacare. She argued for “fixing it, not repealing it.”

People keep forgetting to mention Sink was former Florida President of Bank of America. Given the foreclosure crisis, and the popularity of banks generally, could that have had anything to do with her defeat? Not according to the political class, who are silent on the matter. Shrum's advice:

“Instead of running away from health reform, they have to run on it – in the right way,” he writes in The Daily Beast.

And the right way, he says, is to play up all the popular aspects of the law: barring insurers from denying coverage to unhealthy people; a ban on lifetime limits; a ban on charging women more than men; allowing adult children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ plan; and enhanced drug coverage for seniors.

The only problem with Shrum’s thesis is that we won’t know if he’s right until it’s too late, that is, after the election. And that assumes at least some Democrats are willing to campaign on Obamacare.

Well, no. The other problem with Shrum's thesis is that he leaves out everything that makes ObamaCare ObamaCare: The mandate, and the Exchanges, and the latter was butchered by Obama's rollout. And wait 'til we get to people encountering the penalties when they didn't buy ObamaCare's defective product, or start showing up at hospitals only to find out they're not covered, or discovered that narrow networks led to balance billing, and suddenly care wasn't "affordable" after all.

Personally, I hope a lot of Democrats take Shrum's advice and lose. Historically, that's what happens.

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