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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Chamber of Commerce launched a national television advertising campaign in key House and Senate races on Thursday, trying to tie “Obamacare” around the neck of vulnerable Democrats as the president’s approval ratings have recovered with the economy.

The issue advocacy ads by the chamber’s 501(c) group don’t expressly encourage a vote one way or the other, and so are not products of Citizens United or other recent Supreme Court rulings that opened the floodgates for unlimited, anonymous money in campaigns.

  • jimackermann

    I can only pray that organizations can undo Obamacare. Here is a piece of legislation that passed by zealots that haden’t even read it. Then, they exempted themselves from it because they knew it would mean poor health care for themselves. It you want to see what Obamacare will look like, just look at any government run program; the best example would be the Vetran’s health care system. I do not want the government in my health care. Get away from me.

  • envscience55

    For one thing I will not use the GOP rhetoric name Obamacare since it it deragatory and just not right. We are the only industrialized country in the world that does not provide access to healthcare to every citizen. Now the GOP is attacking the safety net for those who cannot afford healthcare and our retired elderly through cutting back or dissassembling Medicare and Medicaid. Have we become so absorb in ourselves that we forget our fellow man’s well being and equal access to healthcare? We as a nation have become self serving except when it comes to wars to socially re-engineer another country’s society that is of no benefit to America but yet we do nothing to better our social standards. We have the audacity to forget our own and attack the less fortunate in this country while trying to improve the lot of a foreign country. I for one am against this self-serving arrogance of the GOP on these issues including the destruction of a good faith attempt to provide affordable healthcare to all Americans and just not the wealthy or others who are more fortunate. I resent someone telling me or forcing their pro-life beliefs on me or another. Just like the Catholic Church preaching against the national healthcare law. Have they not crossed the line of Church and State when they did this? It seems the Church has become a political entity by espousing this political rhetoric and should have their tax exemption status revoked since they have violated the law on tax exemption status for religious institutions.

  • Popegregory

    I am totally amazed that business people will follow the lead of a person like the Presidend of the chamber of commerce. How can they be so blind?

    As for the Catholic church, I agree with en science 55. If they want to be in politics give up their tax exempt status. Pay taxes like the rest of us. You need to pay if you want the right to abuse and put down women.

  • jimackermann

    A simple question, envscience55, who is at the heart of getting rid of Medicare Advantage??? I make very little money. I choose to buy health insurance. Medical care is not a right. It is a product you buy just like a car. I do not want to be dependent on the government for anything. Weak sucks that can’t put their big boy pants on and get what they want. I do not want to be dependent on the government for anything.

  • freethinker

    I will use the rhetoric name, Obamacare, since he is the one who pushed so hard for it without the slightest knowledge of what was really in that bill other than it gives government control of healthcare. That bill is one bad piece of legislation and anyone who thinks otherwise hasn’t read it and certainly doesn’t understand its implications. For those who spout such drivel as, ‘the rest of the civilized world provides access to healthcare for everyone’, I invite you to go to one of those ‘civilized’ countries and try to use their government run system. This type of healthcare belongs in the land of the big rock candy mountain and nowhere else.

  • freethinker

    If the economy improves enough to get the President re-elected, he should give his heartfelt thanks to the Republican governors elected in 2010 who turned their states around in spite of his crazy policies.

  • Fearfull Ralph

    Isn’t it ridiculous that the United States spent $8,402 on health care per each and every man, woman, and child in the country in 2010 and there were still millions with no access to health care. Those detractors of civilized health care claim that it shall bankrupt the US even though absolutely no civilized nation with universal health care comes close to spending what the US spends per person and their life expectancy is longer than ours. The last figures I have seen is that the most expensive health care is in Switzerland (about 75 per cent of what the US pays per capita) and that is probably because their system is run by insurance companies. It is especially striking when you consider that the average per capita cost of health care in civilized industrialized countries is approximately half of what our extremely flawed system is costing the US citizen.

    Mr. Ackermann, you denigrate government run health care such as VA but people who currently have VA health benefits are deathly afraid that they shall lose their superior care and those on Medicare are also fighting to retain that system. The really funny thing is that because they have drunk the TEA Party Kool-Aide many of those same people also state that they are adamantly against government run health care systems while completely ignoring the fact that their favored systems are definitely government run health care system.

  • Renwick8

    A said day of affairs when, the most powerful country in the world cannot provide affordable health care to all Americans. I am a disable Vietnam Veteran with the luxury of having veteran health care as my sole provider, I rank the system a 90 plus. During the 1980’s and 1990’s I watch my personal health care plan increase by 10% to 20% annualy, until no longer affordable. To insinuate any government run program is inefficient, implies you have both hands in the cookie jar, removing more than one cookie. I will pray for you.

  • drdavidgreen

    In Canada, the radioactive implants that killed my prostate cancer cost me twenty-six senior’s subway tickets ($1.60 each). That’s 25 for my daily radiation, five days a week for five weeks, plus one on the day of the implants. Total cost: $41.60. In Arizona, it would have cost $43,000. I priced it out. So don’t tell me the Canadian single-payer health care system doesn’t work. I’m living proof that it does.

  • winxta

    As an immigrant I enlisted in the US Air Force for the Korean War and have used the VA Hospital since my discharge in 1953. The care has been exemplary and I cannot say enough about the quality of treatment. The staff are respectful of the service Vets gave for their country and I’ve never heard any complaints from the guys in the waiting room.
    I feel very proud to be a member of such company and very fortunate to have the VA taking care of me.

  • Fearfull Ralph

    Those Republican Governors who turned their states around should be thanking President Obama for the billions he wasted saving their states from collapse. I especially liked Governor Daniels of Indiana spouting off in his answer to the State of the Union speech that Obama “borrowed and blew” all the money in the Obama Recovery Act while ignoring the fact that the $2 Billion he got from the Recovery Act was all that saved Indiana from going down the drain and also ignoring the fact that the reason Obama had to borrow the money was because Bush had thrown away Clinton’s surplus.

  • dobeltran 1

    President Obama get alot of flac, for doing what needs to be done to get this country of ours back on track. Yet, the flac almost always comes from the Republicans, who seem to forget what the previous Republicans have done. For example Regan star wars project that never got done. Where did he get the funds for this star wars? He was the first to use the Interest from Social Security. That cost the Social Securities problems about having enough money. Clinton paid the National Debt and some of the Social Security and left office with a surplus. Next Republican President Bush the younger one goes against the Generals recommendations and puts us in war in Irac and Afganistan used all the surplus that Clinton left and borrowed more money to finance the war.

  • kygirl

    To jimackermann— if you do not want government in your health care i hope you are not on Medicare , a goverment program. i hope if you are on medicare you do not use a medicare advantage plan as your coverage is supplemented by other medicare participants,a goverment program that President Bush give away to the health care business with millions of the dollars.

  • Sleipnir

    While the new healthcare law may not be perfect it has many good things. I paid $700 a month for health insurance after my husband died until I was eligible for Medicare. Any pre-existing onditions were not covered and the deductibles and co-pays were so high the insurance company hardly ever paid and they raised the premiums every 6 months. The healthcare law means insurance companies can’t exclude pre-existing conditions and your son or daughter still living at home can be covered under your policy until they are 26. Medicare and veterans healthcare are run by the government and they do an excellent job. Everybody should be able to get healthcare at an affordable price and people with insurance end up paying for those without insurance since we are charged more at the hospitals and doctors office. Most states mandate you have to have car insurance if you want to have a car so why is it wrong to mandate that everyone should have health insurance.

  • tmc

    Proud to be a Liberal, and proud of the work they do, Yah!!

    Liberalism
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis)[1] is the belief in the importance of liberty and equal rights.[2] Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally liberals support ideas such as constitutionalism, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, and freedom of religion.[3][4][5][6][7]
    Liberalism first became a powerful force in the Age of Enlightenment, rejecting several foundational assumptions that dominated most earlier theories of government, such as nobility, established religion, absolute monarchy, and the Divine Right of Kings. The early liberal thinker John Locke, who is often credited for the creation of liberalism as a distinct philosophical tradition, employed the concept of natural rights and the social contract to argue that the rule of law should replace absolutism in government, that rulers were subject to the consent of the governed, and that private individuals had a fundamental right to life, liberty, and property.
    The revolutionaries in the American Revolution and the French Revolution used liberal philosophy to justify the armed overthrow of tyrannical rule. The nineteenth century saw liberal governments established in nations across Europe, Latin America, and North America. Liberal ideas spread even further in the twentieth century, when liberal democracies triumphed in two world wars and survived major ideological challenges from fascism and communism. Today, liberalism in its many forms remains as a political force to varying degrees of power and influence on all major continents.
    A twenty-first century development is an emerging new liberalism that is centred on the concept of timeless freedom (ensuring the freedom of future generations through proactive action taken today).

    What Have American Liberals Done for The United States?
    What did the Liberals do that was so offensive to the republican Party?
    I’ll tell you what they did, Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got the African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act.
    What did conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things, every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet ”Liberals” as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.
    Written by Lawrence O’Donnell Jr.

  • JamesLoughran

    iF we didn’t have a regressive do nothing Congress and the insurance corps were in jail for bribing our government, we would have single payer and have been saved from the recent BS from the church. Obama can only do what is best under extremely difficult and nearly impossible circumstances. So we get the health plan beget, not what we deserve.