Matt Mackowiak

You may be seeing a concerted attempt by liberals and their media allies to convince you that Obamacare is 1) succeeding; 2) losing political impact for the midterms; and 3) being emphasized less frequently by Republicans on the campaign trail.

In fact, all three of these are false.

In the past few weeks, we are seeing the latest front in the political battle over Obamacare, and it is being fought by a bipartisan group.

A majority of the U.S. Senate (51 Senators, including 36 Democrats), have written to the Obama administration urging them not to go through with cuts to home health care services via Medicare in the implementation of Obamacare.

I seem to recall Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) believing that a 51 vote threshold was all that was needed to "stop the obstruction" in the U.S. Senate. Perhaps that was just rhetoric?

Recently Fox News' Jim Angle reported that the home health care industry has already sustained $70 billion in cuts and now the administration is moving forward with another $20 billion in cuts, the maximum allowed under the law, a proposed 14 percent payment cut to home health care providers.

Fox News reporter Jim Angle and Fox News Special Report anchor Bret Baier have doggedly reported on the many complications surrounding Obamacare's implementation.

Per an Obama administration estimate, these cuts will force up to 40 percent of home health care companies into bankruptcy, in an industry with nearly 500,000 workers. Many patients are elderly and cannot regularly travel to doctor's offices for health care. The industry is majority female and the industry's patients are also majority female. War on Women?

Two Republicans, Congressmen Greg Walden (R-OR) and Tom Price (R-GA) have introduced legislation to roll back the latest round of cuts. A summary of the bill may be found here, and it already has nine House cosponsors.

Look for the House of Representatives to bring this bill for a vote this fall, forcing Democrats to choose between supporting Obamacare and opposing a popular bill to stop cuts to home health care services which are cost effective, empower patients and reduce emergency room visits.

I can imagine a devastating TV ad in battleground states and targeted congressional races this fall.

Can Democrats really oppose such a law, mere weeks before the midterm elections?


Matt Mackowiak

Matt Mackowiak is a Washington, DC and Austin, TX based political and communications consultant and the founder and President of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC, providing political consulting, media relations and crisis communications assistance to campaigns, companies, groups and individuals. Since he arrived in Washington, DC, he has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators, a Governor, in the executive branch, in winning political campaigns, and in the private sector. Over his career Matt has developed deep relationships with national, state and local media and political figures.

Most recently Matt worked with PSG client Gov. Sean Parnell (R-AK) as a senior communications adviser, providing counsel on strategy, speechwriting and media relations during the 2011 legislative session in Juneau.

In 2010 Matt served as Campaign Manager for Bill Flores, the Republican nominee in Texas’ 17th Congressional District. After winning a 5-way primary, Flores defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) by 25% in November, the largest margin of victory for a GOP challenger in 2010.

In addition to offering counsel to individuals and corporations, Matt provides political analysis for the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, BBC News, and radio stations throughout the country. Matt’s on-therecord political analysis has appeared in Politico, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, The Hill, Congressional Quarterly, the Washington Examiner, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and on ABCNews.com. He is a syndicated columnist and has had opinion columns published in the New York Post, New York Daily News, FoxNews.com, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, Roll Call, Austin American-Statesman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Des Moines Register, National Review online, Congressional Quarterly and on the popular blog sites The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. Matt has lectured and given speeches at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, Texas Christian University, Georgetown University, Catholic University, the University of Denver, American University and the University of North Texas.

From 2005-2009 Matt served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (RTX), the fourth ranking member of the Republican Leadership, and three-term former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). Earlier in his career he was a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson and Assistant Secretary Stewart Verdery, managed the second largest county in Iowa on the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, counseled corporate clients at international PR firm Burson-Marsteller, and performed White House Presidential and Vice Presidential advance nationwide.

Matt is a Director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community College, and is a sustaining member of MaverickPAC. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the non-profit Luke’s Wings and enjoys helping Becky’s Fund and USA CARES.

A native of Austin, Texas, Matt graduated with a B.S. in Communications Studies (Political Communication track) from the University of Texas in 2003. Aside from his professional work, he owns and manages the popular blog site www.potomacflacks.com, which the Washingtonian has called “one of the best political blogs.” In his free time, Matt enjoys sports, live music, reading biographies, and is an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the University of Texas.