Given the loud parsing of the recent CBO report on workers, jobs, and Obamacare, I don't think either side has learned that lesson.
For most Americans health care is a process that involves the mysterious world of hospitals, pharmacies and doctors. We give ourselves up to being prodded and poked, being given pills and potions; and being examined by people we trust with our lives.
What has done the most damage in the first four month of Obamacare? The broken website? No. It was Barack Obama's empty promise that, if you wanted to, you could keep your insurance plan and you could keep your doctor.
In his 28-page memo on the language of health care, Luntz was prescient in writing Republicans should be passionate in calling for the "protection of the personalized doctor-patient relationship."
The bottom line, according to Frank Luntz is:
"We need to stop looking at [health care] from a global perspective and restore the humanity to healthcare.
We need to focus more on people and less on the system."
Five years old, but still good advice.
So, you can see why Democrats tried to separate the ACA from the President's name. But, they couldn't.
As the clock continues to click toward the November elections and, assuming Obamacare still moves votes, that may turn out to have been the single most important political failure of the Left in this election cycle.
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