Harry Reid: Obamacare Will be a "Net Positive" For Democrats Next Year

Posted: Dec 18, 2013 4:05 PM

Yes, of course it will. Because Americans love when Democrats lie to them for years about being able to keep their health care plans, when in reality they could not. Indeed, I’m sure the same people who either (a) lost their health care plans already or (b) will soon find out they’re uninsured even after “enrolling” in the exchanges before the final cut-off date, will be just dying to support the party of Hope and Change in 2014.

What could possibly go wrong?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) thinks the healthcare law will ultimately help Senate Democrats in 2014 even though some incumbents fear a backlash at the polls.

“I think for sure it will be a net positive,” said Reid, who expects the law to become more of a political benefit as problems are smoothed out by Election Day. “I think so by then for sure.”

Reid said feedback to the Obama administration from Democratic senators has helped improve the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov since its disastrous launch in October.

“It’s gotten significantly better, but it was significantly bad so it has a long way to go,” he said Wednesday during an interview with The Hill in his Capitol office overlooking the National Mall.

Hey, maybe he’s right. Maybe all the website issues will be resolved before the 2014 elections, and therefore every vulnerable Democrat up for re-election will keep their seats. In fact, maybe the party will increase their majority in the Senate and retake the House. Maybe. But the safer bet is that Congressional Democrats will pay a hefty price for their deceit and dishonesty. A spectacular new attack ad shows just how politically damaging Obamacare is -- and will be -- for those who voted for it during next year’s midterm elections. “This is the ad every Democrat should be scared of in 2014,” WaPo’s Chris Cillizza recently editorialized. Yup:

Cillizza notes Republicans can keep the framework of the ad, but tailor it towards individual Senators and Representatives who supported the ACA. Brilliant. Parting question: if voters watch these kinds of ads on repeat for months, will they be more or less inclined to vote for Democrats in 2014? You know the answer to that. Now, of course, this presumes Republicans will message effectively and broadcast these kinds of ads to the right audiences, which very well might not happen. And some incumbent Democrats will inevitably survive the Obamacare “train wreck” to live another day. But the notion that Obamacare is going to be “a net positive” for Democrats is very hard to swallow.

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