Republicans have been better than Democrats at Obamacare messaging, according to National Journal‘s Political Insiders.
Roughly 50 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans surveyed say the GOP takes the cake when it comes to effective messaging about the president’s signature health reform law.
“The GOP has done a good job scaring a lot of Americans,” wrote one Democratic responder.
“Has there been Democratic messaging?” wrote another.
The survey, conducted Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, polled 89 Democrats and 100 Republican Political Insiders. When the Affordable Care Act exchanges opened for enrollment on Oct. 1, consumers faced website glitches which prevented some from signing up for insurance.
“The glitches, flaws and implementation delays all contribute to the GOP effort,” noted a Republican responder.
However, not all agreed that the GOP efforts have been successful. A small group of responders ““ 25 percent of Democrats and 12 percent of Republicans ““ thought the Democrats have been more effective in their Obamacare messaging, with some attributing the Republican failure to the right-most contingent of the party.
“We’re living in an echo chamber while Obama is aiming for middle-of-the-road voters who hate Congress even more than they dislike Obamacare,” wrote a Republican responder.
But 25 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of Republicans said neither party has done a good job.
“Democrats have failed to explain what it is and why people should care,” wrote a Republican responder. “Republicans have failed to offer an alternative. F grades to both.”
What We're Following See More »
"Even if House Republicans manage to get enough members of their party on board with the latest version of their health care bill, they will face another battle in the Senate: whether the bill complies with the chamber’s arcane ... Byrd rule, which stipulates all provisions in a reconciliation bill must affect federal spending and revenues in a way that is not merely incidental." Democrats should have the advantage in that fight, "unless the Senate pulls another 'nuclear option.'”
The House has passed a one-week spending bill that will avert a government shutdown which was set to begin at midnight. Lawmakers now have an extra week to come to a longer agreement which is expected to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass before President Trump signs it.
President Trump’s portrayal of an effort to funnel more Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico as a "bailout" is complicating negotiations over a continuing resolution on the budget. "House Democrats are now requiring such assistance as a condition for supporting the continuing resolution," a position that the GOP leadership is amenable to. "But Mr. Trump’s apparent skepticism aligns him with conservative House Republicans inclined to view its request as a bailout, leaving the deal a narrow path to passage in Congress."
Democrats in the House are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans expedite a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer Thursday. Lawmakers have introduced a one-week spending bill to give themselves an extra week to reach a long-term funding deal, which seemed poised to pass easily. However, the White House is pressuring House Republicans to take a vote on their Obamacare replacement Friday to give Trump a legislative victory, though it is still not clear that they have the necessary votes to pass the health care bill. This could go down to the wire.