Brown vs. Coakley is Close Because of the National Health Care Debate
"If Obama's plan doesn't fly in the second most liberal state in this nation, the plan should be forever grounded," says Patients First's Phil Kerpen
by Impact Wire Monday, January 18, 2010
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the eve of one of the most closely watched races in modern history, President Obama and Democratic leaders are strategizing what to do about health care—an issue that is playing a major role in the Massachusetts Senate election. Before early January, Democratic candidate Martha Coakley held a double digit lead over Republican Scott Brown and was considered to be a shoo-in. However, as the Senate met behind closed doors with the President and rammed an unpopular partisan health care package through on Christmas Eve, more attention was given to the Bay State special election, which will determine who assumes the seat previously occupied by the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Attorney General Coakley has said she would vote with her fellow Democrats in favor of government-run health care, if elected. State Senator Brown, on the other hand, has pledged to be the 41st vote that would strip Democrats of their super-majority.
“If Obama’s plan doesn’t fly in the most liberal state in this nation, the plan should be forever grounded,” says Phil Kerpen, Policy Director of Patients First, A Project of Americans for Prosperity®. “This election—in spite of Obama and Coakley’s rhetoric to the contrary—is all about health care and whether the people of Massachusetts want an extension of what their state currently has: mandated government-dictated health care. Democratic leaders and President Obama ignored the most pressing issue on America’s minds—job creation—in favor of advancing a health care bill with no Republican support. This race is close because of the partisan climate Obama, Pelosi and Reid created—a climate that Obama said he would change.”
President Obama told Democratic leaders during their retreat late last week, “I know that the virtues of this [health care] legislation for Americans with insurance and Americans without it have been entirely obscured by fear and distraction. But I also know what happens once we get this done…The American people will suddenly learn that this bill does things they like and doesn't do things that people have been trying to say it does.”
“As long as the President has this mentality and turns a deaf ear to the people who elected him, the more he’ll see his party fall to the wayside—even in fiercely Democratic states like Massachusetts,” said Kerpen.
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