The Election Is Tomorrow, and Americans Still Don't Understand Obamacare
If the president loses the election, this could be a key factor.Posted in Mother Jones
The passage of health care reform has been President Obama's biggest legislative achievement—but also his biggest political liability. Republicans have spent hundreds of millions of dollars attacking the law, claiming, variously, that it will raise taxes, harm Medicare, and place government bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions. The Obama administration and its allies, meanwhile, have been woefully unable to cut through the noise and clearly articulate to Americans how Obamacare will benefit them. If Obama loses the election on Tuesday, their failure to do so could be a factor in his electoral downfall.
Between 2010, when the law passed, and mid-June, when the Supreme Court was poised to decide its fate, Obamacare opponents dumped a combined $235 million into ads attacking the law. Supporters only spent $69 million, according to the New York Times. Of that, the Obama campaign spent a measly $700,000 defending the president's signature accomplishment. Read more...