The rhetorical and tactical battle lines, however, are similar to the tumultuous summer recess. Senate Republican leaders are encouraging their members to hold health care town halls. And House Republicans have armed their troops with a 16-page memo detailing talking points on what they call the Pelosi Health Care Bill.
“Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-page bill is a freight train of runaway spending, bloated bureaucracy, higher taxes and federal mandates — and the American people know it,” Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said in the memo.
House Democratic leaders have given their members talking points memos, fact sheets and district-by-district analyses of the bill’s impact. The district-specific reports include information on how many seniors, small businesses and uninsured residents will be helped by reform, among other statistics. The in-depth analyses were prepared for all members, Democrats and Republicans alike, so it won’t be a surprise when Democrats start using the information to blast Republicans for hurting their constituents by voting against the bill.
The Democrats have armed their politicians with a list of talking points as well to try to counter the anger they had to face last time they went home for recess.
Should be an interesting vacation for them since the latest numbers show that a majority of Americans, more importantly, a majority of unaffiliated voters, oppose Obamacare. (Via Rasmussen)