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Friday, August 20, 2010

Dems Court Elderly; Obamacare Still Unpopular; New Dem Pitch 'DON'T Say ;Law Will Reduce Costs Or Deficit

Mixed bag of treats today folks and all showing how concerned Democrats are now that they jammed through very unpopular legislation against the will of the people, they now are trying to suck up to those very same people they ignored.

Democrats are trying to court the elderly voters, who just happen to show up in force during midterm elections and who are very worried about all the spending Democrats have passed under Obama and especially Obamacare and what it means for them.

Via Washington Post:

But the effort exposes a deeper problem Democrats face this fall: They have struggled to maintain support among seniors in recent years, even as they have racked up large margins among young adults. Voters older than 65 were the one age group that did not back Barack Obama in 2008, and their disenchantment has only grown since he took office -- especially after his health-care overhaul was passed this year.

In a poll this month by the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of seniors reported that they would be voting for the Republican on their congressional ballot this fall, compared with 43 percent for the Democrat. The most recent Gallup data showed an even starker difference: Fifty-three percent of seniors said they would vote for a Republican House candidate and 38 percent said they would opt for the Democrat.

"They are the voting group we are doing the worst with," said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster. "They are also the voting group with the highest turnout in an off-year election. So it is going to be up to the individual members of Congress to go out there and make their case personally to seniors in their districts."

Specific example from that article:

"We have seen our assets go down. As we got old and still get older, we have to think about nursing homes and all that," said Hazel Poole, a 10-year Greenspring resident who considers herself a strong Democrat. "The part that worries me now is the health plan. I don't see how we pay for that without going into debt more. And I keep thinking about the younger people coming up, how they're going to have to pay for all of this."

Speaking of Obamacare.................

Remember this? (5 second video below)

Pelosi, above "we have to pass the health care bill so that you can find out what is in it."

Well, they passed it. Over the objections of the majority of Americans and according to a new CNN poll, they know what is in it now and it is still unpopular!!!

On health care, the new law remains unpopular, partly because of the new mandate that all Americans must have health insurance (56 percent oppose the mandate). Other provisions in the new bill are popular, however. Nearly six in ten, for example, favor restrictions on insurance companies that require them to cover people who become seriously ill or who have a pre-existing condition.

Overall, 56 percent oppose the new law, but not all of that opposition is likely to turn into votes against Democrats in November. Among those who oppose the legislation, 41 percent oppose the health care law because it is too liberal. But another 13 percent oppose the law because it was not liberal enough.

Oh, and remember all that rhetoric Democrats and Obama spewed before the law was passed? about how Obamacare would reduce costs and our massive deficit?

In fact, for those that do not remember that specific promise, here is a 45 second video of Obama assuring people that Obamacare will reduce the deficit.

Well, The Politico provides their new pitch which includes a list of "DON'Ts", things not to talk about, not to mention, not to push.

Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit and instead stressing a promise to "improve it."

That is right, don't say the law will reduce costs and deficit.

Read the whole Power Point presentation here.

November is coming and it is looking like a freight train bearing down on Democrats in the House and Senate and now they are scrambling to save their hides and begging for votes from the very people they completely ignored and went against.

When you stop representing the will of your voters, when you stop listening to them and ignore what they are telling you, don't go crying and begging for them to listen to you afterwards.

Won't work.

Last little video is the reminder, something that Democrats should have remembered before they jammed through Obama's agenda without regard to their own constituents.