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Dems Bank on the Lesser of Two Evils Strategy for Health Care

Once again it’s “we may be bad but the other guy is worse”

The Affordable Care Act is still very unpopular and Democrats have come to accept it won’t get popular in the next several months. So to try to deal with this liability Democrats are going to focus on how Republican health care ideas are even worse than Obamacare. From Politico:

Democrats know their biggest problem in this year’s midterm election is Obamacare. So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP’s advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse — raising prescription drug prices, empowering insurance companies and even endangering domestic violence victims.

The battle plan, details of which were in a memo obtained by POLITICO, recognizes the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act. But it also banks on voter fatigue with the GOP’s relentless demands for repeal and counts on poll-backed data that show many Americans would rather fix Obamacare’s problems than scrap it altogether.

This is the classic lesser of two evil arguments which you sadly see all too often in a two party situation. It might even have limited success because the current Republican health care plans are truly terrible.

Now if only Democrats had approved an actually good health care reform proposal in the first place, they wouldn’t need to fall back on this pathetic defense.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at