Supreme Court Ruling Not Inspiring Democrat Candidates To Embrace Obamacare
As I wrote earlier today, the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare may not be a political win for Democrats. The law, while legal in the eyes of 5 justices, is still extremely unpopular among voters.
Which is why this press release (full release below) from North Dakota House candidate Pam Gulleson isn’t exactly enthusiastic about the Supreme Court’s ruling. In fact, it’s downright tepid.
RUTLAND, ND – U.S. House Candidate Pam Gulleson issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
“I think it’s clear that there is much that still needs to be changed in the health care law. We need to work to improve the health care law to protect small businesses from undue burden and start getting serious about finding ways to reduce the overall costs of health care.
“However, as I’ve traveled the state, I’ve heard over and over how our current health care system means one medical emergency can ruin a life of building financial security. Today’s ruling is important for the thousands of North Dakotan’s who have faced these challenges. That’s why I’m committed to work to improve our health care system.
“I believe we need to work to protect some the ACA’s key provisions, including ending the Medicare ‘Doughnut Hole,’ which provides important coverage on prescription drugs for our seniors. I support keeping young adults insured under their parents’ plans until the age of 26, improving preventive care, and ending the practice of dropping coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
“’I also vow to fight for the Frontier Amendment, which makes Medicare payments fair for states like North Dakota and allows our hospitals to cover their costs and focus on caring for their patients.”
When Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp gets around to releasing a reaction I suspect her enthusiasm will be equally tepid.
Cutting through the gloating, the Democrats are still very afraid of this bill.
Update: Heidi Heitkamp’s tepid reaction:
There are good things in the health care bill, like keeping insurance companies from dropping people for pre-existing conditions, closing the Medicare Donut Hole, and allowing parents to keep their children covered until they turn 26,” said Heitkamp. “Today’s decision is a chance to finally put two years of political posturing and gridlock on pause, and do what’s right for North Dakota. Moving forward, I’ll work with both parties to control costs, keep the good pieces intact and fix the bad pieces, like the individual mandate.
Here’s the full press release from Gulleson: