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The politically divisive legacy of ObamaCare has vulnerable Democrats trying to downplay their past support of the legislation ahead of Election Day – by criticizing the president’s execution of the law or by sidestepping the issue altogether.


Lately, Democrats in tough Senate races have been slamming President Obama for breaking his pledge that everyone could keep their health plans and doctors "no matter what."


Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, locked in a race with Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, says of Obama in a recent ad: "This is a promise you made. This is a promise you should keep."


Landrieu previously offered legislation requiring people be allowed to keep their plans and doctors and not be forced into ObamaCare, though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has yet to schedule a vote on it.


Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina sponsored similar legislation, which she noted during a recent debate, saying "as soon as this came to my attention last fall, I immediately sponsored legislation allowing those plans to become permanent."


Hagan, though, nevertheless voted against a 2010 Republican effort, which the White House threatened to veto, to limit such cancellations.


Other Democrats are trying to sidestep the issue by talking health care without even mentioning the president or the Affordable Care Act.


Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who is running against Rep. Tom Cotton in a very tight race, talks in a new ad about when he was diagnosed with cancer and wanted an experimental surgery his health insurance didn't want to pay for.


"No one should be fighting an insurance company while you're fighting for your life,” he said. “That's why I helped pass a law that prevents insurance companies from canceling your policy if you get sick, or deny coverage for preexisting conditions."


Not once did he say “ObamaCare” or the “Affordable Care Act.”



The Act that dares not speak its name...

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The One That Got Away?


The surprisingly close North Carolina Senate race.

OCT 20, 2014, VOL. 20, NO. 06 • BY MICHAEL WARREN

The U.S. Senate race in North Carolina calls to mind Henry Kissinger’s notion about the Iran-Iraq war: Could both sides actually lose?


The sitting Democrat, Kay Hagan, holds only a tenuous lead, unlike more secure purple-state incumbent Democrats in Virginia and New Hampshire. Tar Heel State Democrats are cautiously optimistic that she’s winning, but the influx of money—more than $13 million so far from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Harry Reid’s super-PAC, plus nearly $10 million from her own campaign—betrays a sense of desperation. Despite leading in 13 straight polls, Hagan, 61, hasn’t polled above 50 percent the entire year and has been stuck in the mid-forties for months. There’s a real fear that she’s already maxed out her support. Scissors-32x32.pnghttp://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/one-got-away_810895.html

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