Published on July 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM
The Hill: Dems Target Vulnerable GOP Lawmakers Over Health Law Repeal Vote
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new campaign Monday targeting vulnerable GOP lawmakers on healthcare ahead of the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and Congressional perks instead of protecting consumers," said DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), in a statement announcing the drive. "For 18 months, Republicans have been on defense for protecting millionaires over Medicare and now they're planning another vote to put insurance companies back in charge of our health care at the expense of middle class families and consumers" (Mali, 7/2).
NPR: Defeated Democrats Find 'Vindication In Spades' In High Court's Health Care Ruling
James L. Oberstar was riding pretty high in Congress. Over the course of 18 elections, the Democrat had never received less than 59 percent of the vote in his northeastern Minnesota district, and he had finally realized a longstanding ambition by chairing the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Then, he voted for the big health care bill in 2010. Oberstar soon lost his seat, along with 63 other House Democrats. He doesn't regret it (Greenblatt, 7/1).
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