Democrats Focus On Pocketbook Issues After Rocky Health Law Rollout
On the defensive about health law missteps, the White House and congressional Democrats are stepping up attacks on the GOP over pocketbook issues like the minimum wage. Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Fact Checker looks at a new attack ad.
The New York Times: Democrats, As Part Of Midterm Strategy, To Schedule Votes On Pocketbook Issues
The White House and congressional Democrats are preparing to step up attacks on Republicans over pocketbook issues like the minimum wage in the most aggressive and coordinated move yet to try to reverse the Republican momentum that threatens their control of the Senate in the final two years of the Obama presidency. ... Democrats remain on the defensive about the missteps with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, problems that have only been amplified by a barrage of attack ads in battleground states like Alaska, Louisiana and North Carolina. Republicans accused Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats of trying to change the subject (Peters and Shear, 3/25).
The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Big Claims, Few Details In Anti-Obamacare Ad Alleging Soaring Costs
The Fact Checker can barely keep up with the torrent of ads attacking the Affordable Care Act from the pro-GOP group Americans for Prosperity. Just as we fact check one, and another, and another, and another, yet one more pops up. This new ad is part of a reported $5-million buy in the competitive race for the open Senate seat in Michigan. As the Fact Checker has raised questions -- and awarded Pinocchios -- about some of the claims made in these ads, we find that the more recent ads have increasingly fewer details that are easy to check (Kessler, 3/26).