Republicans Ratchet Up The Cyber Battle
Boston Globe's Political Intelligence reports that the Obama White House won't be the only voice on the web trying to set the record straight regarding reform rumors and claims. "The Republican Naitonal Committee has launched a new website that includes material accusing Obama and Democrats of making inflated claims that under the overhaul anyone can keep their doctor or coverage if they want, and that middle-class Americans won't see higher taxes under the proposals." The RNC also has posted a video calling the health overhaul "Obama's latest experiment... "his most dangerous experiment of all -- government takeover of health care,' the announcer says" (Rhee, 8/14).
Meanwhile, according to The Associated Press/Chicago Tribune, "Iowa Republicans say they hope voter anger translates into gains at the polls." Town hall meetings held by lawmakers have been packed with people. "Republicans say voters are frustrated and party strategist Tim Albrecht says it's not a question of winning, but how many seats the Republicans win from Democrats, who hold majorities in both chambers of the Legislature." Though Democrats say the mid-term elections are a long way off, a special election scheduled for Sept. 1 to fill a southeast Iowa seat formerly held by a Democrat could be a more immediate indicator of voter mood. "It's a swing district and both parties are making a play for it" (8/14).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.