Democrats Seek Ways to Use Pro-Abortion Health Care Law to Help Elections

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Democrats Seek Ways to Use Pro-Abortion Health Care Law to Help Elections

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 8
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — After new reports surfaced showing Democrats essentially running away from the pro-abortion health care bill they passed, President Barack Obama’s allies are searching for ways in which they can rally their voters based on promoting the government-run law that funds abortions.

On Monday, noted how some of the 34 Democrats who voted against the health care bill are running commercials in their districts touting that fact.

On the other hand, no member of the House appeared to be running an ad talking about their support for the controversial legislation.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen , a pro-abortion Maryland Democrat who heads up the party’s efforts to help candidates for the House, told Politico today that the party may run ads promoting the health care bill in the few liberal districts with sitting Republican members.

That would include candidate Democratic candidate Cedric Richmond, who is taking on pro-life Rep. Anh Joseph Cao in a New Orleans, Louisiana district that is traditionally a Democratic one.

Richmond and Van Hollen plan a roundtable discussion including members of the district to talk about health care and the bill, aides told the political news web site.

“President Obama’s health insurance reform is a defining issue in this race for Congress because this district demands someone who would fight for it,” Van Hollen said. "It was a tough fight that President Obama and congressional Democrats took on, and we could have used someone representing this district’s interests and standing by our side.”

The New Orleans district is one of the few Democrats say they have a chance of picking up this November, while they face potentially several dozen seats that could exchange hands and go to pro-life candidates who would have voted against the pro-abortion health care bill.

Cao ultimately opposed the final version of the health care bill while Richmond says he would have voted for it.

Meanwhile, while the party is hiding form the bill it approved, a Democrat-led group called the Health Information Campaign, goes live today with a $2 million advertising campaign touting the law in some Congressional districts. The organization is a construct of top Democratic strategists wanting to preserve the party’s stranglehold on Congress.

But the advertising is competing with the millions the anti-health care bill group Crossroads GPS has poured into ads criticizing abortion advocates like
Barbara Boxer of California, Jack Conway of Kentucky and Joe Sestak Pennsylvania for voting for or supporting the bill.

Although Democratic leaders said the popularity of the health care bill would increase, which contains massive abortion funding that pro-life advocates had to stop in three states already, polling data shows it has not caught on with the American people.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last Tuesday showed support dropped sharply in August.

The Kaiser poll has support for the pro-abortion government-run health care program dropping 7 percent to just 43 percent. Opposition rose 10 percentage points to 45 percent — the weakest showing for ObamaCare since Kaiser’s poll in May.


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