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Landrieu will embrace Obamacare

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is going all-in on Obamacare, it seems:

“The Affordable Care Act is going to be better than the old system, which was that less and less people had insurance. Less and less people could buy insurance,” Landrieu said.

“There were less and less companies offering insurance. People couldn’t get insurance because they had cancer or pre-existing conditions, pregnancy was deemed a pre-existing condition, I can promise you, (when) we fully get to implement it, all of those things will be reversed.”

The state, she said, is “dragging its feet” with regard to implementation, which is somewhat funny, considering Gov. Bobby Jindal isn’t moving his feet at all to implement it. No one in the state government that knows what this will do wants this to happen. It’s as unpopular here as anywhere else. So, when Landrieu says she’s in-step with what the people of Louisiana wants, she’s either stupid or a liar. She might possibly be both.

One of the reasons she wants Obamacare to be implemented so badly is so she can get more money to fund projects that will in turn be used to buy her support.

Landrieu said she is seeking a 37.5 percent share of royalty that the federal government receives.

“We can use that money to restore our coast so people can live here safely,” she said. “We will never get 50 percent.”

The senator said some of the extra revenues could be used to fund “Water Institute” projects so people don’t have to flee the coast to higher ground when storms hit. “I frankly am tired of running,” she said.

I’m going to be blunt here: “Rebuilding” the Louisiana coast doesn’t mean you can suddenly live there safely when a hurricane strikes. It makes no sense. Whatsoever. Also, keep in mind she said all this to the media before she spoke to the Baton Rouge Rotary. During the actual Rotary meeting, she didn’t talk about health care at all. The media doesn’t give feedback. Rotarians might have.

Landrieu embracing Obamacare is not something surprising. Since early in the summer, stories began popping up that embattled Democrats would. It’s a big social issue that they think they can use to hold on to their base. But look at her arguments for Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act is going to be better than the old system,

I normally don’t do this, but lol.

which was that less and less people had insurance.

That won’t necessarily change.

Less and less people could buy insurance

See: Above. There is very little motivation for them to go out and get insurance if the tax would cost them less.

There were less and less companies offering insurance

…what

People couldn’t get insurance because they had cancer or pre-existing conditions, pregnancy was deemed a pre-existing condition, I can promise you, (when) we fully get to implement it, all of those things will be reversed

Um.

Now, the NRSC has fired the first shots against Landrieu… almost literally. Landrieu’s campaign shot back in an e-mail, but this is going to turn ugly. Add to that the possibility of a third Republican in the race…

State Sen. Elbert Guillory is considering either the U.S. Senate or Louisiana lieutenant governor job as the next stop on his political trajectory. The Opelousas Democrat-turned-Republican said his ultimate decision lies with what he believes God wants him to do.

“By golly, that’s heady company isn’t it?” Guillory said Tuesday, referring rumors he could challenge U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in 2014 or run for the position currently held by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne in 2015.

Granted, I highly doubt he’ll jump into this race. The Lt. Governor spot is more appealing as the older gentleman can vault into the governor’s spot down the road. But, for this election cycle, that’s neither here nor there.

Now, the ad I linked above (which, as a video game nerd, I love) was put out by the NRSC, which currently doesn’t have the best reputation on this site. And they are going all-in with Bill Cassidy who, as Daniel Horowitz reminds us, Cassidy “was at a red-ribbon-cutting ceremony for the groundbreaking of an Obamacare school-based health clinic.  Cassidy headlined the ceremony for the $500,000 Obamacare grant.”

So, in a situation similar but not totally like Romney vs. Obama, can Cassidy actually attack Landrieu on Obamacare?

 

 

EDIT: I added more info on Landrieu’s statements. I apologize for the scattershot post it was before and I noticed in the comments there was some confusion. I hope it’s a little more clarified.

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