It's a nice fluffy cake you have there in that talking point, problem is, it simply is just that, a talking point. In the real world people are losing their insurance, and the people this was supposed to cover, are NOT signing up. Companies will start to drop people as we are already seeing, because as we always said Health coverage is a benefit, not required to be offered. If they can get cover from Obama for doing this, then I'd say Obama f'ed up. O-care is NOT insuring the previously uninsured, they couldn't afford it then, and can't afford it now that Obama has made it more expensive. You end in calling company sponsored Health insurance a "corporate benefit"? Are you serious?To combat costs, companies have increased deductibles (including greater use of high-deductible plans), asked employees to pay more of their coverage and curtailed some benefits. Given the current political climate, this is a great year for companies to slash benefits and enjoy the political cover of people thinking its about Obamacare. Remember, however, Obamacare is about covering the uninsured; not re-writing corporate benefits.
Obviously, the left wing press thought they were going to win this election, so they hyped it up as an important election. They wanted to point to this election to show that the public has accepted Obamacare. Heck, the establishment republicans did nothing to help Jolly, they expected a loss.
Ironically, it is now important because he won. And, of course, all we hear from the left is how this is no big deal. Big win for the people here, against the big government types.
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..." -- Oliver Hazard Perry
"I don't want a piece of you... I want the whole thing!" -- Bob Barker
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Regardless, these special elections are not good predictors of what will happen in the next regular election.
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.
Based on this election, I now make my prediction for November. Democrats will gain seats in the House, but will fall 5 seats short of taking over. In the Senate, my prediction is the GOP gaining 5 seats. Final tally - Republicans 50 seats, Democrats 48 seats, and Independents 2 seats. Both Independents will caucus with the Democrats, thus giving Biden the tie breaking vote. Ramifications of this is that a couple of Democrats do not walk in lock step with their party, so votes based on the most radical Democratic agendas will fail. With this arrangement, Obama will become a partial lame duck, and gridlock will rule the day for the following 2 years.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016