Congress Loses Interest in Obamacare
Posted at 8:05 a.m. on Aug. 28
Derek Willis notes that lawmakers are less obsessed with bickering over Obamacare.
“Last summer, lawmakers churned out news releases using the term Obamacare, 530 of them in June, July and August. This summer? 138.”
“This summer, not only are there fewer Obamacare-related news releases, but the tone is also different. Constituents are more likely to read statements on judicial decisions on the law, news about bills intended to trim around the law’s edges, or descriptions of lawmakers’ requests for information from the Department of Health and Human Services.”
“Congressional opponents of Obamacare haven’t given up, of course. But the relative dearth of Obamacare-titled statements this August shows that they have found other issues to raise with constituents as the midterm elections approach, like investigations into the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Veterans Affairs.”