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Charlie Crist's Obamacare conundrum

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist is in an Obamacare box.

Opposed to Obamacare when he was a Republican, Crist is now a Democrat and is all for the Affordable Care Act.

Such flip-flops and evolutions and pirouettes make Crist’s relationship with the unpopular law one of the most-complicated in the nation.

Now it might be one of the riskiest.

Yet Crist has little choice but to embrace the law right now. Running in a primary against Nan Rich, Crist needs to prove his Democratic bona fides. The Democratic base approves of the law.

“I think it’s been great,” Crist said in a CNN interview last Sunday.

It wasn’t great for Crist’s fellow Democrat Alex Sink, who narrowly lost a special election Tuesday for a congressional seat based in Crist’s home county, Pinellas.

Obamacare wasn’t the only issue in the race. But conservatives made the law a major point.

Gov. Rick Scott is doing the same in the governor’s race. His team Friday released a web ad highlighting Crist’s support for the law and President Obama’s latest backtrack on the law when he admitted some people might not be able to keep their doctors, despite the president’s prior promise.

In the just-ended congressional race, Sink’s advisers acknowledge Obamacare was a political problem. But, they said, polling data indicated she “neutralized” the issue, partly by espousing a “keep-and-fix” approach. She pointed out how the Affordable Care Act helps people with preexisting conditions and seniors with prescription-drug coverage.

Republican David Jolly wanted to repeal the law — a less-popular position than Sink’s, according to many state and national polls. But in senior-heavy Congressional District 13, Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage did Sink no favors. Nor did President Obama’s false claims that people could keep their doctors and insurance plans if they liked them.

Jolly won.

It’s a good example of the difference between measuring broad popular opinion vs. turning out voters.

“The one thing we do have to reckon with and kind of acknowledge is that the Affordable Care Act was a motivating issue for Republicans to turn out and vote — and less so for Democrats,” said Geoff Garin, Sink’s pollster.

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Ed Jenkins

It is well past time that this scumbag crist be dumped from the democrat ticket as his predicted campaign meltdown has clearly begun. As demonstrated the party has even been advising candidates not to favor this most hated law and a good candidate in the mold of Chiles or Graham would denounce such a horrible invasion of private business between individuals and businesses insuring against future medical expenses yet this scumbag crist still cannot realize what this and other democrat primary voters know is a disastrous position. We have seen this horrible man insult popular former governors, offend families of florida with his offensive positions, recently it has come to light that he faces imminent indictment for involvement in a judicial nominations payoff scandal and now this, it is long past time to find someone else or democrat primary voters will vote for the nancy lady.

Mrs. Ed Jenkins

Not a conundrum. Gov. Scott SUED to block the Medicaid expansion that he now supports.

Sandy Oestreich

Shhooot, Crist is Far and Beyond the BEST of the worst candidates for FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR.

THE HECK with this idea, look at Bald-headed Nazi-looking Republican FL poohbah to see that he is the Republican Sleaze candidate for More Of The Same excruciating PAIN for taxpayers.


Sheesh, don't you THINKING FOLKS realize this do-do Rick Scott is TRYING TO BAMBOOZLE YOU into voting again for middle-class PAIN? SHEESH. wHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET YOU FOLKS TO WAKE UP AND KNOW YOU ARE SCREWED IF YOU VOTE FOR HIM?

So, maybe HealthCareBusinessSycophant mesmerized you ONCE to vote for him as Florida's savior.
So, maybe YOU were fooled by him and voted wrong.

NO reason now not to exonerate yourselves and vote for Crist, who now is on your side. NOW ON YOUR SIDE is Important politically. Vote Smart, vote for the guy NOW on Your Side. Vote Charlie Crist.

That is, unless you LIKE that you THINK you are forced by Republican intransigents TO AGAIN SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT!

I know this is hard news to get , but IT'S TRUE.
DO you want to vote the Same politicians who screwed you before, AGAIN?
Sorry, but that puts you in the voting-against-myself CATAGORY.

If anyone is against voting against onesself, the RECONSIDER--VOTE SOMETHING OTHER OTHER THAN REPUBLICAN POLS WHO HAVE AND WILL SCREW YOU if you let them! Seriously, We ALL need to getOUT of the idea that Voting Republican Helps us jobless, homeless ! WAKE UP, FLORIDA! YOU are electing them to Screw Us ALL.

Highly paid Republican operative

Mrs. Ed please stay on the reservation.

JIMFITZSR


THE TRUTH IS OBAMACARE IS WORKING IN SPITE OF ALL THE OBSTRUCYION AND CRITICIZM AND IS BEING ACCEPTED BY THE PUBLIC AS A WHOLE.

REFER TO U OF VA HEALTH CONFERENCE CHAIRED BY GOV AND HHS SECRETARY MIKE LEAVITT AND MEDICARE DIRECTOR MARK MCCLELLEN WHO SERVED UNDER PRES BUSH.

CONCLUSION OBAMACARE IS THE LAW AND WILL NOT BE REPEALED AND THE STATES SHOULD USE
THEIR REGULATING POWERS TO TRANSFORM THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM USING THE ACA FOR THE BENEFIT OF THEIR CITIZENS.

DOCTOR AND SENATOR BILL FRISK SAID"OBAMACARE IS THE LAW AND WILL NOT BE REPEALED AND IN FACT IS DELIVERING QUALITY CARE AT A LOWER COST!

NOW THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS HAVE AGREED OBAMACARE WILL NOT BE REPEALED AND REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED STATES HAVE GOTTEN OR RQUESTED WAIVERS TO BUY OBAMACARE FOR THEIR POOR WORKING FOLKS WITH CO-PAYS, DEDUCTABLES, PREMIUMS, ETC,. THIS IS THE MODEL FOR THE FURTHER EXPANSION OF MEDICAID AFTER THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.

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