Nationally and locally, Democrats have been hoping (and hyping) immigration reform as the major issue in next year’s campaign to gain control of the United States House of Representatives and maintain control of the United States Senate.
Democrats know that this issue puts Republicans in a political bind, pitting the conservative base of the party against the interests of some of the business community. Democrats are also hoping the issue will increase Hispanic voter turnout in a nonpresidential election year. The Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill with a dozen Republican votes in June, but the House has already put the kibosh on the bill.
A message to Democrats: That was then, this is now.
The roll out of Obamacare has completely eclipsed all other issues in the country and it has been disastrous. Not only is the website completely dysfunctional, citizens that have been able to get through are finding that they have to pay more for health coverage than they were before, with skyrocketing deductibles. The promise that “if you like your current health plan, you can keep your health plan” has been exposed as a complete fraud.
Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, and Jon Stewart are having a field day.
And it gets worse for Democrats. The 5 million (and growing) number of families who have had their current plans cancelled are only a small portion of the currently insured. Most families are insured through their place of work. The employer mandate has been postponed until next fall. At that time, all those plans will be mandated to comply with the new, more costly requirements of Obamacare.
Yes folks, that means roughly 50 to 100 million Americans will see their healthcare plans cancelled, right before the November election.
President Obama is having his own “Katrina” moment, but it isn’t just his. Democrats passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote. They wrote it. They voted for it. They own it. No matter how hard they try, no Democrat can pass the buck or blame Republicans for this. Even Democrats that weren’t in office will be nailed by Obamacare.
Immigration reform? While there are problems with our immigration system, it was always a manufactured issue that the general public cared very little about.
Obamacare? That is an issue that hits every American directly in their pocket. People are scared. People are angry. People think, correctly, that they were lied too. The passage of Obamacare gave Republicans control of the House in 2010. The implementation of Obamacare, and its dramatic impact on people’s lives and broken promises are creating a wave that will peak just in time to give Republicans control of the Senate and numerous state legislatures.