Pelosi Sets ‘The Record Straight’ on Dem Budget Cuts, Entitlement Reform

Even as President Obama and GOP House Speaker John Boehner debate how to avoid the coming so-called fiscal cliff, and whether to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, Democrats already are on record with $1.6 trillion in proposed federal spending cuts and have enacted entitlement reform through the landmark 2010 healthcare reform law, according to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Where are the cuts? They’re in bills that you, Mr. Speaker, have voted for. Secondly, on the issue of the entitlement, with the Affordable Care Act and with legislation, and with suggestions, provisions in the President’s budget, it amounts to over $1 trillion in savings in Medicare, over $1 trillion in savings which have been redirected to prolonging the life … Continue reading

Winning Without Ohio or Florida

If there is a common wisdom regarding the 2012 Presidential election – or for that matter, the 2008, 2004, and 2000 contests – it is that the road to the White House for both candidates runs invariably through Ohio and Florida. More specifically, there seems to be a near-consensus among both liberal and conservative commentators that Mitt Romney must win both of these perennial swing states to capture the oval office, while President Obama can afford to lose one or the other, but not both. A close analysis of the Electoral College map, as well as recent demographic and political shifts over the past decade, however, could be making this view somewhat antiquated; a development which might work in the … Continue reading

Senator John Kerry on Today’s Historic SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Senior Member of the Finance Committee, today released a statement lauding the Supreme Court of the United States for upholding the Affordable Care Act:  “This is an important day for the Supreme Court and an important day for Americans who need affordable health care coverage.  But I hope this will also be an important day for our politics and our discourse.  For the past three years, opponents of health reform did everything they could to distort and deceive.  They tried to scare the American public with outright lies about ‘death panels’ and ‘socialized medicine.’  When that didn’t work, they came up with a new strategy: claim that the individual mandate the Republican Party itself had invented … Continue reading

Fast Out The Box: Pelosi Quick To Laud Healthcare ‘Victory’

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi was fast to react to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of healthcare reform, apparently beating even President Obama to the punch to claim victory in Thursday’s historic ruling. The high court appeared to have upheld at least most of the 2010 healthcare reform law, including the controversial individual mandate which will require most Americans to have some sort of health coverage — or face financial penalties. In the end, even Chief Justice John Roberts — a hero of the right wing — reportedly sided with the court majority to uphold the reform law. Pelosi’s office released her statement on the matter just minutes after the high court announced its ruling. The California Democrat, who as … Continue reading

‘Obamacare Is Working’

Its fate may be in the hands of the Supreme Court come Monday, but on Friday Democrats were not shy about defending the landmark 2010 healthcare reform law on the second anniversary of its enactment. While President Obama himself talked about healthcare reform Friday only in the form of a single quote on the White House website, many other prominent Democrats were much more voluble — including Vice President Joe Biden, who extolled the virtues of reform in an email to supporters for the Democratic National Committee. But perhaps the boldest defense of healthcare reform came from the man who has his hand on the president’s political pulse, the head of the Obama 2012 re-election campaign. Campaign Manager Jim Messina … Continue reading