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article imageObamacare impact on midterm elections fades off into the sunset

By John Presta     Sep 17, 2014 in Politics
Washington - Everyone is talking about The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obmacare, if you will) and its impact on the 2014 midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4. That list includes the Wall Street Journal, Marketwatch, Politico and the Washington Post.
The Wall Street Journal headlines, "Health Law's Election Impact Is Dimming." proclaims "Obamacare losing punch as a campaign issue." Politico declares "Obamacare: From game-changer to background noise." The Washington Post simply states, "In one year, Obamacare goes from top congressional issue to barely mentioned."
What happened?
After all, Obamacare was going to be the defining issue of the 2014 campaign using words like "job killer" and "government overreach" and simply a "disaster." Thus far, President Obama's legacy law has been none of those. Of course, the Republicans try and put the best spin on the subject, like Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. "Obamacare is part of the mix, but it is nowhere near the sole focus of our campaigns. Obamacare has come to symbolize government overreach, Obama's liberal values and poor policy judgment."
The White House accurately points out that the number of uninsured dropped by 3.8 million in early 2014, during the enrollment period for the health law. The White House added, "The Affordable Care Act is working and well on its way to ensuring that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care."
The Wall Street Journal admits that between Oct. 2013 and March 2014, 42 percent of all Congressional campaign ads included attacks on the health law, according to the Wesleyan Media Project. Since then, the proportion has dropped to 23 percent, as advertising ramped up, as other issues dominate.
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