Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne takes the chattering classes to task in his column Monday for disseminating the "patently false" conventional wisdom that Democrats are running away from healthcare reform ahead of the mid-terms.
Dionne argues that "more and more of them are proudly campaigning on what the plan has achieved - and they should." He writes that the shift has been noticeable since new provisions went into effect Sept. 23: guaranteed coverage for children with pre-existing conditions, new rules allowing children up to age 26 to stay on their parents' plans, the ban on rescissions.
At least three Democratic incumbent are now running ads touting their support for the law.
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) has a TV ad that flips Republican talking points on their head and warns challenger Ron Johnson: "hands off my healthcare!" The message: Johnson's call for repealing the law would "put insurance companies back in control."
Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) are also touting the law, and in Louisiana state Rep. Cedric Richmond is attacking Republican Rep. Joseph Cao for voting against the law.
"If Democrats say nothing about what the actual health-care law does," Dionne writes, "the [Republican] parody is all that will stick in voters' minds."