Democrats could show they learned from ObamaCare by voting for Price
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Endangered red state Democrats are facing a critical moment in deciding whether to vote for Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the highly accomplished nominee for Health and Human Services secretary. Price, who has represented a district on the outskirts of Atlanta since 2005 and serves as the House Budget Committee chairman, previously had a career as an orthopedic surgeon and as a successful business owner.

Liberals are looking for a reason to convince Senate Democrats to oppose Price. Marilyn Geewax, a senior business editor at National Public Radio, accused Price of being against finding a cure for cancer. The basis for the allegation was Geewax’s analysis of his body language at a State of the Union speech.

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Another media “highlight” was this comically biased headline from NBC News: “Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Favors the Rich, Not the Sick, Experts Argue.” Surely, numerous experts must have weighed in to warrant something that heavy handed? Not on your life: the story was pegged to an op-ed by two liberal professors, both of whom have donated thousands of dollars to Democratic political candidates including President Obama and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble GOP primary in NH House race draws national spotlight MORE. That detail was (of course) absent from the article.

But nearly seven years after President Obama signed his eponymous (and disastrous) healthcare overhaul into law, Democrats have little credibility left on the issue. It also looks like party leaders have not learned from that mistake. Only days away before watching President Trump take the oath of office, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer mourns death of 'amazing' father Feehery: The honest contrarian Biden administration to release oil from strategic reserve: reports MORE led colleagues in an ostentatious, middle-of-the-night protest on the Senate floor to champion ObamaCare one more time.

Are Senate Democrats like Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Ex-Rep. Akin dies at 74 Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights MORE (whose state Trump won with 56.4 percent of the vote), Montana Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterFive Senate Democrats reportedly opposed to Biden banking nominee Dark money group spent 0M on voter turnout in 2020 Biden to speak on economy Tuesday, with Fed pick imminent MORE (56.2 percent), North Dakota Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampVirginia loss lays bare Democrats' struggle with rural voters Washington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight MORE (63.0 percent), West Virginia Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season Bernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions MORE (67.9 percent), and Indiana Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit Biden taps former Indiana Sen. Donnelly as ambassador to Vatican Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights MORE (56.9% percent) going to march in lockstep with their party’s leaders in opposing Price and trying to keep ObamaCare?

It’s not just conservatives coming around to Price. He enjoys support both from the American Medical Association – which previously endorsed ObamaCare – and from the American Hospital Association.

Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, have launched an all-out smear campaign, callously misrepresenting Price’s financial disclosures to insinuate he’s done something wrong, despite providing zero evidence that’s the case. According to Schumer, it’s apparently illegal to invest in stocks, something they might want to tell their fellow Democrats about.

Despite all this, Price will ultimately be confirmed with ease thanks to former Democratic Senate Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidVoters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama Mellman: Are independents really so independent? MORE’s decision to nuke the filibuster.

In coming months, red state Democrats will have many opportunities pick between left-wing interest groups or the clearly expressed wishes of the people they’re meant to represent. Examples of those opportunities include Price’s confirmation, repealing ObamaCare, and repealing related provisions of ObamaCare that may come up before the full law is repealed, such as the Independent Payments Advisory Board that some have referred to as a “death panel.”

If Democrats persist continue to support federal control over healthcare to the detriment of consumers, it will almost certainly become a campaign issues that ends with Republicans expanding their congressional majority in 2018.

But at the behest of liberal party leaders in the Senate, those vulnerable Democrats are being pressured to fight for ObamaCare at every turn. If they don’t learn to buck those leaders soon, as the saying goes, it will be their funeral.

Megan Barth is the founder and proprietor of ReaganBaby.com and a nationally recognized political commentator. She is a weekly cohost for WAR-The Wayne Allyn Root Show out of Las Vegas, NV and has appeared on Headline News CNN, NewsMax TV, One America News Network, The Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler, America Trends with Dr. Gina, The Blaze Radio, and has regular weekly appearances on several nationally syndicated radio shows.


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