Dear Dems: Get Angry if ObamaCare Goes Down

Michael Tomasky wants President Obama to fight back
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2012 5:19 PM CDT
In this March 19, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about healthcare reform at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama "needs to stand up there and get mad" if the Supreme Court strikes down some or all of ObamaCare, writes Michael Tomasky in The Daily Beast. "The law may be unpopular, but he and the Democrats are stuck with it, and being stuck with it, they need to stick by it." The provision that prevents health insurance companies from rejecting or gouging people has 85% support in one survey, and "if you can’t play offense with 85% of the people behind you, I give up."

Democrats can argue on two points, Tomasky says:

  • "First, Romney flatly opposes coverage for all people with preexisting conditions," which puts him at odds with, again, 85% of Americans. "I am sadly confident that you did not know that. Good work, Democrats."
  • A slim majority of Americans have said that a 5-4 court decision against ObamaCare would smell of politics, not Constitutional interpretation. "If Democrats aren’t afraid to make this case strongly, they can turn it into an even bigger one."
In other words, Democrats should act like Republicans, who "prowl the terrain like lions, looking for a few necks to bite" when they suffer a political loss. Click for Tomasky's full column. (Read more ObamaCare stories.)

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