2:26 PM, Nov 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Colonel Rob Maness, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, is asking any and all 80,000 Louisianans who are expected to lose their health insurance due to Obamacare regulations to email his campaign with their stories.
"The devastating effects of Obamacare do not discriminate on party lines," said Maness in a statement. "They affect all Louisianans. Today, I am calling for the 80,000 to speak up and contact me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or on Twitter. I want to hear your stories and share them. We must hold our elected officials accountable for their actions."
Maness is running for the seat currently held by Democrat Mary Landrieu, who voted for Obamacare in 2010. Landrieu has defended her support for the law, although she has introduced legislation that would force insurers to continue providing the same policies to individuals in 2014 that were provided in 2013.
In a press release, the Maness campaign argues why those constituents who will lose their insurance could be problematic for Landrieu:
The figure of 80,000 Louisianans will prove problematic for Landrieu, who won her first election by only 5,794 votes and her second by 42,012. Landrieu's biggest margin of victory came in 2008, when she won by 122,121 votes. If only half of the 80,000 losing coverage have dependents sharing their coverage, that would add up to ... 120,000 ticked-off voters.
Landrieu's opponents will likely continue to hammer the Democrat for her 2010 vote as the 2014 election season heats up. Another Republican Senate candidate, congressman Bill Cassidy, released a video earlier this week critical of Landrieu's support for Obamacare. Watch that video below:
12:08 PM, Nov 7, 2013 • By ADAM J. WHITE
By now it's an understatement to say—as Senate Democrats said to President Obama yesterday—that Democrats face a national "crisis of confidence" in the Affordable Care Act. And their confidence likely wasn't buttressed by the closing weeks of the Virginia gubernatorial campaign, in which the botched Obamacare rollout whittled Democrat Terry McAuliffe's once-substantial lead down to a surprisingly close margin.
5:30 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mary Landrieu, the Democrat from Louisiana, has introduced a bill called the "Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act." The bill recognizes that Americans are losing their individual health plans because they don't conform to the new regulations under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:00 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Obamacare suffering from the one-two punch of 'misstatements' and failing policies.
9:58 AM, Nov 4, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Losing the argument and running out of ideas, Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu resorts to a tactic that worked wonderfully for President Obama.
10:02 AM, Nov 1, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate Democrats, including those up for reelection in 2014, voted three years ago against removing a grandfather rule from Obamacare. Because that rule remains in the law, insurance companies are being forced to cancel policies that don't comply with the Obamacare regulations. CNN's Chris Frates reports:
Landrieu to introduce bill to keep Obamacare promise of "if you like your health plan, you can keep it."5:31 PM, Oct 31, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mary Landrieu, the Democratic senator from Louisiana, will introduce her own bill to allow Americans who like their health insurance plan to keep that plan. Landrieu, who said Wednesday she would be open to sponsoring legislation of that kind, released a statement about her intention:
12:41 PM, Oct 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat from Louisiana, tells Politico's Manu Raju that she'd be interested in supporting a proposal to allow Americans who like their current health insurance plan to keep it for next year. Here's the story from Politico:
8:01 AM, Oct 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In December 2009, Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu assured Americans that the Obamacare legislation being debated in Congress would not affect those who like their plans. Watch the video of her speech on the floor of the Senate:
“While those individuals who like the coverage they already have will be able to keep their current plan," said Landrieu at the time. "This is a very accurate description of this bill before us."
2:33 PM, Oct 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina who is up for reelection in 2014, says she supports delaying the deadline for signing up for health insurance under Obamacare's individual mandate. Hagan, who voted for Obamacare back in 2010, also says the fine for not signing up for health insurance should be waived.
9:37 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New polls of likely voters in three key states in next year's U.S. Senate election show Republicans running just behind incumbent Democrats. Harper Polling, a firm associated with Republicans and working on behalf of conservative super PAC American Crossroads, conducted surveys of likely voters in Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana, where those state's Democratic senators face reelection in 2014 (via Politico). In each of those races, most of the potential Republican challengers poll within single digits of the Democrat.
11:02 AM, Aug 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, is making the case that some "cyber" jobs need to be moved away from the Washington, D.C. area -- and to Louisiana, where those people might be physically safer.
“Those jobs can’t all be based inside Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.,” she explained to a local paper. "Some of those jobs need to be located outside the blast zone."
Landrieu did not explain what blasts she expects to hit the Washington, D.C. area, or when those blasts might hit.
1:35 PM, Aug 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll commissioned for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign finds voters in Louisiana are overwhelmingly opposed to Obamacare. In the survey of 600 voters, 62 percent say they oppose the health care law, including 53 percent who say they strongly oppose it. Only 33 percent support Obamacare.
8:07 AM, Aug 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Louisiana Senate Democrat Mary Landrieu is doubling down on her support for Obamacare. She says, if a vote for Obamacare were held tomorrow, she'd again vote to support the bill.
"No more free riders. Everybody has to share responsibility so we can keep a healthy work force and keep it strong. And I can give you more information about it. If I had to vote for the bill again, I'd vote for it tomorrow. There are a lot of good things about this bill," said Landrieu.