The battle over Obamacare gives me such deja vu sometimes. Recall that Scott Brown ran for Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election in January 2010. Brown ran on the platform of being the 41st vote in the Senate for the GOP, and the silver bullet for Obamacare. Well, that didn’t quite pan out, but his election did prevent the Democrats from brining the bill back to Senate, for it would have been defeated in a filibuster.
Now, Brown is weighing a run for the Senate in New Hampshire, and what is he basing his platform on (once again) opposing Obamacare.
In the FoxNews.com op-ed, Brown focuses on the effects of the federal health-care law in New Hampshire — not Massachusetts, notably — and appears to take a shot at his would-be opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
“Many other Americans are experiencing fewer medical options as insurers restrict their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low,” Brown writes, adding: “For example, in New Hampshire, only 16 of the state’s 26 hospitals are available on the federal exchange, meaning patients must either pay more to keep their current doctor or seek inferior care elsewhere.”
Brown then mentions New Hampshire a second time: “New Hampshire is not alone. Across the country, some of the best hospitals are not available on plans on the exchange, leaving patients with difficult choices and unwanted sometimes, life threatening decisions.”
Brown doesn’t name Shaheen, but he does allude to Democrats who have been offering changes to the health-care law. Shaheen has been out-front in pushing for an extended open enrollment period.
“Obamacare became the law of the land because every single Democratic senator fell in line with their party bosses and voted for it,” Brown said. “For any sitting member of the Senate to somehow now suggest that they are fighting to protect their constituents from this ‘trainwreck’ is completely hypocritical.
“Not only is President Obama to blame here, so too are every single one of the Democratic senators who forced this fiasco on the American people.”
There’s nothing new in politics.