May 13, 2014
OUR DEMOCRATIC HOUSE:
GOP goes quiet on ObamaCare (Elise Viebeck, 05/12/14 , The Hill)
There's mending to do. It's never ending. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2014 3:30 PMHouse Republicans have no scheduled votes or hearings on ObamaCare, signaling a shift in the party's strategy as the White House rides a wave of good news on the law.Not a single House committee has announced plans to attack the healthcare law in the coming weeks, and only one panel of jurisdiction commented to The Hill despite repeated inquiries.GOP campaign committees also declined to say whether they will launch any new efforts on the law.The lack of action highlights the GOP's struggle to adjust its message now that enrollment in the exchanges beat projections and the uninsured rate is going down. Insurers also report that 80 to 90 percent of new policyholders are paying their premiums, contradicting a frequent criticism from the GOP.This dynamic was laid bare last week as Republicans failed to land punches against the healthcare law in a hearing of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. In a rare display, Democrats began to control the message as witnesses from health insurance companies rebuffed several lines of GOP questioning.