Landrieu already had her chance to avoid insurance cancellations

Since the White House admitted that President Obama lied when he made a central promise about his healthcare reform law, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has been in a panic because it could hurt her chances for re-election.

Landrieu, a red state Democrat, is trying to pretend that she didn’t know that Americans would lose their health insurance coverage. Speaking from the Senate floor on Monday, she announced that she would file legislation to “clarify” Obamacare’s grandfather regulations to partially end the flood of cancellation letters that the law has caused.

“One of the important components of that bill that many of us talked about was the fact that if someone had individual insurance on the market, they could keep it,” Landrieu told her colleagues. “What is happening now, unfortunately, because of the grandfather provision in the Affordable Care Act, in my view — this may not be shared by everyone on the floor — it was not written as tightly as it should have been, as clearly as it should have been.”

“The bill I am introducing today, Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act, will clarify this grandfather clause in the Affordable Care Act so that it will clearly say that if a person has an insurance plan they like, if it is what they want and can afford, they can keep it,” she said. “This bill, if it passes, will help anywhere from 5 to 7 million people who are getting notices in the mail every day like the one I will read into the record, which was sent to someone in my state.”

Mary Landrieu realizes she was very wrong about Obamacare

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) may regret doubling down on Obamacare earlier this summer as she suddenly realizes that her support for unpopular law will likely come back to haunt her next year in her re-election bid.

Conservative group criticizes two vulnerable Democrats on Obamacare in $2 million ad buy


Americans for Prosperity, one of the most prominent grassroots conservative groups, has launched a $2 million cable TV, radio, and web ad buy in Louisiana and North Carolina, targeting two potentially vulnerable Democrats, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) over their support of Obamacare and the fix for members of Congress and their staffers.

The ad running in Louisiana accuses Landrieu of siding with President Barack Obama over her constituents, majority of whom oppose Obamacare, and focuses on her comments about voting for the law again, if she had to. It also highlights the stories of higher health insurance premiums that are becoming more and more prevalent:

Heritage Action targets vulnerable Democrats over government shutdown

 Shutdown (Pryor)

Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, has announced $400,000 ad buy in four states — Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina — targeting vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014 for their refusal to defund ObamaCare.

Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC) have all voted against House-passed spending measures to avert or end a government shutdown, siding President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

The ads, all of which can be watched below, have the same script, just substituting the names of the senators in the states where they will be run. The ad targeting Pryor will serve as an example.

“Mark Pryor promised to represent you. Instead, Mark Pryor is working for Harry Reid and Barack Obama to protect ObamaCare,” says the narrator of the ad as headlines and other imagery is displayed. “Why won’t Mark Pryor stop the shutdown and defund ObamaCare.”

“Three days into the Democrats’ government shutdown, Senators Begich, Pryor, Landrieu and Hagan have a decision to make: stand with President Obama to protect a failed law that is hurting the country or reject partisan politics to protect the people they’re supposed to represent,” said Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action, in a release announcing the ad buys.

States represented by vulnerable Senate Dems see large premiums increases

As noted earlier today, the Obama Administration has released the rates yesterday for the state exchanges opening next month that will be run by the federal government. The rates, while lower than originally estimated, may still be unaffordable for someone trying to make it through these tough economic times.

But the senators up for re-election next year will, ultimately, have to explain to voters why they voted for the so-called “Affordable Care Act” — especially Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), members who haven’t backed down from ObamaCare from states that went for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Below we’re taking a look at some of the states where we may see competitive Senate races next year and the effects of ObamaCare, using the same information from earlier today via the Wall Street Journal.

Here is a look at what a single, 27-year-old, non-smoker living in metropolitan areas in these states can expect to pay per month when they take out a “bronze” plan on the exchange, the least expensive available, compared to the lowest-cost, pre-ObamaCare rates (percentages are rounded down):

Does Mary Landrieu support European-style socialized medicine?

NRSC -- Mary Landrieu and ObamaCare

As we mentioned yesterday, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) says that if she had to vote for ObamaCare again, she “would vote for it tomorrow.” But those comments may not play well in a Louisiana, where she’s running for re-election next year.

ObamaCare is unpopular, and voters favor its repeal. In fact, 62% of likely voters in the Pelican State oppose ObamaCare, according to a recent survey from OnMessage, Inc., including 53% who strongly oppose the law.

But perhaps Landrieu, one of the most vulnerable Democrats is the Senate, agrees with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who recently said that ObamaCare is a step toward a European-style single-payer healthcare system.

A new ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) highlights some past statements she has made about the United States’s healthcare system and slams her for being out of touch with Louisiana voters on ObamaCare.

“Mary Landrieu is embarrassed about Louisiana for not having European Style Socialized Medicine,” notes the NRSC ad. “She says: “It’s embarrassing to me to go to places like France and Spain…and their workers all manage to have health insurance that can’t be taken away.”

Landrieu made those comments during the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce event — the same event where she said she would again vote for ObamaCare if she had the chance. The ad goes on to reference the poll mentioned above.

Louisiana Democrat: I would vote for ObamaCare again

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has doubled down on her vote to pass ObamaCare in 2010 and her subsequent and consistent support of the unpopular law.

During an event sponsored by the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Landrieu defended ObamaCare and declared that she would again vote for the law if it came back up in Congress.

“No more free-riders. Everybody has to share responsibility so we can keep a healthy workforce and keep it strong,” said Landrieu in her defense of ObamaCare. “If I had to vote for the bill again, I would vote for it tomorrow.”

LA Senate: Mary Landrieu trails Republican challenger

Mary Landrieu

Republicans have a very real shot at picking off Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), according to a poll released yesterday by Conservative Intelligence Briefing.

Landrieu, who has served in the Senate since 1997, is thought to be one of the most vulnerable Democrats facing re-election next year and the outcome of the race could determine whether Republicans take control of the chamber. But it looks like Landrieu and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) will have their work cut out for them if they hope to retain control of the seat.

“The poll, conducted for Conservative Intel last week by Harper Polling, shows the three-term senator trailing, 47 to 45 percent, against U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican representing most of the Baton Rouge area,” wrote David Freddoso, editor of the conservative site.

“This despite the fact that Cassidy, a medical doctor who announced his candidacy in April, is not very well known throughout the state — 59 percent of the 596 likely voters surveyed did not know enough about him to form a favorable or unfavorable opinion,” he added. “Cassidy’s lead is well within the poll’s four-point margin of error, so the two should be considered in a statistical tie. On the generic ballot, 42 percent of respondents said they would prefer to elect a Republican, versus 41 percent who wanted a Democrat to win.”

Mary Landrieu fires and misses on issues dear to Louisiana


The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is out with a new ad against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). For those of who grew up during the day of the 8-bit Nintendo, it may bring back some memories.

The ad, which plays off the game Duck Hunt, ran on Wednesday during the season premiere of Duck Dynasty, which is based in Louisiana. It focuses on how Landrieu “keeps firing and missing” on several issues important to the Bayou State — including ObamaCare, job creation, and taxes.

Landrieu, who could be vulnerable next year, voted for ObamaCare in 2010 and has constantly voted against efforts to repeal it, including the most recent vote in March.

“Duck Dynasty” star courted for U.S. House seat

Willie Robertson

It’s unlikely that Willie Robertson would leave his successful business and television show to run in a special election for Congress, but that’s not discouraging Republicans from trying to recruit the Duck Dynasty star.

Paul Bedard reported yesterday at the Washington Examiner that overtures are being made to Robertson to run for the seat left open by Rep. Rodney Alexander, who recently left office to work in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration:

Alexander, expressing frustration with divided government, is going to work in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet. He will leave at the end of September and a special election will be held to fill the open seat.

He represents the 5th District, including Monroe, La., home to the group headed by Robertson, the game call and hunting companies Duck Commander and Buck Commander. Alexander and his staff are also friendly with the Robertson family, especially Willie.

Robertson is more famous for the TV hit Duck Dynasty on A&E about the family business, in which where he is known for being the CEO prankster. He is a self-described “redneck millionaire.”

“My boys want to run Willie Robertson for the seat,” said a key outside advisor to House GOP leadership. The source said that efforts are being made to interest Robertson into running.

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