By Jonathan Tilove
In an act of ultimate collegiality -- or more likely its opposite - Sen. David Vitter, R-La., on Wednesday sent his "team" an email forwarding to his supporters Sen. Mary Landrieu's "Dear friend" missive to constituents of last Friday in which she asserted the "clear and convincing benefits of health reform" two years after enactment of the Affordable Care Act.
Despite what she said was the law's obvious success, Landrieu wrote, "there is still a great deal of misinformation and political rhetoric surrounding the issue. However, as time goes on, the benefits of this law will become clearer and clearer, and the dangers of repeal will become even more apparent."
That of course is exactly the opposite of Vitter's view.
As he wrote his team, "Two years down this perilous road, health care costs are rising and health insurance coverage options are shrinking. A large majority of Americans continue to make it very clear they do not support Obamacare, and many, like me, want its immediate, full repeal,"
"Of course," Vitter continued, "some see it differently. I thought I'd pass along an email newsletter I received from Sen. Landrieu still praising and defending Obamacare. Thought you'd want to know."
In the same spirit, Landrieu thanked Vitter for helping to spread the word about the bill's success.
"I know Senator Vitter likely had his own reasons for forwarding my email message on to his supporters. But I want to thank him for helping spread the word to Louisianians about the benefits of and the need for the Affordable Care Act," she said. "I hope everyone in Louisiana reads it, and I'm happy to answer any questions about why health care reform is so important to our state."
In her newsletter, Landrieu listed some of the benefits she said had befallen Louisianans as a result of the health care law.
* "52,932 Louisiana seniors on Medicare received a 50 percent discount on their prescription drugs when they fell into the donut hole last year."
* "5,000 Louisiana young adults have gained health coverage now that children may remain on their parents' coverage until they turn 26."
* "More than 275,000 Louisiana women can now also receive free mammograms, bone density scans and cervical cancer screenings without a co-pay. "
* "60,000 small businesses in Louisiana are eligible for tax credits to make employee coverage more affordable."