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Politico - Was 'Obamacare' Doomed from the Start?

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By Erika Lovley

First of all, it started off on the wrong foot. Many of us believe that we need health care reform. That being said - Americans felt like they weren't being listened to. There were a lot of people across the political spectrum who said we don't want a one-size-fits-all healthcare plan. Those feelings were exacerbated by some of the different legislative maneuvers -- there were sweeteners going around to get people to vote for the bill.

The debate on healthcare was not done like most of our conferences are done - meaning it was not all on television. There was this procedural feeling that the bill wasn't done thoroughly and didn't reflect peoples' wishes. It's not coincidence that upwards of 60 percent of folks in my district are against it .

The more we know about it, we know the program is failing to meet expectations of what the Administration promised. If you go to my district, you hear it all the time -- folks' insurance costs are already going up- there are a lot of things going on with this that don't live up to President Obama's promises.

No matter how good of a salesman you are, if you're trying to sell a car that won't run, it doesn't matter, it won't run and you're not going to sell it .You may make it look good from afar with a new paint job and new tires, but when someone tries to drive it, they'll walk away.


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