A new RNC spot, slated to air in Florida, continues the GOP’s “shock and lie” response to health care reform by pushing a “Senior’s Bill of Rights,” implying that Obama’s plan fails to protect, or infringes on the same.
Although this attack is long since discredited, it suggests a line of attack that we Democrats are missing. Two of the “rights” pushed in the ad — that we should “prohibit government from getting between seniors and their doctors” and “prohibit efforts to ration health care based on age” — are problems with the current system, at least partily abolished under the extant bill, which prevents discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions in public or private systems. We should be hitting this too.
Now, “I agree” strategies are generally risky, because they minimize gaps
between candidates or groups, and leave the “agreeing” party open to exploitation (remember McCain’s ads in the general). But because we’re so thoroughly losing the message game, it might be good policy to “agree” with the bill of rights, frame the current bill as a better means to the same end, and remind the public of the utter lack of an alternative plan across the aisle. At this point, it’s worth a shot.