September 22, 2016

Public Option Fight Exposes How Liberal 2016 Senate Candidates Are

A fight brewing in Congress is tearing apart liberal and moderate Senate Democrats. In addition to dividing Democrats on Capitol Hill, this fight also exposes just how liberal the Democratic candidates running in 2016 are, too. Friday 33 liberal Democratic Senators, led by Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, pushed forward a resolution that would add the public option to Obamacare. This effort is also being backed by the extreme leftist group Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Yet as Politico highlighted this morning, absent from the list of Senate Democrats fighting for the public option is their Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, as well as many of the more moderate Democrats.

In addition to dividing Democrats on Capitol Hill, this fight also exposes just how liberal the Democrats running in 2016. In the competitive races this year, almost every Democrat either supported the public option while Obamacare was being debated in 2009 and 2010 or supports it this year. That means that Deborah Ross in North Carolina, Jason Kander in Missouri, Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania, Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona, Patrick Murphy in Florida, and Ted Strickland in Ohio have all told their constituents that they want to double down on the worst aspects of Obamacare instead of fixing it.

The fact that these Senate candidates are pushing to expand Obamacare while premiums are rising by double digits, out-of-pocket costs are skyrocketing, and insurance choices are decreasing, shows prospective voters how extreme and liberal these candidates are. These Democrats can’t be trusted to put voter’s best interests before a crazy ideological crusade.