Will November be a referendum on Obamacare?

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  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    This was a close result in a district that had a Republican in it before this race so... this tells us nothing at all. (And no, Sink didn't really outspend him 4:1 when you account for the 2/3 of campaign spending by outside political groups which of course are conservative dominated like Americans For Prosperity and Crossroads GPS).

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 14, 2014 7:28 a.m.

    Will November be a referendum on Obamacare?

    This could have come out of a right-wing newspaper 2 years ago!
    The trouncing of the Republicans in 2012 was the referendum.

    And the GOP is going to take it again for shutting-down the Government and crying for yet another non-defensive, un-funded war in Crimea.

    Why does the DN publish such one-sided biased propaganda from the same reporter?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 14, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    Its a rather silly question. How often do we hear each election is about abortion rights/right to life? How often do we get messages that the election was about immigration reform? Heck, entitlements or the national debt... that is what the election was about. Its about what ever pet issue the writer has. The answer is each and ever election is about all of these, because very few people vote on a single issue.

    People are divers, and have different needs. Not agreeing with you does not make them ignorant nor freeloaders and members of the santa clause party. One of my dear friends is a devout conservative, and yet has a daughter who is gay... she is neither ignorant nor a freeloader, and yet feels her daughters rights need to be protected.

    The world is not one dimensional. Politics (except for a few) isn't a single dimension proposition either

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    March 13, 2014 11:44 p.m.

    @CHS 85: "I thought the presidential election in 2012 was supposed to be a "referendum on Obamacare."

    Obamacare was relatively new and untried, thus had little negative effect on voters.

    Today it's a different story. As Nancy Pelosi tells us 'you have to pass a bill before you know what's in it.' With Obamacare you have to try to implement it before you can see what a fouled up mess it is.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    I am carefully observing to see if Obamacare can survive under its own weight. I heard today that Obama authorized an additional 2 year delay of the required individual mandate. There is now a "hardship" provision that may extend to anyone who feels Obamacare is a hardship, that would allow delay of the requirement to get an ACA approved plan. How do the pieces stay together when the mandates and rules are delayed for 2 years and counting?

    I think Obama knows it is falling apart and only wants to keep it on life support until his term ends. Then the next president can deal with the train wreck that is Obamacare. A Democrat president will likely make major changes, perhaps even going to a single-payer system. A Republican president may get enough support to drop Obamacare and come up with something that could be workable.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2014 3:56 p.m.


    "Democrats are set to lose big in 2014."

    "While their ever-present and sometimes intense rooting for him will certainly help Obama, there are a host of reasons why Obama will lose." - Thomas Del Baccaro, April 2012 (from Brietbart)

    "It is time to call the 2012 election. President Obama cannot win. He will likely lose big, in a very lopsided election." - Monty Perelin, May 2012 (from American Thinker)

    "Understanding history, today I am even more convinced of a resounding Romney victory." - Wayne Allen Root, May 2012 (from The Blaze)

    Shall I go on?

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    March 13, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Democrats are set to lose big in 2014.

    Obviously, some are in denial.

    Denial doesn't change much of anything though.

    Most all of the losses ARE due to Obamacare.

    Will Obamacare be repealed? Probably, but so many people have either lost their healthcare entirely, or have been forced to purchase insurance with deductibles so high that they might as well not even have insurance.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    "Reagan couldn't win in today's sorry America."

    He wouldn't win a Republican primary in today's America.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    To patriot: Why are Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden doing so well economically? They are far more socialized than Greece or France. According to your theory that should be impossible.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 13, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    4.3 million Americans have now signed up for Obamacare. Looking at the evidence, Americans are liking their new health care. Time for repubs to find another piƱata. Maybe Benghazi or birth certificates!?

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 13, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    CHS In 2012 no one knew what was in Obamacare and Americans foolishly believe what Obama and the Demos told us: "If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it, period". "The ACA will save the average American family $2500 per year in healthcare insurance premiums". The ACA will create 6 million jobs". All lies that have since been totally exposed! That's the difference between then and today!

    March 13, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    I agree with CHS 85. Obamacare was passed into law in March of 2010. The referendum on that was the 2012 presidential election. Mitt Romney took a firm stand against Obamacare. He could not have been more clear about his opposition to the new law. All of those who opposed Obamacare had a very clear choice of who to vote for. As such, 2012 was the referendum.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    This was done when Romney lost.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    I thought the presidential election in 2012 was supposed to be a "referendum on Obamacare."

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 13, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    Will November be a referendum on Obamacare? No. The reason? The public in general is so uninformed and uninterested that the vast majority only care about one thing - do I get more free stuff? The Santa Clause party will certainly promise more free stuff so case closed. As I have said before.. Reagan couldn't win in today's sorry America. This country is sliding down hill so fast that the only wake up call will be the same sort or entitlement crisis that Greece experienced ...and is still experiencing...bankruptcy and burning cars in the street to protest. Yes the goodies are all gone. The solution? Jack up taxes on the wealthy to 75% as France did (another bankrupt Socialist country). Actually this is no solution at all because the rich will simply leave....move their business and their bank accounts some where else. Socialism creates its own "death spiral" economically and to those that pay attention the examples are everywhere in Europe today...if you care or dare to look. Want a glimpse of America in 5-8 years? Take a look at Greece and France. China can't wait to take America's place in the economic world.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    The seat in question in this race has been held by a Republican for most of the past four decades. I wouldn't put too much significance into it one way or the other.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 13, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    Ask Alex Sink in Florida! And that after she outspent her GOP opponent David Jolly 4X and even had Slick Willy come and campaign for her! And its only just beginning folks!