Democrats doggedly pursued and proudly passed a large-scale reform of the nation's health insurance system in 2010, only to take a drubbing at the polls last November. But now, in the face of Republican efforts to repeal the law, Democrats see an opportunity to take advantage of a "do-over" with their salesmanship to the public.
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During the midterm campaigns, Democrats seemed to be running away from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. After taking what President Obama described as a "shellacking" in the election, some Democrats have complained that the party did not sufficiently or effectively sell the aspects of the law that would have made it more popular.
With House Republicans reopening the health care debate in their largely symbolic vote to repeal the law, Democrats say they have been given the chance to once again showcase what health care reform can do for this country. It is, they hope, a rare second chance to correct a bad first impression.
"Today, the American people have greater health security than they did a year ago," President Obama said in a statement today. "Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans no longer have to live in fear that insurance companies will drop or cap their coverage if they get sick, or that they'll face double-digit premium increases with no accountability or recourse. Small businesses across the country can take advantage of a new health care tax credit to offer coverage to their employees, and children suffering from an illness or pre-existing condition can no longer be denied coverage."