‘Not Smart’ #PAGov Primary Strategy: Bragging About Helping GOP Undermine Obamacare

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To recap, the candidate trying to brand herself as the strongest Obamacare supporter is the only one with a record of repeatedly voting with Republicans to undermine the law:

Schwartz acknowledged to reporters that she has attempted to undo what many see as key components of Obamacare, a medical device tax and the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

“The basic concept, the big ideas in this legislation, I embrace completely,” she said.

And now the conservative PEG PAC, who do not like Obamacare one bit, are highlighting Allyson Schwartz’s comments from today’s PA press club appearance to their supporters:

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The “not smart” parts of the law that Schwartz has been trying to undo are key pay-fors and cost controls that conservative opponents of the law and their industry backers are afraid will work too well.

These are not the parts of the law that Democrats don’t like. This is why you can’t trust Allyson Schwartz on Obamacare implementation.

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6 Responses to ‘Not Smart’ #PAGov Primary Strategy: Bragging About Helping GOP Undermine Obamacare

  1. Sean Kitchen says:

    such a brogressive.

  2. David Diano says:

    It’s not like Schwartz is going to win.

  3. JebF says:

    Nothing yet on this blog about some seriously questionable behavior on the part of Wolf’s campaign. What are your thoughts on Wolf’s plagiarism or the way he financed his campaign? Do you find him more trustworthy than Schwartz?

    • Do you find him more trustworthy than Schwartz?

      Who are you for? Frankly, I don’t trust any politician. Not even Bernie Sanders or Russ Feingold. The question then becomes who is the least dishonest and doesn’t take me for a chump. Schwartz fails that test. So does McGinty since she’s endorsed by Bob Rubin.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      I definitely do find him more trustworthy than Schwartz. The plagiarism thing is a big nothingburger. The consultant they hired to help with the policy agenda (which, by the way, is much more ambitious and progressive than anything the other candidates have put out) screwed up and pulled a few paragraphs from this building retrofitting document. They scanned all their stuff for plagiarism using a software program that they later discovered didn’t scan PDFs. It’s a classic case of fucking up.

      But what does that actually reveal about the campaign? That’s they’re beholden to Big Retrofit? If only! That’s something liberals support. If the campaign’s economic policy is unduly influenced by contractors trying to rehab a bunch of old buildings in cities, that wouldn’t be a scandal. That’d be the best thing ever!

      As for the campaign finance stuff, it sounds like he and his partners cashed out of the business at the top of the market, rather serendipitously, and then a few years later we had the deepest recession since the Great Depression, where lots of investors lost a lot of money. Rather than walking away from the situation and letting his old business fail, Wolf went back in to help turn it around and looks to have succeeded. Like the situation with the policy document, it looks sorta bad if you squint hard enough, and people can certainly find a lot of Political Things to say about it during the hack season we’re in. But when you take off the hack hat, none of this stuff says anything about Wolf’s character or his capacity to craft progressive state policy.

      • JebF says:

        Interesting points, thanks for the response.

        I see what you’re saying about the plagiarism being a classic case of unintended screw up rather than malicious cheating. And I’m not naive enough to think each candidate writes each word of his/her platform. But it does reveal more distance than I’m comfortable with if Wolf neither wrote his platform nor read the material that he supposedly used to craft his positions (i.e. what he plagiarized). He is supposed to be the progressive wonk who really cares about the nuts and bolts of policy, not the guy who pays some other people, not even members of his in-house campaign team, to tell him what to think. I’m certainly not condemning him, but I do think it’s more significant than you say.

        Yours is also quite a forgiving view of how he financed his campaign. You prefer the hero view (“rather than walking away… Wolf went back in to help turn it around”), but it’s just as easy to see it as an act of political expediency. There is approximately a 0% chance he could have successfully run for governor (something he’s wanted to do for the better part of a decade) as the guy who got rich before his namesake business failed. Then, even though his company is still deeply in debt (albeit much healthier than before) he leaves and takes out huge personal loans on top of his already fat bank account to run for governor. That’s a particularly unforgiving view of his story, but you get my point.

        Should be an interesting few weeks…