Jim VandeHei and I have a story this morning about those angry town hall protests over Obamacare repeal — and why Republicans should be way more scared of them than they are. The reason: health care is easy to politicize, Republicans did it to Democrats in 2009, and now Democrats are more than happy to return the favor.
Sure, Republicans aren't the ones who have to convince people that "death panels" and "rationing" aren't real, like the Democrats did. But they do have to convince everyone that they're not really going to dump 20 million newly insured people in the streets, like Democrats claim. Why is that so hard to do? Because they can't tell their audiences what the plan is. So Republicans are going into the town hall meetings unprepared. Read our story here.
Next ad to worry about: The pro-Obamacare group Save My Care is out with a new ad this morning that says House Speaker Paul Ryan is wrong to say the law is "collapsing." Ryan's right about the double-digit premium hikes throughout the country, but some analysts say it was a one-time problem and probably wouldn't have happened again next year.