Congressman Paulsen Puts Politics Ahead of Families With Sabotage Playbook

New reports reveal that Congressman Erik Paulsen and Republicans in Congress have engineered a 17-page playbook to sabotage and repeal the Affordable Care Act, unmasking Congressman Paulsen’s true political motives – to undermine the law at all costs, not to fix and improve it for the people of Minnesota.

The New York Times reported on the detailed manual of political attacks that Republican leaders have instructed Congressman Paulsen to use to undermine the new health care law and sabotage the lower costs and better coverage it will provide their constituents.

“Congressman Paulsen has no playbook to create jobs, no playbook to pass immigration reform, no playbook to build infrastructure, and no playbook to pass a budget—all he and Republicans in Congress have is a political sabotage playbook for destroying the Affordable Care Act,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Paulsen’s playbook would take us back to the days when insurance companies had unchecked power, rather than fix and improve the law. Congressman Paulsen’s politics-first strategy already has cost our economy $24 billion thanks to his disastrous shutdown, and he is threatening another reckless shutdown in January as part of this sabotage playbook.”

BACKGROUND:

House Republicans Are Focused Exclusively on Undermining the Affordable Care Act. “The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: ‘Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.’ ‘Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.’ ‘The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.’ ‘Continue Collecting Constituent Stories.’ The document, the product of a series of closed-door strategy sessions that began in mid-October, is part of an increasingly organized Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Republican strategists say that over the next several months, they intend to keep Democrats on their heels through a multilayered, sequenced assault. […]The effort has its roots in a strategy developed last spring, when House Republican leaders — plagued by party divisions that were thwarting legislative accomplishments — refocused the House’s committees on oversight rather than on the development of new policies. […] Mr. Cantor and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, another member of the Republican leadership, have also leaned on all 231 House Republicans. A 17-page ‘House Republican Playbook’ walks members through ‘messaging tools’ like talking points, social media tactics and ‘digital fliers’; details lines of attack; offers up a sample opinion article for local newspapers; and provides an extensive timeline on the health care law and an exhaustive list of legislative responses that have gone nowhere.” [New York Times, 11/21/13]

House Republican Leaders Conceded that Their 2014 is Literally “A Blank Piece of Paper.” “Last Thursday, a group of House Republicans filed into Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Capitol office suite and received a blank piece of paper labeled ‘Agenda 2014.’ The blank slate just about sums up where Republicans find themselves after a year marked by the first government shutdown in 17 years, futile efforts to repeal Obamacare and the inability to pass spending bills at the levels set by Republican leaders.” [Politico, 11/17/13]

Headline: House GOP 2014 agenda starts with blank slate [Politico, 11/17/13]