In a March 14 press release, Louisiana Democrats bashed Bill Cassidy's attempt to raise funds through praising and protecting Medicare. In a fundraising e-mail, Cassidy criticized Obamacare for cutting billions of dollars from Medicare. However, the press release pointed out that Cassidy has repeatedly voted for Medicare cuts suggested in Rep. Paul Ryan's budgets - when, according to the Democrats-- the money saved funded tax breaks for billionaires. Furthermore, the release claimed Cassidy has voted to "raise the Medicare eligibility age to 70, to privatize Medicare by turning it into a voucher program, and to force seniors to pay $6,800 more for their health care each year." Campaign for Louisiana Communications Director Andrew Zucker said that Cassidy's move is "the textbook definition of hypocrisy" and that Cassidy "just doesn't care, and [is] hoping that Louisianians simply won't notice."
While Louisiana Democrats questioned Cassidy's Medicare support, the NRSC continued to pound Sen. Mary Landrieu on Obamacare. In today's press release. the NRSC argued that Landrieu now tries to distance herself from Obamacare after realizing that it is not what she thought it would be. In response to Landrieu and her fellow Obamacare supporters' letter stating that people with cancelled 2013 plans who consider their replacement plans too expensive should quality for a "hardship exemption," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote that "there still may be a small number of consumers who are not able to renew their existing plans and are having difficulty finding an acceptable replacement in the Marketplace." This response is, according to NRSC, an attempt to cover for Mary Landrieu and other Democrats up for election this fall. Furthermore, the release claimed that Landrieu's letter proves that she was confused about what Obamacare did when she voted for it, and that she now will say anything to save her political career. NRSC Secretary Brook Hougesen said that Landrieu : "Mary Landrieu has ignored warnings about ObamaCare for years, but now in an election year she's suddenly recognizing the disastrous effects that the law has had in her home state...It's clear that Louisianians can no longer trust Mary Landrieu when it comes to health care and other important issues that affect their families, friends and co-workers."With the Senatorial elections less than eight months away, the Louisiana Democrats and Republicans have both thrown away the kid gloves - if they ever wore them. Not surprisingly, both parties are looking for issues that appeal to large groups of voters, and they have found it in health care and the Affordable Care Act, which for now appears to be the only game in town.