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March 29, 2010
Marketing experts believe that "closing the sale," or helping buyers feel good about their immediate purchase, is even more important than buying the product itself. Reputations can be made or broken over the word of existing customers. Charles Schumer of New York, former chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, attempted to close the sale on the newly enacted healthcare spending bill by predicting on Sunday that, "As people learn about the bill, it's going to be more and more popular. By November, those who voted for healthcare will find it an asset, those who voted against it will find it a liability."
Unfortunately for those who voted for the healthcare spending bill, the loopholes and problems with the fine print are already dominating the news cycle as Americans begin to learn more about it. For Democratic lawmakers who voted to support passage of the legislation, these stories will only make their jobs tougher as they try to win over skeptical voters back home during the two-week Congressional break. Just look at the stories this week:
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March 17, 2010
By Ron Bonjean, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
What are the top three priorities of any Democratic or Republican White House if they are faced with skyrocketing unemployment and billions of dollars spent on extended unemployment benefits? The answer of course is creating the right economic conditions to grow jobs, jobs, and more jobs. But the Democratic leadership believes in a very different course of action. Their solution is to spend most of their time on attempting to pass a $1 trillion healthcare bill and claim that it will create more jobs.
Speaker Pelosi says a report by the Center for American Progress estimates that the Democrats’ healthcare bill would create 250,000 to 400,000 jobs per year over 10 years. However, a new study released by Americans for Tax Reform reports the exact opposite will happen. Using the center’s own methodology, it finds that the healthcare bill proposed by Democrats would destroy a total of 120,000 to 700,000 jobs by 2019. And the Heritage Foundation recently released its own analysis that the healthcare bill will lead to an estimated 690,000 lost job opportunities per year.