Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the Democratic candidate for governor, has launched a new television ad that highlights her role in supporting the passage of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The commercial, running across the state, is notewarthy in that, at a time then Democratic across the country are treating the legislation warily, Ms. Schwartz is embracing it so prominently.
The other three Democrats seeking the gubernatorial nomination share Ms. Schwartz overall position on the law. They have all criticized Gov. Tom Corbett for failing to go aliong with the law's expansion of Medicaid and, in contrast to the governor, they would establish a state-based exchange for Pennsylvanians shopping for health insurance under the law. Ms. Schwartz, however, is the first to feature that position so visibly.
The ad includes shots of Ms. Schwartz with President Barack Obama at a time when his overall approval rating continues to lag. An aggregation of recent polls compiled at Pollster.com found the president overall job approval rating at 46 percent approve, 49 percent disapprove, while views toward his record on health care are even more negative, with 41 percent approval and 53 percent disapproval. His ratings, and attitudes toward the landmark legislation, are considerably more positive among Democrats, however, and that's the audience Ms. Schwartz is worried about now, in the face of the polling lead amassed by York County businessman Tom Wolf.
“I worked with President Obama on the Affordable Care Act and getting health coverage to all Americans,” Schwartz says at one point in the ad. “It was my legislation that said insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for kids with pre-existing conditions. It’s something I’m proud of because it also closed the gap in prescription drug coverage for seniors.”