It’s an old rule in politics — when you are wrong, change the conversation.
Congressman Jim Himes is trying to do just that, and will be trying to do it throughout this election year. He will do anything to not talk about our stagnant economy or how he is hurting Fairfield County families through his continued support of Obamacare.
In the past few weeks, Himes has given interviews and written op-eds (commentaries) on topics as diverse as financial regulation and NSA surveillance. While these are important, they are not the issues that are causing the most uncertainty and worry for Fairfield County families as we greet the new year.
Families are hurting, but Jim Himes does not want to talk about it. Jobs are still scarce in Fairfield County — we have lost 1.3 million jobs nationwide since Jim Himes took office, and Connecticut is 50th out of the 50 states in job creation.
Hinders job creation
Why is job creation so bad this far into the “recovery”? Because Washington politicians like Jim Himes continue to support policies that hinder job creation — whether being part of the partisan gridlock that causes so much uncertainty, or supporting increased regulation on small businesses that create jobs.
And then there is healthcare, where Jim Himes on Oct. 11 of last year claimed that “no one will lose their health insurance” under Obamacare. Jim Himes does not want to talk about this lie, and in fact canceled a number of forums on the topic he had scheduled last year.
When he had the opportunity to fix it, he opposed the bill, voting against the bipartisan legislation that allowed people to keep their current health insurance.
He doesn’t want to talk about how he voted against one of the few areas of bipartisan cooperation in Washington; he wants to change the conversation.
People losing healthcare coverage
The fact is more people in Connecticut have lost their health insurance than have signed up for Obamacare. For those who with insurance, premiums have risen 35% or more in the last four years because of the Obamacare mandates, hurting families here in our district.
Families like the one I met in Trumbull, who was kicked off their health insurance plan after Jim Himes told them in October that they could keep it. They have four children and are now faced with an unexpected increased cost.
It is clear Himes doesn’t want to talk about this; he wants to change the conversation.
Hold him accountable
Jim Himes has failed us. He and other entrenched Washington politicians have created policies that stop private-sector job creation.
His blind support of Obamacare has led to more Connecticut families losing their insurance than have signed up on the exchanges.
Don’t let Jim Himes change the subject. Hold him and Washington accountable for the harm done to our families.
Dan Debicella of Shelton is a former state senator and a Republican candidate for Congress in 2014. Jim Himes, a Democrat from Greenwich, now holds the seat.