Recently, Speaker of the House John Boehner said he viewed the republican's control of the house a success because the government hasn't done anything, as he sees the house's job to stop progress. Brad Bannon, democratic political consultant and President of Bannon Communications Research in Washington, D.C. thinks that's wrong because "the world doesn't stop spinning just because the House of Representatives isn't doing its job."
Bannon says that President Obama cannot count on congressional republicans to do anything so he's gone directly to the American people with a series of speeches on the economy in the past couple of weeks. Bannon thinks the president is now focused on mid-term elections, trying to get a democratic majority in the house he can work with to improve the economy in his last two years in office.
Bannon thinks Obama postponed the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act to work something out with employers with less than 50 employees. However, Bannon says, the Affordable Healthcare Act does a lot of other things, such as stopping the "practice of predatory health insurance companies," who, under the Act, cannot drop customers just because they get sick or put in arbitrary end coverage. The Affordable Healthcare Act is to protect customers and Bannon says that if the act is repealed, it will leave about 30 million Americans without any kind of health insurance and those healthcare costs will be passed onto the American people.
The Ryan budget has severe cuts in many important programs and Bannon thinks the best way for democrats to approach this is not get into an accounting battle but to switch the focus to jobs and economy. "If the budget is passed, it will really slow down job growth," Bannon says and will force a lot of people to lose their jobs.
Brad Bannon is President of Bannon Communications Research, a Washington, D.C.-based political polling and consulting firm. To read Bannon's op-ed piece on this topic, click here. More information can be found at www.bannoncr.com. This video commentary was hosted by The Legal Broadcast Network, which provides on-demand legal content.