Reuters swings and misses on politics of health care reform


U.S. Democrats lie low after healthcare victory

Lede [emphasis added]:

The week after passing landmark healthcare reform and handing President Barack Obama an important victory, members of the U.S. Congress returned to their home districts for a recess to face constituents and justify their votes after the bruising legislative battle.

While Obama made flying visits across the country to tout the new legislation, a number of key Democrats, who led the charge for healthcare reform, seemed to keep a low profile and are doing little to beat the drum.

Republican lawmakers, however, made quick plans to harness what they see as voter discontent over the issue -- either by lambasting those Democrats who may be politically vulnerable or by shoring up their own shaky campaigns with criticism of “Obamacare.”

Slight problem. The Reuters article doesn't include any compelling evidence that Democrats are lying “low,” and doesn't include any evidence Republicans have made “quick plans to harness” what they claim is their post-health care vote momentum.

Reuters seems to think it's telling that, after the bill has been signed into law, four Democratic members of Congress mentioned in the article don't have specific health care-related events scheduled during the recess. But guess what? None of the Republicans mentioned in the article have any health care-related events scheduled either. At least not any events that Reuters mentions.

So where's Reuters' proof that Democrats don't want to talk about health care, but Republicans do?