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  •  My biggest beef with ObamaCare (11+ / 0-)

    is that Obama and the Dems didn't step up each and every time some new benefit came in to make a proud and public announcement like:

    Hey, folks!  Starting now anyone on Medicare or with health insurance will get a free annual physical without deductables or co-payments.  This includes routine testing that will uncover any diseases very early when they are the easiest and least expensive to treat.

    Women can also get a free annual gynecological examination with PAP testing, mammography, or other routine tests in addition to their annual physical.

    Enjoy your new health benefits from ObamaCare which will go far in reducing future costs of health care in this country.

    They didn't do that so most people think their health insurance company, out of the goodness of their hearts, gave them some new benefits.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:25:16 PM PST

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    •  You've just IDed the 2010 election debacle. (5+ / 0-)

      Democrats everywhere hunkered down, as if ACA was something we must avoid talking about. The Republicans came out swinging. Our Congresspeople didn't.

      Turnout was an issue. The young in particular do not tend to turn out in an off year election. Their votes might not have made that much difference (they didn't in most states in 2008) but their energy was missing in the 2010 campaigns. And the Obama vote-gathering team wasn't in place or cloned.

      That cannot be allowed to happen in 2014.

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:28:23 PM PST

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    •  Excellent point. Where is the professor-in-chief? (3+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat, Calamity Jean, MrJersey

      He needs to correct all the lies and misrepresentations about libralism. Actually he might be getting up behind that podium tho it's sill a bit early to tell. Hopefully he's learning to start the bidding high when proposing policy so that he has entry of room to come down and win what can be reasonably expected. Again too early to say.

      But for now I'm cautiously hopeful that he's learning and listening to our side this time. Don't forget, he's a moderate with a bit of a conservative streak. I doubt that he'll ever be another FDR. But he's generally standing behind liberal principles and may still move further left. We'll see.

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