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  •  Garofalo and health exchanges (11+ / 0-)

    The onus for success or failure of Obamacare, including the  health exchanges, falls squarely on Obama.  He has been horrible - HORRIBLE - in communicating the value of the ACA.  Just like Tea Party filled the vacuum Obama created when he went AWOL from the health care debate that summer, the Repub continue to fill the vacuum as the big pieces of the ACA are about to be implemented.  It's simply not about the Republicans, it's about Obama and the Dems.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 05:02:13 AM PDT

    •  I think part of that may have been (0+ / 0-)

      Nobody was quite sure how things would work. They're still not quite sure. By January, when the exchanges have been running for a couple months and things are a little more concrete, we'll have a better idea, and have a sense of what changes are needed.

      That's not a totally bad thing. It means that in the summer, when the campaigns start to heat up, the GOP will be campaigning on repeal Obamacare and keep women from getting reproductive care, and the dems can campaign on making it better.

      Because there are some good things in that bill, and it definitely can be made better.

      •  Well, the Repubs don't know how they will work (5+ / 0-)

        out either, yet they are out in front getting their message out about it.  Once again, Obama and the Dems are forced to play catch up.  It's simply pathetic that they never play offense in any concerted way.  Also, staying silent educates no one and by the time they are forced to respond to the lies, the public has already learned the lies as the truth.  It's really not that complicated or nuanced.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 06:48:10 AM PDT

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        •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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          accumbens, DSPS owl

          I think they should have been running publicity campaigns from the day it was passed, with calendars of when things happen, where to get the latest info, who to contact in your state to find out what's happening locally, etc.

          I think it was a real missed opportunity.

          But I think the reason why they didn't do it is because they didn't know quite how it was going to work and didn't want to put out wrong info.

          Which, as you pointed out, the GOP has no problem doing.

    •  That vacuum led to the devastating outcome (6+ / 0-)

      of the 2010 elections.

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