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  •  If they're vulnerable they'd be (12+ / 0-)

    smart to take a stand FOR affordable health care.  The Republicans don't seem to be getting the love during their break. Suck it up, quit being of afraid of "liberal", stand for your constituents.  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 01:29:45 PM PDT

    •  amen (7+ / 0-)

      They need to highlight the individual aspects of ACA that poll really well like doing away with pre-existing conditions.  They can still hem and haw if they want to about ACA not being perfect overall.

      Then they need to remind voters of what plans the Repubs have proposed in the last 20 years:

      1) RomneyCare in MA
      2) paying for healthcare with chickens
      3) going to the emergency room

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 01:39:04 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed (7+ / 0-)

      I attended an Enroll America brown bag lunch today at the Harris County Democratic headquarters.  It was standing room only and the staff was a little surprised by the turnout.  I wasn't.  I think people want better and cheaper health care and they are more pragmatic than most of us give them credit for. That goes for Republican constituents, too.

      Two cases in point.  I met a Republican woman on a cruise recently who was married to an independent oil & gas consultant here in Houston and she had a pre-existing thyroid condition that made it damn near impossible to get insurance and she told me at dinner she was eagerly anticipating ACA and hoped it wouldn't get derailed.  I also have a former co-worker who retired early from banking in 2007.  At about the same time, her husband decided to start up a consultancy business.  He was doing well, they had substantial savings and assets, but then he died unexpectedly.  She had to purchase medical insurance that was extremely expensive.  Needless to say, she's another Republican who sees the benefits of ACA.  

      I'm not sure Cruz and Lee can drum up the grassroots support they seem to think is out there.  They have courted small business owners and the self employed in the past, but I think a breakup is on the horizon as many people start to realize what's on the table.

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 04:01:23 PM PDT

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