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  •  You do realize that the ones who "rage quit" (1+ / 0-)
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    were the ones who most often do not vote in mid-term elections? The young, African Americans, Latinos did not vote...and I doubt it was simply because of the ACA.

    On the other hand traditional Republican groups, those over 65, did show up, as they usually do.

    The ones who did vote Democratic were the ones who usually do...those who consider themselves liberal...and the ones most critical of the ACA, as well as other policies of the President.

    So your very premise is incorrect. It is easy to accuse those who were critical of "rage quitting," but in reality it was just a mid-term election...and the Republicans were more galvanized against the President than the coalition the President had during his election cycle was for him.

    The blame lies not with people who pointed out that the ACA was not perfect (after all, you are championing not only the mandate of buying a product from a private party, and a Republican idea to boot), but with those who chose not to sell it. The administration's actions during the crafting of the ACA also was not too stellar.

    Now, if you can convince those who normally do not vote in mid-term elections to vote in 2014, that will be a coup. It won't reverse the damage from 2010, but it might mitigate it some. The administration, however, has to provide a reason for them to vote...and I don't know that it's doing such a great job.

    •  It is a two way street. (0+ / 0-)

      Not voting hands the other side more tools.  And yes, there were  plenty who don't normally vote, but there were also way too many people who do taking a time out as well.

      The core point here is it is simply not enough to mobilize once, and that message isn't out there where it needs to be.

      As for championing the ACA, clearly you have not read me enough to know better.

      Establishing any health care program is a huge step.  I don't like this one all that much, but I also know it was possible, unlike the ones I would like much better and the choice was this or nothing, or something considerably worse.

      In my State of Oregon, the amendment Bernie Sanders got in there is a big deal, because my State along with others knows how to make it work as well as they can and that improves the act considerably.

      SCOTUS made it optional, and I think that will not play out the way they think it will, resulting in some reason for people to get mobilized.  

      ***Be Excellent To One Another***

      by potatohead on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 11:16:59 AM PDT

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