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  •  The ACA's implementation is already (6+ / 0-)

    running into some problems and questions that weren't addressed in the original law.  The problems could be solved by a few tweaks, and the questions can be answered as the implementation progresses.

    But the Republicans refuse to even discuss tweaking the law to smooth out some of the rough edges (rough edges caused, for the most part, by their own maneuvering during the formation of the Act).  Instead, they will spend the next year stirring foment about bad outcomes, e.g., workers' hours being cut to keep employers from having to provide insurance coverage, rather than fixing the problems.

    The only hope for enacting minor changes to make the law correct the unintended consequences of its initial structure is to take control of ANY portion of the government from the Republicans and give it back to the Democrats.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:49:24 AM PDT

    •  Looks like the Dems will propose some tweaking (2+ / 0-)
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      in re medical devices. Goopers might agree.

      That will be that.

    •  2014 is nearly upon us. (2+ / 0-)

      Do things people want done and make sure they know about it.  Those standing in the way will face the heat.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:53:03 AM PDT

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      •  There's always an election coming up (1+ / 0-)
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        We're still closer to the 2012 election day than the one in 2014.  And November 2012 was when the current Congress was elected; they didn't go to work until January 2013.  They've been at 'work' a bit less than nine months if you call what they've done work.  

        I agree with putting the heat on those who stand in the way.  I'm just tired of hearing, "We can't do that now, we're too close to the next election," as an excuse.  Your title reminded me of that excuse.  

        In general, I suggest we vote against any Congresscritter who offers, "We're too close to the next election," as an excuse.

        We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

        by david78209 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:33:15 AM PDT

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        •  The year 2014 is nearly upon us, and the campaigns (1+ / 0-)
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          start well before the election does.

          The notion of not doing things because you're close to an election seems utterly undemocratic.  The only reason to hold off is because you know people won't like it and it will thus hurt you.

          Doing things people want done is good for you on election day.
          Blocking things people want done is bad for you on election day.

          FDR knew it and acted accordingly.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:40:41 AM PDT

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