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  •  I do disagree (2+ / 0-)
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    Wordsinthewind, Catte Nappe

    I am in healthcare and I have seen how the old system screwed people over. I was frustrated with what the ACA turned out to be, but it is truly better than nothing, and nothing is what millions of Americans had before. If we hadn't passed the ACA in the beginning of Obama's term  I don't think we would have had a chance at health care reform for another decade, if then.

    By the way, you don't have to wait for a new census to redraw congressional districts. The best example is how Texas Republicans redrew their districts in 1995 and turned the state from blue to red.  So if Democrats can retake statehouses in 2014 they can re-draw the maps to their heart's content.

    "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff ' Amy Pohler

    by Annie B on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 10:16:56 AM PDT

    •  Problem is they can't in most states (0+ / 0-)

      The gerrymandering is so bad that in many states it will be impossible to retake a majority, let alone a single chamber, until we see major demographic shifts. Sadly, here in WI when Democrats finally gained control of all three chambers in 2008 there was much talk about redistricting before 2010 but the idea was ultimately abandoned as being too risky for the next round of elections. And what happened? The Republicans won anyway and drew themselves a crazy clown map that will make it all-but-impossible for Democrats to take back either chamber for the foreseeable future.

      I mentioned in a post above that I work as a grassroots organizer in multiple states and what we're seeing in many of the Republican majority states is that the only competitive elections left are primaries. This has had a doubly-disastrous effect of pushing Republicans even further to the right out of fear of being primaried from the right and of giving Democrats who dream of ever serving in elected office more incentive to primary incumbents. It's also had a hugely dampening effect on the power of grassroots organizing because so many state legislators, in both parties, are now in completely safe seats and need to worry far more about a primary challenger than they do about their own constituents voting them out of office.

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