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  •  The people the ACA helped (3+ / 0-)
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    DON'T VOTE.  The people who do vote are furious because they're paying for those "other people's" healthcare.

    People who keep telling Alison to run on Kynect are, unfortunately, wrong.

    "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers

    by Kentucky DeanDemocrat on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 08:50:29 AM PDT

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    •  how about she (1+ / 0-)
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      run on the McConnell vote to block some money for veterams?

      Racing the Night: I'm a realist. See you in 20

      by GideonAB on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:28:32 AM PDT

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    •  I respect your opinion as someone in KY (2+ / 0-)

      But I wonder about Grimes... she's down in the polls, and it feels like she is running a far too cautious and small-c conservative campaign.  She needs to do something to shake it up, at least from my POV far from KY.

      Can she make the case that Kynect saves the state money by reducing ER costs and hospitalizations?  Can she make the case that repealing ACA hurts middle class voters in their pocket-books?  

      It seems like she needs to attack and attack hard.  I recognize that KY is not quite ripe for change, but she does seem like a very good candidate and it is heartbreaking not to see McConnell get away without the sort of gut punches he so richly deserves.

      As a Kentuckian, what would you advise?

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 09:49:56 AM PDT

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      •  Probably what she's doing now is (2+ / 0-)
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        the best she can do, absent a major push literally to get voting day transportation to the poor who are on Medicaid - and the logistics of this are hell in rural areas.  Talking about how important it is to get money to the hospitals will help, but this is a complex economic argument, and runs head on into those conservatives who say the way to keep hospitals from providing uncompensated care is to let sick indigents die.  (These people aren't as rare as I'd like them to be.)

        I like her jobs argument, and I like her ads about vet funding issues.  I like the "mitch is out of touch" ads, because they're hitting a lot of people's buttons.  It's ad hominem, but that's politics.

        But she's actually being quite brave courting the unions outright, appearing on podiums with them, and pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.  She's probably running the most liberal statewide campaign seen here in years.  

        The thing that really scares me is the possibility of losing the Kentucky House of Representatives.  The Rs are running on repealing the Medicaid expansion.

        "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers

        by Kentucky DeanDemocrat on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:09:08 AM PDT

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