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View Diary: Do Democrats Have A Chance To Win Obama Surge Voters This Year? (45 comments)

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  •  Young voters (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, FiredUpInCA

    He has already done something. I see young voters every day who are grateful they can keep their health insurance until 26 (and not be a full-time student). They are also taking advantage of student loans...

    •  Perhaps. Every person I know... (0+ / 0-)

      ...who's younger than 26 believes themselves to be immortal and impervious to health problems. I don't believe that there are a significant number of "kids" between 18-26 for whom a scenario like this is considered a galvanizing proposition. Old people expect young adults to be impressed by such a feature but the youth crowd that I have encountered (it may be that you are just more familiar with starter hypochondriacs) don't see this as applying to them at all. I'm hoping for a rousing declaration associated with the ecology or anti-war or providing some exciting job opportunities or something else that advances strong civic pride, not just a provision that reassures the sickly and the fearful that their parents are still going to foot the tab for them a few extra years.  

      •  Clean energy and jobs (1+ / 0-)
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        drawingporno

        Perhaps. Every person I know...
        ...who's younger than 26 believes themselves to be immortal and impervious to health problems. I don't believe that there are a significant number of "kids" between 18-26 for whom a scenario like this is considered a galvanizing proposition.

        I agree. I do not think healthcare reform excites kids under 26 unless they, or someone close to them has a chronic ailment.

        Even then, the reforms allowing them to stay on their parent's insurance--if their parents have insurance--would give them relief and not necessarily excitement.

        Student loan reform may get them a little more excited. It means a little more money and a sliver less reliance on extra jobs and their parents.

        As far as I can tell, the only things currently left on the federal level, that  will really excite the majority of young people who vote, are the prospects of clean energy reform and a clear plan to hire them and their friends.

        Other than that, I think state initiatives like the California measure to legalize and tax marijuana are about the only other thing that will get young people excited enough to get out and vote.

      •  Young people have health concerns too (0+ / 0-)

        Those I see 18-26 are happy to insurance: they want paps, acne treatment, treatment for acute problems, sports injuries, well checks. Many are worried well also. Not to mention such acute problems as appendicitis, ruptured ovarian cysts etc

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