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In Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu is running on one aspect of Obamacare of which she has generally been one of the most frequent Democratic critics. But that ends when it comes to the Medicaid expansion, and it has become a centerpiece in her re-election campaign, a hint that more Democrats in red states are looking at this issue for 2014. Landrieu is running against both her GOP opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“Our governor may not like the president, but this is not about the president,” she writes. “It's about providing health coverage for 240,000 Louisianans who work 40 or 50 hours a week, but still make too little to qualify for assistance in the new marketplace—and too much to qualify for Louisiana’s current Medicaid.”
Medicaid expansion, according to a Pew poll conducted late last year, is very popular in Louisiana, with 63 percent support. It also gets majority support in Virginia, Tennessee, and Maine, to name a few of the states which have yet to expand or are in the middle of a political fight to make it happen.

Meanwhile, Republicans are maintaining their conviction that their denial of health care to millions of people is no big deal.

“To me, ObamaCare is 1,000 times bigger than the Medicaid issue,” said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak, who described Medicaid is a peripheral issue.

“It’s kind of like when you’re drowning, you grab for anything you can,” he continued. “So they’re pulling out minimum wage, equal pay, violence against women, and their other go-to issues. But to me, ObamaCare is so much bigger than all that.”

Republicans remain convinced that voters—who have been telling pollsters for months and months that they are sick of the Obamacare fight—will be going to the polls in November because of Obamacare. And their base voters probably will be. The thing is, it's the rest of the people in these red states who are drowning, and they're drowning because of Republican policies, on the minimum wage and equal pay and women's issues. And health care. It's important for Democrats to be pointing that out, but it's just as important that they get those voters to the polls. A strong message on Medicaid, and on other basic pocketbook issues, is a good way to start.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM PDT.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:09:18 AM PDT

  •  Mary Landrieu. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Crashing Vor took her down gently the other day.
    If she's finally onboard with a populist theme then it really will work elsewhere in the country. She's a Blue Dog in a Red State.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 05:08:36 PM PDT

    •  While a Republican attracts a youth vote.... (0+ / 0-)

      The Adam Lanza youth vote:

      Peter [Lanza] recalled, “The funny part is that the separation [from Nancy Lanza] didn’t really change things for the kids very much.” He moved to Stamford, nearly an hour from Newtown, but still saw the boys every weekend. When Adam entered middle school, he proudly took Peter to see it. “And talk about talkative: man, that kid, you couldn’t shut him up!” Peter said. In the years that followed, they would talk about politics. Adam [Lanza] was a fan of Ron Paul, and liked to argue economic theory. He became fascinated with guns and with the Second World War, and showed an interest in joining the military. But he never talked about mass murder, and he wasn’t violent at school.

      -- Peter Lanza, the New Yorker interview

      Yeah, guys, we can find our silly complaints about Mary Landrieu. But the nutjobs go for the other nutjobs.

      Ron Effing Paul and Adam "SH26" Lanza. Perfect.

      •  And then........ (0+ / 0-)
        "Paul Appelbaum, a forensic psychiatrist at Columbia, points out that many young men are asocial and unhappy, spend too much time online, become video-game addicts—but cause no harm. The few dangerous ones are impossible to identify. “Even if we knew who they were or were likely to be, whether they’d actually accept treatment is an open question. Among the hardest people to engage in treatment are young males who may be angry, suspicious, and socially isolated. Coming to a therapist’s office for an hour a week just to pour their heart out doesn’t seem like a particularly attractive opportunity.”
        Just ask them what they think of Ayn Rand and Rand Paul.

        No problemo !

  •  The evidence in Louisiana is clear. (2+ / 0-)
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    Aquarius40, llywrch

    A recent House election was won by the Republican who backed Medicaid expansion. He had less money and name recognition. Backing of Medicaid had to have instantly barred him from the Tea Party.

    Hell, even one of the guys (not the old guy) from Duck Dynasty backed him, and I think it was in part because of this issue.

    Please correct me if I am wrong on that last point.

  •  Peripheral. That's Rethug code (0+ / 0-)

    for "it involves poor people."

    Reading DailyKos is like getting the newspaper two weeks early. But without the lottery results.

    by jazzmaniac on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 05:11:35 PM PDT

  •  in the end (0+ / 0-)

    their attacks on obamacare are going to bite the GOP in the ass. if dems play this right (and they have shown themselves capable of fucking up a ham sandwich, it's not a sure thing), they will be able to get a lot of milage out of that bill, in 2014 and even moreso in 2016.

  •  it's great to see Red State Democrats (3+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, waterstreet2013, llywrch

    using a proven tactic in conservative areas of the country...populism.

  •  Landrieu and Keystone - (1+ / 0-)
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    I give in to sin

    Landrieu is hardly a pillar of progressivism; yet,
    how important is it to keep Democratic control of the Senate?

    Louisianans support Keystone 5 to 1 -
    Louisiana is, after all, a petroleum producing and refining state.
    Landrieu is basically running even with Cassidy.
    Landrieu supports Keystone - quite vocally -
    but if Obama rejects it, she will lose.

  •  Landrieu can "turn over a new leaf" and (0+ / 0-)

    be suddenly more than a DINO and still forever lose my
    trust. The gal has blown it too many frickin' times.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 05:26:58 PM PDT

  •  About f*ckin' time! (0+ / 0-)

    Millions able to get insurance for the first time.  More millions (potentially) eligible for Medicaid.

    And the GOP wants to take it away.

    How is this not a winning tack to take?

  •  Landrieu's statement (0+ / 0-)

    seems decent enough.

    It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    Darling, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?

    by JrCrone on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 05:31:00 PM PDT

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