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I've seen so much ignorant punditry this election cycle, it is difficult to even read posts by publications I respect and read every day. Since Republicans have decided their main issue this election season is over a policy that is the law of the land, upheld by the Supreme Court, and ratified by a national election, pundits have now decided that is the thing upon which another election cycle hinges. The Republican issue is the issue. Bullshit.

Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare 50 times. Nothing. They've sued in courts to stop it, going all the way to the highest court in the land. Nothing. They made it the central issue of a national election and lost. They've run millions of dollars in ads against it. Yet millions keep signing up for it. Republicans actually shut down the government over it and even that failed because of opposition from the public.

The issue of Obamacare, by the law, by the voters, and by consumers, is settled. Republican politicians may want to re-litigate Obamacare again, but as far as the courts and the government is concerned this is a done deal. Democrats need to make this case as it is the only case that needs be made for Obamacare. That is how you unite Democrats around the message for Obamacare. It's the law, move on. If Republicans want to talk about the past, let them. Democrats should be talking about the future. We've got a lot of problems to fix.

Washington and New York reporters and pundits need to begin asking Republicans where is their platform for the rest of the country, and not just the psycho obsessions of their own base. They need to ask why is Obamacare the only thing that unites the Republican Party while being split on everything else. Why do Republican politicians keep lying to their own base that they can repeal it?

The media is giving Republicans a free ride here. They're giving Republicans plenty of spotlight to bloviate on the president's manliness but very little attention to Republican positions on issues that voters care about. And of course, they seem to think the American public wants to spend a lot of time talking about Obamacare. Let me give you reporters and pundits a clue if you actually want to make some news: Why are Republicans so obsessed with Obamacare and not the real problems of people who aren't the GOP base? Get to the bottom of that and you've got the story of this election.

Originally posted to Triple-B in the Building on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:23 AM PDT.

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  •  Why Obamacare? (7+ / 0-)

    Because they have nothing else to talk about, since what Republicans fear the MOST is the idea that their candidates will go Todd Akin or Christine O'Donnell on them. Let them run on anything BUT Obamacare, the odds of that happening increase exponentially.

    •  Why Obamacare? Because creating jobs and working (0+ / 0-)

      in a bipartisan manor to solve this country's problems is to hard for them as divisive bigotry and racism is easier to promote for maintaining their own agendas for keeping their cushy jobs...  You know, the jobs they always complain about in terms of the BS of "Big Government":  They are the problem, and they are the very big government they bitch about.  

      Oh, and did I mention they are lazy, self serving greedy lot as well?

      “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

      by LamontCranston on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:45:29 PM PDT

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  •  To me, it is crystal clear that the media (13+ / 0-)

    has a sick, co-dependent relationship with the republican party. The age of the Obama presidency has exposed this in it's full dysfunctional glory. The r's are like some drunk bully of a husband that has the emotional maturity of a 3 year old and the media is, at the same time, scared, intimidated and weirdly loyal. And it's hurting the Country.

  •  Actually, the "issue" is (3+ / 0-)
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    whatever moves people to vote in the next election.  

    I think diaries like this tend to ignore reality.

    If people are motivated to vote based on whether the White House is open for tours (remember that?), then that's "the issue," or at least "an issue" for the upcoming midterm elections.  

    Republicans think that people will be motivated to vote against Democrats who support, or supported, the ACA.  They may be right, they may be wrong.  But that's up to the voters, because they decide what issue moves them to vote a certain way.  The pundits don't get to declare that some law is no longer "the issue" if the voters are still motivated by it.  The pundits, and the reporters, are generally going to focus on what the polls show that people are interested in for the midterm elections, or what issues are motivating people to vote a certain way.  Right now, for example, things like drugs, disaster relief efforts, the trade deficit are very low in the voters' minds.  The pundits and/or reporters aren't in the business of changing the subject by asking about things that, right now, the voters aren't focused on.

    There are a number of ways to tell what voters are focused on, of course.  Polls are only one way.  People will dissect that recent Florida special election to see what it says about the motivations of voters.  And, as far as political parties are concerned, fundraising results are a way to see what kinds of issues motivate their base.  We'll also see what the political parties think motivates voters in the commercials that will be airing for the rest of the year.  People probably won't be airing commercials on the trade deficit or disaster relief very much, because right now, talking about those issues won't get much traction with voters.

    But whatever it is, you or I don't get to say, "We don't think anybody should be talking about the ACA anymore, so reporters and pundits need to stop asking about it and change the subject to something else."  It's all about what is important to a majority of likely voters in the upcoming midterms.

    •  ObamaCare is the law. (3+ / 0-)
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      You can't do anything about it. You've tried everything. Its over.

      •  Not true. No law is forever, and (3+ / 0-)
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        Congress can always change, or repeal, laws.  

        And if that motivates voters, then that's the issue.  

        Even constitutional amendments are never "over."  Remember prohibition? It wasn't "over" when the 18th Amendment was added to the Constitution.  And it's not "over" simply because the 21st Amendment repealed prohibition.  If the issue of prohibition is now "over," it's not because of some law -- not even a constitutional amendment.  It's only "over" when the majority of people in this country, through their votes, effectively "say" it's over.  

        It may be in Democrats' best interest to try to convince people that it's "over" and there's no interest in this country to try to change the ACA in any way.  But I don't think even Democrats believe that.  I think there's a majority of people in this country who think there are some problems with the ACA and want this issues addressed -- some on the right and (as is clear from this site) some on the left.  And as long as that is the case, then it's not "over."  

        I'll give you a concrete example.  There are a lot of progressives who think that the ACA is problematic and that single payer is a far better answer.  For those people, then, it's not "over."  For those people, it's about further laws changing parts -- or all -- of the ACA to develop into a single payer system.  If Democratic office holders, and those running for office, think that moves enough of their voters to make a difference in the upcoming midterm elections, I GUARANTEE they would be out there touting that they want to change the ACA into a single payer system.  

        •  Forget it. (4+ / 0-)
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          You will get nothing. Period. Except as much as we decide to give you, which is so far, nothing.

          It is over. You lost. This law is here to stay. Forever. Just like Social Security and Medicare, which you got over and now embrace.

          You lost. You have no choice but to accept it.

          •  You can say that all you want. The question is, (3+ / 0-)
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            can you convince a majority of voters of that.  

            I tend to think that if Democrats take that approach in the midterms -- there will be no change in the ACA, nothing, it's done, you just have to live with it forever with no change -- Democrats will lose the Senate.  I think that a better approach for Democrats in close elections would be to say, overall, the ACA is a good thing, but like any major legislation, we're going to continue to make it better as time goes on and we see how people are affected, so I'l always be open to suggestions as to how to improve the law. But we'll see in November.  

            •  Keep living in a false reality, (4+ / 0-)

              which is no surprise considering talk radio is false reality in extremis.

              ObamaCare is not the issue in this election for anyone who is not an upper income white man. People are signing up by the millions. You lost. Get over it.

              You guys might constitue a larger share of the electorate in a midterm, but you're not the majority. You're not big enough to overturn this law. And you're getting smaller by the day. Sorry, you lost. You wont end this law next year or any year after that. Its a done deal.

              Live with it.

            •  I submit (1+ / 0-)
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              given the last presidential election a majority of voters has already been convinced...

              Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

              by awesumtenor on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 01:43:02 PM PDT

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              •  Sounds like the Democrat party of hate to me (0+ / 0-)

                The Democrats disrespect anyone not agreeing with them and not going along with any reckless idea they cook up. They don't want to hear other viewpoints. They feel its OK to force upon every American ONLY what they DEMAND.

          •  Not quite the same. (2+ / 0-)
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            The law may still be there, but Obamacare is gone the minute the insurance corporations decide not to participate in the exchanges.  And it will never have the support that SS enjoys, simply because it only affects ~10 million people.

            •  Wrong (0+ / 0-)

              It affects everybody because no one can ever be denied insurance coverage, no matter what happens in their lives - lost jobs, accidents, sick family members, etc.  

              This is a huge benefit for EVERY American, and we have to be more aggressive about emphasizing this point.  It doesn't just affect 10 million - it makes everyone's life more secure.    

          •  What are you disputing here? (1+ / 0-)
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            I for one certainly hope that we can change the ACA.  It clearly needs to go further... I thought that was the general consensus of this site.

            I think its a great first step but that's it....

            It will naturally have problems that need to be corrected but I also hope it can be expanded in areas and stretched and pushed towards a closer version of true Universal Healthcare.

            Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

            by Wisper on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:14:09 PM PDT

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          •  Proof of this point--notes from the field (2+ / 0-)
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            I was talking to a Republican acquaintance today. I knew she didn't "like" what she would call "Obamacare," but what she said was that she was really happy that her under-26 year old adult sons could be insured under the family's plan.

            "That's one good thing," she kept repeating. "That's a relief," she kept adding.

            And then I mentioned how relieved I was that I no longer had to worry about my pre-existing condition.

            "That's another good thing," she said, nodding.

            When she went on to say she was worried something in the future might mess up her sons' health insurance, I got the distinct impression that she was worried HER party would screw up that thing she secretly likes--even though she'll keep saying she hates it.

            "If you are cast on a desert island with only a screwdriver, a hatchet, and a chisel to make a boat...go make the best one you can. It would be better if you had a saw, but you haven't." T.Roosevelt on politics.

            by NCJan on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 04:09:11 PM PDT

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          •  Well although I completely and wholeheartedly (2+ / 0-)
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            support the ACA and its goals, it had better not be over.  One of its goals, or at least I thought one of its goals, was to eventually go further.  If I thought for a moment that the ACA, as it stands today,  is it and no more and a done deal and whatever.....I would definitely not be a vocal supporter anymore.  It is supposed to be a road to what we all wanted in the beginning, single payer and/or at least a public option.  

            •  Obama squandered Americas opportunity (0+ / 0-)

              Obama could have been honest. He could have taken the opportunity to make the case for single payer. He should have been honest to the American People. Japan and Germany both have good single payer systems that I believe many Americans could have gotten behind.

              Instead Obama chose to lie to The American People. He thought it would be easier to lie about his intentions. He used his majority to force through a 1 size fits all without preparing Americans for changes he KNEW would happen. Things that no one expected or had opportunity to plan for.

              You don't lie to The American People before you implement something that will harm millions of families. Thats not a fair and balanced approach.

              Because it was all built on lies, it will fail. Opportunity lost

          •  Thats not how America works (0+ / 0-)

            To start with there is no such thing as you lost so now you have no choice. Thats not America, maybe you should deport yourself to some socialist country where you belong.

            The 2nd thing is that laws get changed and when a Republican take the White House in 2016 this huge POS will be repealed and our healthcare system can actually get the reform that was promised by the LIAR & CHIEF Obama.

            Why do you think Obama keeps delaying the implementation of ObamaCare? Making unconstitutional changes to the law to protect the Democrat party during the elections in 2014. If its so great why is it a mandate? If it will be embraced, why delay until after Obama leaves the White House?  

            Social Security is not embraced, its a ponzi scheme that delivers a lousy return on investment. You would be wealthy is you invested the same amount as you give into social security. Social Security is a horrible investments.

    •  A gazillion ads run every day (0+ / 0-)

      trying to keep the ACA front and center, mostly Koch-funded.  Maybe that will keep people's attention, but probably not.

      The election is not until November, an eternity away in political terms.

      By then, it might be the economy, a horrendous natural disaster, or a war in the Ukraine that has everybody distracted.

      Best policy for Dems is to find an issue that gets out the vote.  Minimum wage on every state ballot seems like a winner.

      The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

      by MadScientist on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 04:51:25 PM PDT

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      •  Which gives the Dems (0+ / 0-)

        the opportunity to pivot to why the law is a good thing, how it's going to benefit the individual and the Country and run to the damn law, not away from it.   And then you can talk about how to make it better and how the.goppers are doing nothing to improve a law that benefits so many Americans and improves our economy in so many ways.  And you keep on talking about it EVERY chance you get.

        •  You are MISINFORMED (0+ / 0-)

          ACA is hurting the economy. Its hurting millions of Americans, its bad policy, bad law and has always been built on lies. They are running from it because it has been the exact opposite of what it claimed to be. It has effected Americans in the opposite of Obama's promises.

          If you like your plan, you can keep your plan period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor period. Americans that already have insurance will see a $2500/yr drop in cost per family. Those were all opposite of reality.

  •  Not quite nothing (2+ / 0-)
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    They've sued in courts to stop it, going all the way the highest court in the land. Nothing.
    I believe that some provision of the law was struck down.

    There's another case going up the ladder from Oklahoma I think that could also make for an exciting day at the Supreme Court.

    •  Very true. (2+ / 0-)
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      Mandatory Medicaid expansion for states was struck down as unconstitutional.  

      And it is true that there are more challenges proceeding through the courts.  

      But as I said above, the real issue is whether a majority of the voters think there needs to be some change to the ACA.  If enough of the voters vote on that, then yes, "something" can be done.  

      •  The more they see the more they like (2+ / 0-)
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        See my comment above about my Republican friend.

        They already love the sections about pre-existing conditions and insuring young adults under 26 yrs old on family plans.

        They are also starting to like the idea of "comparing plans" on a "marketplace" and getting better, more thorough coverage.

        And now they are no longer scared because they see the law in effect even as they are still able to (mostly) stay on their employers' insurance and death panels aren't materializing, so the fear factor is gone or receding.

        Yes, the law can be repealed if enough people hate it.

        But fewer and fewer people hate it every day--even if they say they do.

        "If you are cast on a desert island with only a screwdriver, a hatchet, and a chisel to make a boat...go make the best one you can. It would be better if you had a saw, but you haven't." T.Roosevelt on politics.

        by NCJan on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 04:15:51 PM PDT

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  •  yup. (1+ / 0-)
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    "Let's talk about the future,
    now we've put the past away"

    begin asking Republicans where is their platform for the rest of the country, and not just the psycho obsessions of their own base?

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:56:31 AM PDT

  •  Republicans drive the narrative. Up until Obama I (1+ / 0-)
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    always thought bad presidential poll numbers reflected bad things done by the President, but the era of Barack Obama has shown that to be such a fallacy.

    Today, bad presidential poll numbers equates to the President doing good things.

    •  It's always been that way. (2+ / 0-)
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      Presidential poll numbers are often driven by things the President has no control over.  Perhaps the best example is President Carter.  His poll numbers were absolutely dismal in 1980 -- so much so that, once Reagan in the debate convinced people that he wasn't going to start a nuclear war, he was able to win by a landslide.  Was the stagflation at that time a result of "bad things done by the President"?  I doubt it.  Presidents have very little control over the economy.  But that doesn't stop voters from ascribing to the President blame for things that the voters dislike about what's going on with the country.  

      •  They do have control (0+ / 0-)

        To say they don't control the things that affect the economy is just foolish. They don't have a switch "Grow economy vs shrink economy" but they absolutely set the policies, increase or decrease the debt. Fed reserve is injecting billions to prop up the economy for the rich. If they stopped the economy would crash. So they keep printing billions of new dollars further devaluing the value of the dollar. Back door taxation of The American People

  •  ACA a litmus test...something they can all agree (1+ / 0-)
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    on...or at least be neutral on.....Note what happens when alternatives are 'discussed'....ZIPPO!!......and right back to Obamacare Sux.

    •  They keep trying to convince their idiot base (5+ / 0-)

      that they can do something about this law, when they've already thrown the kitchen sink at it.

      By the time they get back in power to actually do something about this law, it will already be embedded in the basic fabric of the country. It's over, ObamaCare is a done deal. There wont be any significant changes to healthcare law for another two decades minimum, and that will be after all the baby boomers are clearly dead and better options become more feasible.

      This president poured his entire mandate into this law and what presidents want, presidents tend to get. This thing is a done deal and no president, in 2016 or beyond, is going to want to go near this after seeing what Barack Obama staked on it. Republican or Democrat. This is a done deal and that's it.

    •  The ACA is only a symbol (4+ / 0-)

      There's nothing in it that they could really point to that is bad. But it has become a symbol of their ideology, and they can't let go of that. Their lying ads about people "hurt" by Obamacare are very revealing because infinitely more people would be hurt by repeal and anyway, they don't care about people being hurt, as their proposals to cut food assistance, free school lunches, and even social security have demonstrated.

      They've decided to stake the weight of their whole anti-government philosophy on this one policy, and it doesn't matter to them what the public things — they will lie to win the public over, just like they do when they propose cutting or ending Social Security. They lie that it's about the unsustainable growth of the deficit when of course, SS has nothing to do with that.

      It's all about this message they give out that someone else — not YOU, of course, and probably someone dark-skinned, if you catch my drift, is mooching at your expense. And a certain number of people never stop to realize that they themselves are benefiting.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 03:55:06 PM PDT

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      •  What? (0+ / 0-)

        Republicans have a lot to point out to individuals who are unhappy with the law. My premium doubled. I have a friend who's hourss are being cut because his employer doesn't want to pay the health care costs. If Democratic politicians and politicos don't see that for many real people that this is a problem , they are being delusional. There's no doubt that some people are benefiting, but others are not.

  •  Conservative mindset (5+ / 0-)

    To you, and to me, the law is settled until the Republicans come up with a 2/3 vote in both houses to override Obama's veto, or (somehow) manage to win the White House in 2016.  (All the court challenges are settled, after all.)

    To conservatives, the law isn't binding unless it comports with their world view and prejudices, and anything is negotiable, unless they don't like it, in which case it is illegitimate.  It's particularly extreme during the Obama Administration as the dominant conservative faction simply refuses to accept any laws signed by an African American and aren't even going to the trouble of coming up with good code words to hide their racism.

    And their mindset is more organized.  They're digging out the old secessionist playbook and dusting it off.

  •  Diary just gets it wrong (3+ / 0-)
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    Slavery was the settled law of the land for 80 years before it was banned.

    The Defense of Marriage Act was the law for twenty years before it was overturned.

    Roe vs. Wade has been law for forty years, yet still protesters on both sides fight it out in legislatures.

    ACA/Obamacare has been law for only four years.  And, its impact is only now coming into focus.  

    When it was first passed, it was generally believed that in order for the law to succeed 7 million new insurance policies would have to be issued.  We're not going to make that number.

    And, that for each new medicaid recipient there would have to be a new "private" policy issued.  We're going to miss that target by a huge margin.

    The law is settled - giving numerous fixed deadlines and requirements.  But, President Obama has waived again and again "settled" law.

    If the Senate flips, which seems increasingly possible, and the GOP retains the House which according to the talking heads is almost certain - then there is nothing settled about the ACA.  

    Whether you oppose ACA because you're a Teahadist or passionate believer in Single Payer, to say this law is here for good because so far the GOP has failed to cut it back is delusional. In a year, all of Congress could be red.  In three years, we could be listening to President Paul, fresh off his victory over the Sanders/Jackson Lee ticket, making his  first (shudder) State of the Union address.  

    The Right is united in their loathing of this law, and their continued attempts to push it aside aren't going to stop until the Public comes to widely support the law.  And, despite the hopes of many Kossacks there is nothing to indicate that this change is coming anytime soon.

  •  Thanks BBB, tired of this crap from the (4+ / 0-)

    Ignorant DC courtier class.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 08:35:44 AM PDT

  •  Media pundits and Republicans may believe (2+ / 0-)
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    that Obamacare is an issue that's on voters minds right now...which to a certain extent maybe true, but what happens once the open enrollment ends on a high note, making up for the awful premier? Remember, we live in the age of twitter, facebook and the 24hr news cycle. Come May, June, July and August, with the elections closer on the calender, the media will be focusing on other issue; Obamacare open enrollment will have long passed by then. That may not be what the voters or even the media will be discussing now. Republican candidates may want to keep Obamacare as the issue, but will the voters make that an issue by then?

  •  Yep, the media pundits, as usual, keep getting (1+ / 0-)
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    it wrong.

    Even if we accept their premise that 2014 is primarily about Obamacare, their OWN polls show that more Americans want to fix it than want to repeal it.  In addition, a good portion of those who disapprove of the law do so because it is not liberal enough!

    I see Chuck Todd is already ginning up the "enthusiasm" gap.  Remember when that was all the talk during the 2012 campaign?  Everyday they told us the Democratic base was not excited about voting and turnout would likely be depressed.  They took such glee in proclaiming how many yard signs they saw for Romney and how much excitement was generated in the closing days of the election.  Remember that?

    Well, how did that work out?  

  •  4.45 MILLION Have Signed Up On (3+ / 0-)
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    Another 5.67 MILLION have signed on to Medicare expansion thruout the country.
    Young adults on their parents plan now total 3.l MILLION.

    That's not even counting state enrollments which are
    booming:  Vermont has over performed their enrollment
    goal by 300%.  Great enrollments in Washington state,
    Connecticut, DV, Rhode Island & California.

    It's over.....the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.

    Sunday morning talk show pundits can play dumb all they want.  It's over.  Peggy Noonan pretended she thought
    Obamacare had been repealed saying "Is it still a law"?

    Duh.  It's a law.  It's here to stay, & Republicans haven't
    a glimmer of how to make it go away.

  •  Excellent points (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, it's a great opportunity. Democrats have been getting lazy. This is one of many very popular policies that conservative stridently oppose. But we can go further. We can use the conservatives' incessant bellyaching to our advantage because there is a mountain of conservative talking points on the airwaves and in the minds of Americans that can be use to defend Obamacare.

    From a diary:

    My friend, despite our arguments in the past, I've been rethinking my perspective. So many people are taking government healthcare that it is time to go back and ask the question, “What has made America so great?” I must admit that there is truth in conservative thinking. Everyone needs to learn the American Way is to maximize their profit in the free-market exactly like the biggest companies in this country, GM, Apple, Boeing, Wal-Mart, AT&T, etc. They maximize income and minimize expenditures. This one simple idea is the foundation of conservative truth.

    So, I've decided to pay more attention to profits and expenditures in my life. I went to and carefully weighed cost and benefits for my family. Obamacare maximizes the profits of my family, so I support it. Those who preach about freedoms and death panels ignore the conservative foundations. Anyone who demands that I sacrifice my profits for some abstract “freedom for everyone” is a socialist bent on destroying the free market. And if I submit to their demands then the socialists win. I don't want freedoms that I can't use; I want mountains of cash just like all those too big to fail companies. You don't see them turning down government money! If anyone is too big to fail, then I am too big to fail too. What makes America so great is that I can follow the same logic as the richest entrepreneurs in the country. Obamacare maximizes my profits.

    Try this. Look up Reagan's stump speech and compare it to Carter's. You will find many similarities. The policies are radically different, but the talking points and sound bites hit the same points. Reagan used dominant ideology of the time to advance conservative policies.

    If that is not clear, consider a simile. It's like judo. A 140 lb woman stands in a parking lot. A 220 lb man sees her and rushes toward her. She sees him and fakes to her right. He bites on the fake. She leans hard left leaving out her leg. He trips and knocks himself out on the pavement. She never breaks a sweat. Not only have I seen it; I've done it. Power is not the only possible strategy.

    If we abandon our allies and their issues, who will defend us and ours?

    by Bryce in Seattle on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:57:47 PM PDT

  •  As usual, you say more in fewer words than almost (0+ / 0-)

    any other political writer in print or on the Web.

    You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.

    by MikePhoenix on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 03:51:40 PM PDT

  •  They Gave us a Historic Defeat in 2010 Based (2+ / 0-)
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    MikePhoenix, ahumbleopinion

    on ACA and Medicare scare, to energize their base and shft women to the right, and the Democrats never energizing anyone for midterm elections.

    They are following the same basic strategy this midterm election, while our side doesn't seem to be quite as AWOL as last time.

    Issues have nothing to do with anything, this is about motivation, something the rightwing understands, something the media who represent the corporate interests the rightwing advances, and the Democrats do not.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 03:54:09 PM PDT

  •  The litigation is not over the law... (1+ / 0-)
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    TofG's over the election.

    Repealing Obamacare is not about healthcare, it's about Obama. It has become their way of saying "Impeach!"

  •  The GOP can nullfy or overturn Obamacare. (2+ / 0-)
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    They can also die quiclkly or with a bit more time.  Change is no longer with or for them.   Ah, Abraham how pained your heart must be:  They pass laws to stop Americans from voting.

  •  could we have a list? (0+ / 0-)

    I'd love to see a dem pundit exhaust 120 seconds of putrid CNN air time by listing all the house votes against obamacare and then explaining that the bill is still law

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 04:07:28 PM PDT

  •  Nice. (0+ / 0-)

    Now get somebody to put it in an ad and run it in every Blue and Purple market in the country.

  •  yes, but what are we doing about it? (0+ / 0-)

    We just lost that Florida election specifically on Obamacare.  What should we have done, how can we do better?  How can we mobilize dem voters, for real and not spend our time making fun of the Republicans.

    WE must hang together or we will all hang separately. B.Franklin

    by ruthhmiller on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:10:20 PM PDT

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    Is now that it's law and so many people have signed up for it, it would be impossible to overturn without incurring a terrible political fallout. Their best and only true chance of stopping the law was before it was enacted and people signed up for it.

    Then there's also the fact that public opinion about the law is trending upward. Now an overwhelming majority want to keep the law. If the trend continues to grow, it would become too unpopular for them to do even if they could.

  •  Yeah why are they focusing on Obamacare when (0+ / 0-)

    they should be focusing on....


    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:40:51 PM PDT

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