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A man hides from the rain under his sign at a Tea Party Patriots rally calling for the repeal of the 2010 healthcare law championed by President Barack Obama, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Republicans who support repeal want to take health insurance away from more than 10 million Americans and their families
The worm has turned. Republicans have figured out that running around simply screaming that America needs to "Repeal Obamacare!" isn't going to work this fall. As Bobby Jindal's recent foray into the wonderful world of health care reform proposals indicates, they know for sure it won't work in 2016.

But if you don't want to believe Jindal, and want actual data, we've got that on our side too. Earlier this week, support for Obamacare reached the highest level achieved in any of the 20 polls done by ABC/Washington Post. With 49 percent supporting and 48 percent opposed, this is a serious turnaround from ABC/WaPo's numbers from last November (after the botched rollout of that showed 40 percent supporting and 57 percent opposed.

A second poll this past week, this one from NPR but conducted jointly by a Democratic (Stan Greenberg) and Republican (Whit Ayres) pollster, showed 47 percent supporting and 51 percent opposing Obamacare, but also found that seven percent of likely voters who oppose it do so because it doesn't go far enough. Other previous polls have found an even higher percentage expressing opposition for this reason. Greenberg reminds us that virtually all of these people wanted a more liberal version of health care reform, such as the public option or single payer. Thus, 54 percent of voters in last week's NPR poll want either Obamacare or something more liberal, and only 44 percent remain on the "conservative" side of the equation.

Follow me across the fold for more discussion of this topic.

As we know, when Democratic voters turn out, we win. How are we going to turn them out? By running on our successes, and Obamacare is a big one. By the fall, all those people who are seeing the tangible benefits of the Affordable Care Act are going to know who is on their side and who is not. All those people who are able to receive contraceptive care without a co-pay, or who no longer worry about annual or lifetime caps on what their insurance will pay, or worry about losing their coverage if they lose their jobs, or those with pre-existing conditions, or those simply able to get health care who couldn't afford to do so before, are going to be able to see that Democrats got them health care, and Republicans want to take it away. Simple as that.

It's not wrong for Democrats to talk about wanting to fix flaws in the ACA. Doing so shows that they aren't rigid ideologues. But they should spend the overwhelming majority of their time contrasting their view to that of Republicans, whether they are talking about Obamacare or other key pocketbook issues like the minimum wage and the Paul Ryan budget (which Sen. Dick Durbin rightly called a "blueprint" for the Koch Brothers' dystopian vision for our society, and which Sen. Harry Reid referred to as the "Ryan-Koch budget").

Every Democratic candidate should campaign with Ronald Hudson at the front of their minds. You may remember Ronald Hudson from last fall. Kin to R.T. and Uncle Lenny Hudson, he's the gentleman from Breathitt County, Kentucky who, upon receiving the word from his Obamacare navigator that he was getting health insurance, replied: “Well, thank God. I believe I’m going to be a Democrat.” Next fall, he could cast the ballot that puts Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Senate to replace Mitch McConnell.

How do we get folks like Hudson out to vote? Remind them that Democrats—and only Democrats—got them health coverage, and that Republicans want to repeal the law that gave it to them. Gratitude is a strong motivator. I'd wager that fear is at least an equally powerful one.

How many more R.T. Hudsons are out there?

The Urban Institute report in which this graph appears notes:
These early estimates understate the full effects of the Affordable Care Act on the uninsured for two major reasons. First, the survey does not capture the enrollment surge that occurred at the end of the open enrollment period, because 80 percent of the responses to the March 2014 HRMS were provided by March 6, 2014. Second, these estimates do not reflect the effects of some important ACA provisions (such as the ability to keep dependents on health plans until age 26 and early state Medicaid expansions) that were implemented before 2013.
The graph shows the real impact Obamacare is having on the uninsured rate, and shows how much more of an impact it could be having if not for the stubborn resistance of most red states to expanding Medicaid as provided for in the law.

A comprehensive analysis done by a Los Angeles Times reporter estimates that, with the open enrollment period now closed (other than a two-week extension for those who began their applications before March 31 but couldn't finish), nearly 10 million previously uninsured Americans now have insurance thanks to Obamacare. The same kinds of right-wing deniers who "unskewed" the polls in November 2012 and argued that Mitt Romney was definitely going to be our 45th president are out there denying the reality of these numbers. If you must, go ahead over to Breitbart and compare how they misuse and distort the same data that led the Los Angeles Times' Noam Levey to very different (i.e., reality-based) conclusions. Others, like Glenn Beck, are simply going nuts in response to Obamacare's success.

Republicans thought they were going to hang the Affordable Care Act around Democrats' necks like a millstone come November. Not gonna happen. But what Democrats have to do is not only sell the benefits of the new law, but make it 100 percent clear that the ultimate goal of Republicans is to repeal it, to throw it in the garbage.

We have to go on offense and hang "Repeal Obamacare" around their necks. We must make them run on taking away health insurance from what will be, a year from now, tens of millions of Americans. If they're smart, they'll be running away from repeal faster than you can say "former Senator Mitch McConnell."

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:46 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives.

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  •  Message the Pre-Existing Condition coverage (16+ / 0-)

    Republicans continue to treat health care as a privilege of citizenship.

    Democrats through the ACA treat it as a right and a responsibility of citizenship.

    Republican plans for pre-existing condition coverage result in unaffordable premiums or outright rejection, and are heartless and immoral.

  •  Thanks Ian (2+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:52:42 AM PDT

  •  Obamacare will not be the driver of voters to the (12+ / 0-)


    It will be the economy stupid......and JOBS, JOBS, JOBS...

    And the fear of a plutocratic takeover of this democracy....the income gap is the winner for Democrats, if they can exploit it....

    •  Democrats Stand For Helping The Non-Rich (4+ / 0-)

      with government programs that the rich don't need and they do not want their taxes raised. That is the narrative and helping the non-rich with the ACA and programs that raise wages and lower the unemployment rate are all part of the narrative.

      •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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        Interesting thought, but sounds like fiction to me.

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        by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:54:02 AM PDT

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        •  Well, the platform clearly does. (2+ / 0-)
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          And the legacy since FDR does. Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson are the ICONIC Democrats of our time.

          But NOT Third Way practitioners who today by far dominate the Party, of course. They neither represent the platform nor the legacy or the Party.

          And that is the ENTIRE reason why Republicans still exist as a political party. People no longer believe Democrats mean what they say. For a moment, with Obama, they suspended that disbelief. But mostly they are not inspired in the way they would be if Democrats truly behave like a populist Party out to rebuild the Middle Class and support the poor.

          Trust, but verify. - Reagan
          Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

          When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

          by Words In Action on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:26:40 AM PDT

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          •  Elizabeth Warrn and Alan Grayson iconic? (0+ / 0-)

            That must be why everybody knows what you mean when you say EW or AG.

            I don't know if people disbelieve that Democrats mean what they say or whether they don't like what Democrats say, or what.

            I do know that lots of people have suffered mightily in the current depression without a lot of sympathy or action by the administration.

            Republicans have been worse, but they aren't in charge and that is an advantage with a fatigued electorate.  Think 2010 -- how many people were really voting Republican so much as registering their dissatisfaction.

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            by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 12:27:34 PM PDT

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        •  It Is The Winning Narrative Not Told Enough (1+ / 0-)
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          by many Democrats. So I can dream.

      •  True, that's the platform, for which Warren (2+ / 0-)
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        and Grayson, and Sanders as a caucus member, are the icons.

        But the Party itself, its leadership and the vast majority of its membership, in practice, are not.

        And that's why Republicans retain significant power.

        But for lack of adherence to a populist platform, the Democrats fail to drive public economic policy; or rather, they participate in driving it and us into the ground.

        Trust, but verify. - Reagan
        Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

        When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

        by Words In Action on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:29:49 AM PDT

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        •  The Price Paid For Not Adhering to It (2+ / 0-)
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          is not having a consensus for governing hich the populist platform would give them. Sticking to it would annoy wealthy contributors and business interests in their districts. Success would come at the price of rubbing those people the wrong way and that is the price they do not want to pay.

    •  False choice, people don't vote for one reason (5+ / 0-)

      if that was the case we would be cleaning up with whites in the deep South. Voters are people, and people are complex.

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      by dopper0189 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:12:25 AM PDT

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      •  People are complex, (6+ / 0-)

        but voting is simple.  Complex arguments do not stand up well among "average voters", who are uninformed as to the facts, the issues, etc. Republican ascendency in this nation over the last 45 years, from Nixon to Reagan to Bush I and Shrub, was based on a very SIMPLE message to the people: liberalism is your enemy.  It worked because it was a message equally understood - for different and 'complex' reasons - by white southern racists and northern "ethnic" (Irish, Italian, etc) blue-collar workers and white suburbanites across the country.

        What Ian suggests here, is the basis for a grand strategy that can go far beyond the matter of health care alone, and which can appeal to many voters across the country on many issues, from economic to health care to immigration to schooling to race etc: Republicans are your enemy. In every one of these issues and more, the Republicans have overreached and provided plenty of compelling and very public evidence to support that contention: Republicans are the party of the 1% - they don't care about YOU, the average American voter, they have been trying hard to screw YOU out of your wages, your health care, your rights, and even your political system itself.

      •  There are many things you can say about whites (2+ / 0-)
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        In the South, going back to the civil war.....
        Kentucky and Georgia are overcoming their handed-down racism...but let's assume them as an outlier....

      •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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        Which is why I am not concerned that republicans will makes gains I'm the midterm. If they have the house and senate, especially if it is tea party, the it will be shown that all they can do is whine.  If they took the house and senate, and fixed the ACA, no damage or destroy it, they could win the next presidency but that will not likely happen.

    •  And the repubs have done everything they could (2+ / 0-)
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      To sabotage the economy - oppose and end the stimulus, austerity, reduce public employees, cut cut cut.  Whether this is from their misguided ideology, ignorance of basic economics, or from a traitorous desire to wreck the economy for their narrow political gain - I don't know.

      "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:14:04 AM PDT

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      •  My guess is "traitorous desire to wreck Obama" (6+ / 0-)

        by killing ANY chance of economic recover, and counting on the STUPIDITY of the nation (and the plutocrat-funded right wing media wurlitzer) to press home the LIE that the slow economic recovery is due to Obama's policies, including Obamacare, and BENGHAZI!!!!

        Meanwhile, Mr,. Boehner, WHERE ARE THE FREAKIN' JOBS JOBS JOBS?

        America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

        by dagnome on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:33:23 AM PDT

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      •  It's B. Do not doubt that. (6+ / 0-)

        Malice is the only remaining motive for their behavior. they can see the results of their insistence on getting their way just like everyone else can. the fact that they (to a man) refuse to acknowledge the harm their policies have done and continue to do is proof positive. their hateful, divisive rhetoric, bordering on "g-d damn america" is more. Who they speak to, how they speak, the deliberate obfuscation of their motivations, all of this points in one direction only.

        The republican party has decided that democracy is not in its interests, and as a group is furious with America for our behavior lately.

        Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

        by kamarvt on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:39:58 AM PDT

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      •  Sabotage the economy is a funny concept. (0+ / 0-)

        Don't forget that if you read the headlines, the economy is doing pretty well right now.  The unemployment rate is down and stock market indices are up.  Even home sales and prices have wobbled upward.

        The reality is much darker, but you can make a case that nobody has sabotaged the economy because everything is coming up roses.

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        by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:55:49 AM PDT

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    •  It will be JOBS, JOBS, JOBs -- primarily (1+ / 0-)
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      Lots of people will be voting for/against ACA, however.

      Even a bad economy has losers and winners, and winners tend not to be so excited about it.

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      by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:53:38 AM PDT

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    •  There are plenty of jobs (2+ / 0-)
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      My 21 year old daughter had 4 offers in one day.  The problem is that the jobs we do have don't pay enough.  

      Most low income employees, min or not, are aware that an increase in min wage will increase their income also.  

      If the elite liberals opened their eyes they might see that a HUGE majority of jobs today pay less than $15 per hour, the figure we are fighting for here in Seattle.

      Even most bank employees make less than $15.  Retail managers make less than $15 in most industries today.  Administrative and clerical workers make less than $15,  Take a look at craig's list for Seattle and see than almost ALL jobs offered pay less than $15 and most demand a degree.   It's not just fast food workers folks.

    •  But LOSING IT would!! (0+ / 0-)

      A lot of us who gained it are petrified that if he Senate, they can balls it up for the rest of us the way the governors did for their earners under $20K.

      I am one of these who are so terrified of losing it, I had got it for a family member off exchange (back in November, when there were all the stories of uncertain outcomes) ---just in order to guarantee having the coverage ready to go on Jan 1.

      I am one of these who are so terrified of losing it, I had got it for a family member off exchange (back in November, when there were all the stories of uncertain outcomes) ---just in order to guarantee having the coverage ready to go on Jan 1.

      Far too many people write them off as stupid do-nothings, simply mindlessly "repealing" the whole thing, but actually they are expert at using their staffers' legislative abilities to insert clever little spanners in the works behind the scenes, that gradually would cripple it, the way that Republicans cripple laws for high risk pools when they are in power.

      They CAN do it - they CAN cripple Obamacare from the inside. It makes no difference who is president. A Democratic president has no control over the funding for agencies - a Republican Senate could rubber stamp a HHS or IRS funding level that cripples it with bureaucracy. That's how they work.

      Thanks Democrats! My Obamacare is permanent coverage no one can take away - and saving $3,000 is nice too

      by sotiredofusernames on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 11:52:17 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, but that is also what the GOP counts on (0+ / 0-)

      Because that's what they'll be focusing on jobs any day now. The problem is that they always change focus on the last several years of crap they've put on our dinner plates once it all fails. Iraq, immigration, gay rights, the economy, etc. etc.

      Repeal won't work and soon they will change the subject. They'll find another button to push. And will we, for the zillionth time let them? Or will we, now and through 2016, begin to remind the public of their 4 year temper tantrum? That they won't expect. If over and over and over again we remind the public at every turn that they did not want health care reform. That they wasted 70+ million dollars on 50 repeals in the House of Representatives.

      Yes, jobs are important, but we must also remind the public that the GOP DIDN'T FOCUS ON JOBS until right before the election. They didn't try doing anything about wages for 4 years. They need to be hounded into a defensive posture. We need to stand for those things while talking about their misguided ideological catastrophe.

    •  I agree that's the big issue still, but still... (0+ / 0-)

      Obamacare is in the conversation, and the Democrats need to be able to talk about it. Now, finally, they're in a position where they can talk about it in a way that it's a winner - maybe not the main point in their platform, but something that will help them, and not detract from the economic inequality argument that is, as you say, their big winner.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 04:51:37 PM PDT

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    •  The ACA will help them exploit the (1+ / 0-)
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      jobs issues as the ACA creates jobs in health care and in construction. Yes, all those new and expanded Community Health Centers, thanks to the ACA are going to need all kinds of building trades and suppliers. And that's not counting other construction created by the ACA. Medical building of all kinds is expanding.

      All the Republicans have done over the last five years is block 47 Job creating bills while trying to kill the ACA. Oh, and there's that little War of theirs against Women. Think there aren't tie ins with the ACA and the economy there? Guess again.  

      The Democrats just need to tie it all together and put a big blue bow on it.

      There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

      by Onomastic on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:47:36 PM PDT

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  •  Understand that factual analysis... (10+ / 0-)

    doesn't always sway the US electorate (Dukakis). You need to spin it with a little style and B.S. (Clinton). The GOP understands this thoroughly. They focus on carpet bombing people with a steady stream of emotionally charged nonsense. It has become a national punchline to anyone but the serial fox "news" watchers (who are a lost cause anyway.) Let them continue to hang themselves, and use their words against them as it becomes more and more obvious that they are lies.

    •  You have to speak to the people, understanding (2+ / 0-)
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      our needs, hopes, and fears.

      That, unfortunately, requires listening skills that seem to be in short supply among Democrats.

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      by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:57:20 AM PDT

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      •  IT IS NOT THE ELECTORATE'S FAULT......!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        This is a loser strategy...!!!

      •  I think the Dems have a pretty... (2+ / 0-)
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        good handle on the "needs, hopes, and fears"of the US citizenry.  Problem is, too many have had their "fears" defined by republican propaganda.

      •  The elitist dems (2+ / 0-)
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        just tell the working class to all get degrees and are more than willing to lend them the money to do so.   Too bad the jobs don't pay enough to ever pay off that debt.

        And of course the president of our university here makes $900K a year = liberal elitist.

        •  And the GOP plan on prevailing .... (1+ / 0-)
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          wage job creation in the US is????
          Outsource to enhance the corporate bottom line at the expense of the US working class. THAT is a losing strategy.
          "We're all Keynesians now." Richard Nixon.

          •  Absolutely determined to miss the point, aren't (0+ / 0-)


            If you want to join a debating society, fine.

            Elections are not that.

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            by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 12:23:32 PM PDT

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            •  Elections are nothing BUT debates... (0+ / 0-)

              and they actually hold debates between the candidates. It's on TV.
              It's one set of ideals against another. The winner convinces the US electorate that their ideas are better for them.
              Now that we've come full circle, I hope you see the point.

              •  Hmmm. Must be why Nixon won in '60, (0+ / 0-)

                and Gore won in '00.

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                by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 03:39:26 PM PDT

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                •  Because the people voted... (0+ / 0-)

                  for Kennedy, and the SC stopped the FL recount? Or, because you're jealous of a university president that makes more than you.

                  •  Get your facts straight. (0+ / 0-)

                    There were was a Florida recount.
                    At no time did the Gore campaign request a constitutionally acceptable recount, a fact affirmed by a 7-2 Supreme Court vote.

                    The only official recount found a Bush victory.
                    There were two major studies done by news organizations -- not official sources -- and the results were that Gore "might" have won a statewide recount that included counting "overcount" ballots -- something Gore never requested.

                    The only controversial ruling in Bush v. Gore was the decision that, in failing to request a Constitutionally acceptable recount, Gore had allowed the clock to run out. That ruling was justifiably criticized, but that's a long way from saying Gore actually won the vote.

                    The Florida vote was effectively a tie -- and might have swung Bush's way if the state had not been called for Gore while panhandle polls were still voting.  We'll never know what might have been, only what was.

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                    by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 04:51:10 PM PDT

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                    •  take your own advice (0+ / 0-)

                      There was a recount, of votes that weren't already thrown out before they were even counted once, and that's just one of several things you conveniently ignore, along with the atrocity that was Bush v. Gore, as legal scholars much more intelligent than you have said.
                      But it's pointless arguing much with a GOP apologist such as yourself, who thinks he's some unaffiliated voice of reason, really just an attention starved loser trolling most threads here looking for any excuse to attack Democrats.  

      •  bullshit (0+ / 0-)

        The Democrats as a whole are much more in tune with the needs of the working class than the Repubs, it's not even close and you'd know it if you weren't such a mindless GOP apologist.
        Minimum wage, worker safety, equal pay, healthcare, education, the list goes on.  How about you list the issues that Obama and the Dems aren't responding to, including jobs, and what they should be proposing beyond just mindlessly repeating "jobs" and nothing more?
        It'll require a bit more thought than "Dems suck" for the billionth time.

    •  Agree, though we rely too heavily on the (2+ / 0-)
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      disputable notion that Republicans are always on the verge of suicide. They seem to thrive while choking and, with the devoted attention of Third Way emergency miracle workers, have more lives than a feline demi-god.

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

      by Words In Action on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:34:05 AM PDT

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      •  It's even worse: Republican bashing is a loser (2+ / 0-)
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        This should be obvious to all the genius Dem and progressive opinionistas, but it apparently eludes them: demonizing Republicans may feel good, but it won't do squat to get those critical millenials, minorities, and lower class voters to the polls. In fact, it just turns them off. If you want to get those people to come out to vote, you need to offer them really good reasons to vote for you. Those reasons need to he direct, immediate and tangible. Plain and simple, and nothing else will do. I would suggest: JOBS JOBS JOBS, and massive expansion of the safety net.

        "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

        by quill on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:56:47 AM PDT

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    •  "stylish B.S. (Clinton)"... (2+ / 0-)
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      brought us NAFTA & the repeal of Glass-Stegall.

      Lest we forget, it hasn't been exclusively Bush policies that this president has had to deal with.

      "third way" is still far too popular with far too many Democrats.

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:57:57 AM PDT

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  •  My biggest disappointment has been (13+ / 0-)

    the utter lack of Liberal Super PACs defending the law. Where the the ads with people helped by the law? I can't believe that liberal groups, and hell business interest helped by the law (insurance, hospital chains, etc) haven't been tapped to run pro-ACA ads? I'm still somewhat flummoxed by the silence on the left?

    Where's MoveOn? Where's insurance magnet Peter Lewis? But why hasn't Obama related PACs (Priorities USA?) fundraised to support the law? Is once again Obama separating campaigning and governing, to the detriment of both?

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)! Follow on Twitter @dopper0189

    by dopper0189 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:59:30 AM PDT

  •  As it was explained ... (7+ / 0-)

    .... by Atrios, the Baby Blue Cherub: if you are running for office and have a "D" after your name ..... saying "Hey, I don't like the ACA, myself!" is a loser. You will be 'blamed' for it, whether you support it fully, halfway or not at all.

      Fighting back, and pointing of the absence of pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps, et al .. is the only way to go.

      Howard Dean has always backed-off from declaring health care a right ... but he does say it is a responsibility of the federal government. And that is another way for a Blue Dog or lukewarm Democrat to go.

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:05:58 AM PDT

    •  A good tack for Ds in some place, I think, would (1+ / 0-)
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      "I'm not happy with ACA.  Not in the least.  It's a mess.

      But...It does some very important good things for you, my consituents and fellow citizens.

      Don't let Republicans take those away.  Elect me to fix the problems with ACA without leaving you back where you were in the bad old days."

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      by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:00:01 AM PDT

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  •  Repealing Obamacare (2+ / 0-)
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    ACA has been in place now for about 4 years and much of it has already been implemented in one way or another.  I just don't see any possibility that this law (aka Obamacare) could be repealed.  It may be changed in many ways if the republicans actually were successful in gaining back the Senate, but even then Obama has the big veto "stick".  I think the law will continue to be tweaked along the way and Obama has done that in many ways already.  Even though he is catching a lot of slack for that, it's such a huge law, making corrections as we go along only makes sense.  

    •  If you don't think it can be repealed, you haven't (3+ / 0-)

      paid enough attention to what has happened in states like WI and NC when Republicans get total control of the government.  Protections for workers, teachers, the environment, the unemployed, the poor, students, voters, etc. - all down the toilet at lightening speed.  

      I have no doubt that if the GOP was somehow able to control both Congress and the White House, most of the favorable parts of the ACA would be gone or weakened.  The parts that feed taxpayer dollars to corporations would remain, but help for the poor would be gone.  In red states, it was never there to begin with; the GOP would repeal it in blue states with glee.

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      by ahumbleopinion on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:05:57 AM PDT

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  •  Let's start with the fact (2+ / 0-)
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    that this is HEALTH CARE REFORM, not Obamacare. Republicans won't ever even attempt this in ANYONE'S lifetime. Please expose them for the anti-American, anti-human scoundrels they are!!!!

  •  dear democratic politician: do you want to win? (3+ / 0-)

    then blast a lefty-populist message loud and proud 24/ have the winning hand (you mealy-mouthed, numbnuts wimp) so play it!

  •  The rupubs wil run on "Obamacare" (5+ / 0-)

    for decades. Their next strategy will be the death by a thousand  cuts, eventually  turning it into a giveaway to the insurance companies, unresponsive to patients, riddled with exceptions and paid for by vouchers. When they succeed with that, he r's will point to it as an example of what happens when Democrats try to do big things and crow "Obamacare".

     If the Democrats don't fight to keep the ACA, be proud of it despite it's shortcomings it will be a smelly dead bird tied around their necks for years to come.  

    •  I doubt that (0+ / 0-)

      I have historical and scientific reasons to support my claim that the Republicans are going to take themselves out of politics, probably within ten years. It took fifteen years for the Federalists to do that, starting with the 1800 election of Thomas Jefferson. On that timetable, Republicans will be crushed in 2016, and gone for the 2024 election.

      The big questions are whether we can motivate our voters to the poll this year, and when we can take over various states. Some bright people are working on that, on such matters as health care, the minimum wage, women's issues, immigration and so on. Each needs to be carefully framed and preferably appropriate measures put on the ballot in all swing states, and states with enough swing districts to motivate turnout.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 02:57:31 PM PDT

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  •  You voted for it....You own it.....the train has (1+ / 0-)
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    left the station.

  •  the ad is easy (17+ / 0-)

    "Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote. Republicans voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare.

    With Obamacare there are no lifetime limits on essential medical expenses;
    Representative x voted 50 times to take this protection away from you.

    With Obamacare insurers cannot drop your coverage or raising your premiums if you get sick — or from deny coverage if you have a preexisting condition;
    Representative x voted 50 times to take this protection away from you.

    With Obamacare your child can stay on your health plan until age 26;
    Representative x voted 50 times to take this protection away from you.

    With Obamacare there are caps on annual out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses
    Representative x voted 50 times to take this protection away from you

    Representative x voted 50 times to eliminate protections guaranteed you in the Affordable Care Act he sneeringly calls Obamacare.".

  •  Nah, I Don't Really Think So (3+ / 0-)
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    I think we need to take the position that ACA didn't go far enough and that we are now on to the next reform: Publicly-funded healthcare.

    Publicly-funded healthcare means a system where all essential healthcare is paid for by the federal government out of a progressive tax.

    The problem with ACA is that, while is has many, many benefits, it does not provide affordable, universal healthcare. It does not reduce total spending below 15% of GDP and it doesn't cover everyone.

    The big problem with it is that it depends on the for-profit health insurance system. The best medical loss ratio built into the law is only 85% healthcare spending. This means 15% is wasted on (essentially) overhead. Compare that with a public system, where the overhead is typically on the order of 4-5%. So, basically we are wasting about 10% of the money, and that's on the for-profit part of our system (about half of it, which is about $1.25 trillions, meaning a waste of around $125 billion a year).

    We can do better.

    And, progressives should launch our own effort to "repeal and replace" "Obamacare".

    My proposal is to simply increase each income tax bracket by a couple percent and pay for all essential care out of that. This is a kind of single-payer system, but it's a very specific kind. It isn't just "Medicare for all" (which would also be a vast improvement), because Medicare is supposed to be paid for out of the Health Insurance tax, which is a payroll tax, and is a flat tax. That isn't fair. That means poor people would be subsidizing healthcare for the rich.

    I want a progressive tax. And I want a simple comprehensive system. Part of the cost of healthcare is the plethora of plans in the U.S. We have on the order of 15,000 separate plans. If you're a provider (heaven help you if you are the person needing healthcare) you have to determine which procedures are covered. You have to wade through all the provisions. No wonder it costs a fortune! The providers have someone parsing the plans to see what is covered and the payers have a person parsing the plans to see what coverage they can deny. It's insanity.

    We need maybe a handful of plans. There should be one plan that covers everyone with a very minimum co-pay* (maybe $5 per visit or $5 per procedure, except for preventative care). There could be another plan without co-pays for military personnel and veterans and their families.** There might also be a plan for seniors and near seniors that includes additional free-to-the-user coverage for things that people over 50 are more prone to. That's three plans not 15K.

    There is clear political advantage, also, to going on, never mind the healthcare system benefits.

    (1) It forces our opponents to go on the defensive, so that they don't have the resources to attack ACA.

    (2) It makes it clear that we didn't go anyway far enough when we passed ACA.

    (3) It gives the public something to actually vote Democratic for.

    I'm open to discussion about what the plan should look like. These are my thoughts on the general outline. But frankly, there's a huge benefit to us debating exactly how it should look because it educates the public on the issue and gets them involved in the outcome.

    We made a huge mistake in the 70's and following on: we stopped pursuing additional gains and allowed the other side to build a series of attacks on progressive programs. We went off the offensive and just tried to defend Roe and Medicaid and AFDC and various other programs under attack. A defensive strategy is a losing strategy, because no one can win all the battles. We cannot afford to ever do this again. We should have a new target in mind and make the other side defend.

    So, I would prefer not to run against repeal and I would prefer not to run on "Obamacare". I think we need to focus on the next logical step. We need to put a publicly-funded system on the table. The President said that anyone who had a positive suggestion--a way to save money or increase coverage--should come forward. If someone has a suggestion for improving the system, he's willing to take a look.

    I want him to look at publicly-funded healthcare. It would increase the number of people covered. It would save us literally hundreds of billions of dollars a year of otherwise wasted money. It would help move that money into a more productive part of the economy, thus increasing the standard of living and helping the economy grow. It's the right thing to do.

    Let's go on to the next step. It's time to progress.


    * A minimal co-pay has the advantage of providing feedback on what the insured believe are the right providers to be part of the system and the right procedures to use. But it should never be enough to prevent care, and it should be waived for people earning less than a living wage.

    ** People serving or having served in the military deserve totally-free healthcare, based on the hazards they take on by just being in the military. And their plan should be tailored to their needs because their health needs are different than those of the general public.

    •  "Medicare for all" (4+ / 0-)

      Healthcare as a for-profit enterprise makes as much sense as testicles on a chicken.

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      by dagnome on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:37:10 AM PDT

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      •  Please. I'll be stuck with Medicare soon enough. (1+ / 0-)
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        Don't try to stick me with it now.

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        by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:01:31 AM PDT

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        •  i just got medicare - and after 8 years w/o (3+ / 0-)
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          medical insurance (thanks, Blue Shield for redlining me due to a pre-existing condition) I'm damned glad to have it...

          If you already HAVE insurance, count your lucky stars. If not, perhaps Medicare with its 4% overhead would be far superior to private insurance with 20% overhead.

          America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

          by dagnome on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:11:45 AM PDT

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          •  Compared to nothing, it's ok. (0+ / 0-)

            I wold much rather get rid of Medicare and Medicaid and replace them with just "care". Some thing for everybody.

            It may work better in some parts of the country, but the people I know on Medicare are not thrilled.

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            by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:57:16 AM PDT

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            •  and folks I know who don't have insurance (0+ / 0-)

              are less-than-thrilled...

              so, horses for courses, I guess - But I agree that a better and more comprehensive form of healthcare for all would be great.

              So, how about a few less aircraft carriers and joint-strike-fighters and better healthcare for citizens*?

              *I realize this means I will be perceived as a damn "librul hippie' but, so what

              America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

              by dagnome on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 09:30:57 AM PDT

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    •  Complicated and confusing (4+ / 0-)

      It took you 900 words to make your argument, and you were preaching to the choir.  How do you think that argument will fly with the average uninformed voter, the independent or Republican who is a hard working American getting screwed by the 1%, but who doesn't really understand the details of ACA or public option, etc?

      What you are suggesting is good policy, but bad politics.  

      All it would do is sow confusion in the minds of ordinary voters.  That fact ought to be self evident: your critique rests on the clear premise that there is something wrong with the ACA.  If you push that argument, then what "average voter" sees coming from BOTH sides, R and D, is the same message: "ACA is wrong" - and they will make their choice at the voting booth according to the habits of thought that have driven them already for years - and Dems will lose, and there will be no change.

      I am all for universal public health care, whether through a single payer system or some other means.  But before you will EVER get that, it will be necessary for the great majority of the population to be on the Democratic side of the aisle, so that Democrats are enabled to pass these changes into law. We need to change the habits of thought of ordinary voters, who have believed now for 40 years that the Republicans are on their side. The diarist is right.

      •  It Didn't Take Me 1200 Pages (0+ / 0-)

        It takes exactly three words to make my argument: Publicly-funded healthcare. And that's if you count the compound word as two.

        What I'm suggesting is good politics. It moves on from the ACA/Obamacare debate, leaving the Republicans in the dust.

        If you aren't ready to progress, fine. Don't come along. But I'm moving on from the old arguments to the new.

        •  All that's fine but sounds like ... (2+ / 0-)
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          More politician promises. Instantly tuned out.

          How about being proud of the biggest expansion  in health care access in fifth years?

          Fix it later.

          For now, tell people all the good and tell them the GOP wants it destroyed.

          •  Fix It Now (0+ / 0-)

            ACA was a bunch of "politician promises" when it first came up.

            Can you give me one substantive reason why we shouldn't have affordable, universal healthcare? Can you provide one reason why we shouldn't make the Republicans go back on the defensive? What's the advantage of being proud of the biggest expansion in private health insurance in history when that isn't even a legitimate market at all?

            It's time for us to move on to the next step. The GOP complains all the time about "Obamacare". Let's give them something to really hate.

            BTW, you didn't tune this out. It got your attention!

      •  Oh, and There Is Something Wrong With ACA (1+ / 0-)
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        It doesn't go far enough.

    •  Yes. Although I'm glad we have Obamacare (1+ / 0-)
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      in the meantime. And, it will help us get there (see: Vermont, single-payer, authorized/encouraged by Obamacare)

    •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm ready to move past the ACA and onto real health care reform!  Sadly, I don't see Democrats campaigning on taking the next step.

  •  I don't see why.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Shouldn't the Democratic wing of the Democratic party be reaching across the aisle to embrace potential allies, however distasteful in other legislative contexts -- to bring about repeal?

    It wasdoctrine and dogma on this board, right down to its owner, that the ACA was an unacceptable kludge, worse than the status quo, a bailout for insurance companies, big pharma and the hospital chains.

    It was a given that all this legislation would do would be postpone the day when the health insurance octopus collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions, and real health care reform rose from the ashes.

    We used to be appalled that 'health insurance' was being sold as 'health care'.

    And now?

    Y'all are a bunch of weather-vanes.

    "Politics is not the art of the possible.
    It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable" J.K. Galbraith

    by Davis X Machina on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:35:26 AM PDT

    •  No, it's not an either/or thing (6+ / 0-)

      I was bitterly disappointed that the Obama administration agreed to ditching the inclusion of the public option. Still am.

      I was for single-payer. Still am.

      But I am not an idiot. The ACA contains extremely important consumer protections that we should all be damned glad to have.

      Just because I prefer that a public option be included in the exchanges and, ultimately, single-payer insurance for all, that does NOT mean that I have to be opposed to the ACA.

      Especially since if I am, I aid and abet the GOP and the rightward tilt of this nation.

      Let's elect progressive Democrats to Congress and then push them like hell to get a federal public option in all of the state exchanges.

      Or, we can stand on principle, fold our arms, protest vote or non-vote, and let the Teajadists win the whole shebang in 2016.

      That'll help.

      "This is a center-left country. Democrats can act that way and win. In fact, they must." -- Markos

      by cassandraX on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:49:14 AM PDT

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    •  It is a horrible kludge, but it's not worse than (0+ / 0-)

      the previous status quo.

      A low bar, to be sure, but all the bar it needs to clear.

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      by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:02:25 AM PDT

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    •  This turns out not to be the case (3+ / 0-)

      Your thesis is counterfactual. We went through that in 1994, when a few Democrats, claiming that the bill before them was worse than nothing, crossed the aisle to join with Republicans in killing HillaryCare, setting us back more than 15 years. Not this time.

      There are some other purity trolls like yourself about on dKos, but almost all of us see that there was no way to get to single payer or a public option in the face of Blue Dog Ben Nelson, the Senator from Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska, and Joe Lieberman, the Senator from The Hartford, Connecticut, who was far worse than a Blue Dog. (To be fair, Nelson was actually an executive with Central National Insurance Group of Omaha. The point stands.)

      The path to single payer now runs through Vermont, nuking the filibuster on legislation, and taking back the House with a margin greater than the number of remaining Blue Dogs. The ongoing implosion of the Republican Party will help after we get past them trying to make up for dwindling numbers by getting ever louder and nastier.

      The path to anything good runs through voting for and working for the best, or least-bad, candidates available, and through pushing the issue forward to get more public support and thus better candidates next time. See President Obama on Marriage Equalty, where he followed the polls. Compare that with any Republican who is busily unskewing the polls and claiming that the results of polls, ACA signups, whatever, were cooked.

      I supported Blue Dog Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly against Richard "Rape babies are God's will" Mourdock, and I have been pushing Donnelly, along with a multitude of other Hoosiers. He has evolved on Guns and Gays since his election, though not yet on God (abortion and Israel).

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:06:41 AM PDT

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  •  50 Unsuccessful Repeal Atempts of Obamacare by (4+ / 0-)

    rethugs that cost the taxpayers about $50 Million should make taxpayers pissed.

    That $50 Million wasted by rethugs granstanding for their useful idiot teabagger base couuld have been spent on all sorts of wonderful things to help people in need.

  •  They were really hoping for an atmosphere (11+ / 0-)

    in which Dems would be ashamed of ACA. Instead, it's a reason for PRIDE.

    The success stories are pouring in. Millions are feeling a sense of relief they've never known, Thanks to a law that every single Republican congressman and senator opposed.

    Dems should be shouting it from the rooftops and never letting voters forget who fought for their security and who fought against.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:48:17 AM PDT

  •  Absolutely right. (9+ / 0-)

    Dems should make it a point to argue that

    Democrats got them health care, and Republicans want to take it away. Simple as that
    I could not agree more.  It is time to build Democratic politics around the CLEAR idea that the Republicans are bad guys who are intent on screwing the people, and this does that very well.

    Mass politics in a democratic society is all about FRAMING, and the rule there is the KISS rule. That "health care is good" is simple to demonstrate, well within the common sense understanding of most voters. That "Republicans want to take away health care" is equally simple to demonstrate - the actions of Republicans on state and federal level over the last year have provided plenty of hard evidence to prove it.  Putting those two together, even the least-informed voters can make the obvious deduction, which the Democrats should make VERY explicit: the Republicans are evil SOBs who aim to screw hard working Americans out of the health care they deserve.

    But the Dems should NOT stop there.  They should make this into the central strategy of their campaigns on issue after issue, where they can frame the matter the same way with the same results: minimum wage, campaign finance, economic stimulus, food stamps, post office, etc. right down the line. In every case, the aim should be to paint Republicans explicitly as the party of the 1%, who are intent on screwing hard working people out of a decent living.

  •  Absolutely! Democrats Must Force Republicans (5+ / 0-)

    to defend -- point by point -- each of the provisions in Obamacare they wish to repeal.

    "Tell me, Republican "A," why is it good for these people listening to take away (item, item, item) from them?"

    Debating "Obamacare" as a name of a law will not get the win.  Debating "Obamacare" as a set of individual good benefits will get the win.

    Anyone can be in favor of repealing a meaningless name that was given a bad label and racist associations by Republicans.  That's the age-old winning "Republican Strategy," in [place since Nixon's first presidential campaign and a proven winner in the South and now the West where "brown people" are the new black.


    No one can be in favor of:

    Removing otherwise uninsured under 27-year olds from their parents' insurance (their age group suffers the most costly trauma accidents -- gunshot, auto -- that fill our ERs and hospitals);

    Making more Medicare patients pay more for drugs (they are the sickest who can least afford their meds);

    Letting insurance companies deny your claim, even when your premiums have been paid in full forever;

    Refusing to cover you because you had a pre-existing "condition" that the insurance company gets to define (who hasn't had a pre-esisting condition who's still alive?);

    Stopping your coverage when an arbitrary limit is reached that can shift at the insurance company's whim and about which you, the policy holder, can do nothing (you can get this sick but no sicker then the Republicans say you should die quickly);

    Returning to the era when increased health care costs outstripped the rise of costs on everything else per annum -- probably combined (yeah that will create more jobs, Republicans);

    Welcoming the bad old days when the uninsured flooded the ERs, received free treatment, and you paid for it via higher premiums (hidden costs that really redistribute the wealth from rich to poor, Republicans);

    and fianally. . .

    Being enslaved by your employer who held you in thrall with his "health benefits -- until he fired you and you had nothing, nada, zilch between you and total financial ruin when you got in a car wreck after that last day of work (truly taking the rugged out of the individual and making him a drone in the communal hive).

    Talk to the points.  By point.  And win.

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    by Limelite on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:51:20 AM PDT

  •  Against repeal is a brilliant approach. (5+ / 0-)

    You don't have to like ACA to oppose simple repeal.
    You can, in fact, believe ACA is a stinking pile foisted on us by idiots and oppose repeal.

    Repeal presumes that the pre-ACA world was better than the ACA world.

    It wasn't.

    Pre-ACA was an even bigger stinkier pile than ACA.

    Republicans can't even suggest positive change at this point.  They're in the same position Democrats were re: middle class tax cuts before the 2010 election.  They have to introduce legislation because nobody will believe them.

    Problem with that is that you can't hide legislation that you have introduced.  It does into the public record.  If it's sleazy sneaky slimeball stuff, people will know.

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    by dinotrac on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:52:21 AM PDT

  •  I've Set My Expectations That Democrats Will (2+ / 0-)
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    cower and fail to embrace the ACA, let alone run on supporting it.

    They will embrace the Republican's framing of the ACA, "It's A Disaster", not by saying it's a disaster but by saying "We need to move forward" which means they don't want to talk about it.

    I guess the focus group companies that the Democratic Party uses tells them they must cower and avoid mention of the ACA.  So that will be their strategy.

    Run of the mill Democratic Party members will be left wondering why, but it won't matter.

    The majority of Democratic Party members have come to expect that successes are to be viewed as failures as defined by the Republican Party agenda.

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    by kerplunk on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:56:18 AM PDT

  •  I agree (4+ / 0-)

    The Democrats have got to stop qualifying the success of the ACA by say "its not perfect."   How about talking about its success and then saying, "And we will be working hard to make it even better in the years to come."  Every time I hear a Democrat say the "not perfect" line I cringe. First of all, what law that has ever been passed in the US has been perfect?  Secondly, saying "not perfect" enforces the image that somehow the Obama Administration did something unusual and wrong by passing a bill that will need adjustment as it moves forward and it sounds like an apology.  President Obama and the Democrats in Congress do not need to apologize for, after decades of trying, finally passing a bill to fix the health care access that has been denied to millions of Americans by an industry that is failing to do its job. They should be proud and happy they made it work in an atmosphere where their opponents spent billions of dollars on media to fight it and millions more tax dollars trying to repeal it.  Democrats did not lose, they won - they should act like it.  

  •  I agree. I would add (1+ / 0-)
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    support for the Middle Class/Main Street as another effective theme. Populism wins.

    I would say Climate Change mitigation should be the top message, because it is the overall most important, but you can't deal with Climate Change without significantly dampening the influence of the rich and, unfortunately, there's so much confusion and denial out there, the meme wouldn't resonate or be as powerful for electoral purposes. So strategically it kind of has to be a backdoor objective at this point. Insane, but there it is.

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

    by Words In Action on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:18:52 AM PDT

  •  We really have to get to work (1+ / 0-)
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    There's a lot of misinformation to clean up. For instance, there's probably a lot of people who are thrilled with their new health insurance policy, but don't understand that it's Obamacare - especially if their state has an exchange.

    While I've always thought it was smart of us to co-opt "Obamacare", now I think it might make our jobs more difficult. We have to explain that Obamacare is the ACA which is your state's exchange or  It's like triple messaging.

    The important message, as said in the diary, is to blast far and wide that "Democrats brought you health care and Republicans want to take it away". It's that simple. By the fall, millions of people will have not only signed up for health care, some for the first time in their lives, but also had time to kick the wheels and actually use it. This is the first time in generations that we have had a government program put into place that tangibly affects Americans on a personal level. It's a new feeling, and we have to drive home the Democratic message, finally, of yes, the government is good and we can help.


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    by La Gitane on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:22:08 AM PDT

  •  Good diary, Ian (1+ / 0-)
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    This is one of those days when the button to rec the diary isn't showing up for me.  Consider your diary recced with this post.

  •  Repeal Mitch 2014 (2+ / 0-)
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    Repeal Mitch 2014 - Vote Alison photo repeal-mitch-400px.jpg

    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and it won't do him any damn good without a hook, line and sinker, and a pond with fish in it.

    by tomwfox on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:24:21 AM PDT

  •  Is Obamacare really a winner? (0+ / 0-)

    It is not at all obvious that Obamacare is an electoral plus. Many low-income people will get subsidies and those with pre-existing conditions will have access (not necessarily at affordable rates) and some others will benefit, but others will see no change or will be paying more. Somebody has to pay for those subsidies, and it's not likely to be insurance companies - they wouldn't have agreed to Obamacare if they figured to lose, and their stocks have been going up all along (except when the Supreme Court was debating killing Obamacare). There are some new taxes but they don't come close to paying for the new expenses.  Health care is still expensive and will probably be more so for those whose incomes are just above the subsidy levels (about 260-400% of poverty level). Conservatives exaggerate these things, but they are real - Obamacare doesn't create expanded health care out of nothing. Those who will benefit mostly voted Democratic anyway.

    By 2016 Democrats may have to be campaigning to replace Obamacare with a real universal plan.

  •  Need ads with examples of hard-working (2+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz, mmacdDE

    people who have raised families and been civic/community leaders with spotty insurance coverage who now have the coverage they should have had all along, but for a historical lack of priority on developing that in the past, privately or publicly.

    The private sector had its chance. It could still do it.

    On Thanksgiving a neighbor told my wife that private insurance could have addressed these needs. My wife responded: "but it didn't."

    That should be the punchline.

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

    by Words In Action on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:41:52 AM PDT

  •  Contrary to conventional wisdom, (1+ / 0-)
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    this election is ours to lose.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:51:08 AM PDT

  •  It's repeal of Obamacare & medicare. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ryan and all those who vote for his budget are advocating turning medicare for anyone under age 55 into a private voucher system.

    Tie the two issues together.  Republicans advocate repeal of both.

  •  if they do not run FOR Obamacare and find a (1+ / 0-)
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    spine, because all the polls favor the Dems. this fall, and we lose the Senate, as I have said before, I will become an Independant then. No if's ands or butts. RUN for it Democrats, point out all the GOP cares about ( instead of jobs) is repeal. That is NOT an option!

  •  Apologies, but I have to step away for a while. (0+ / 0-)

    I will read and reply to new comments later. Thanks for stopping by.

  •  Democrats should run for the next step (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Lencialoo, Ian Reifowitz fixing health care financing.

    An end to deductibles, co-pays, and balance billing.  And ending the annual corruption of the "doc-fix".  And the mandator annual re-enrollment period during which the private insurers do the switch of the bait-and-switch from their deal the previous year.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:48:23 AM PDT

  •  And ACA continues popularity: TOTAL Estimated (1+ / 0-)
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    Exchange-Based QHPs: 7,400,208

  •  Can't wait till Bill Clinton points his finger... (3+ / 0-)
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    at Mitch McConnell and says to 400,000 Kynect enrollees,

    "Mitch and his colleagues voted 50 times, 50 TIMES, to TAKE AWAY your healthcare."

    I can see the ad now:

    > Avg KY middle class Mom w/family, "Finally we have healthcare for our family."

    > McConnell, "I vow to repeal healthcare!"  

    > Ky Mom, "Mitch McConnell wants to take Kynect, my healthcare, away from my family."

    > Voiceover, "Mitch McConnell the Washington outsider, who would voted to take away your healthcare.  Hasn't he served Washington long enough!"  

    > Voiceover, "Allison Grimes, From KY, For KY."

    KY is the perfect case for not running for Obamacare, but running against repeal. Obama, and Obamacare, will never play in KY, never has, never will. But having your healthcare taken away will.  

    And guess what the margin of victory for Grimes is in turning out those Kynect enrollees.

    So let's call out the dogs, and hang "taking away your healthcare" on McConnell.

    Thanks for nailing this one Ian.

  •  How does a person become an ACA navigator? (1+ / 0-)
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    Excellent diary, Ian! This year's mid-terms are crucial.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 11:14:07 AM PDT

  •  Great dairy. (1+ / 0-)
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    I have been without health insurance for 3 years, finally I'm covered through ACA. The Colorado exchange was easy, nice to see the options with a set price and I qualified for a subsidy as well.
    I also turn 62 this year and retired early because I knew I would be finally getting health insurance after working through a nursing pool that did not offer insurance. I'm one of the people that actually decided I could stop working because it would benefit me to live on less and draw off retirement savings.  
    What really bothers me is the insensitive comments about people like me that finally have another option without paying an arm and leg for high deductibles.  At a family gathering last night my BIL commented that he didn't need Obamacare because he "works for a living" ....  
    I just about told him to stuff a sock in his pie hole. He's a very vocal tea party nut that thinks he knows it all cause he listens to Faux News, Limbaugh, etc.  I'm still do you respond to people like this.  
    I really hope the "repeal" republicans get creamed this year!
    Thanks for letting me vent here....

    Confucius say: "Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient."

    by Lencialoo on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 11:37:45 AM PDT

  •  One Problem (1+ / 0-)
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    We still have the same number of doctors! ACA should have also expanded eligibility for veterans medical - an untapped reserve of doctors.

  •  Republicans want to go backwards. (0+ / 0-)

    It's as simple as that.

    They want to bring us backwards to the days of the Robber Barons, when there were few, if any, regulations on corporations (you know...the "good old days" of child slave labor, tainted meat, and unsafe drugs).

    They want to bring us backwards to the days before Social Security, Medicare and the minimum wage.

    They want a return to the days of back alley abortions.

    They want to bring us backwards to the days when only certain people were allowed to vote.

    And they want to bring us back to the days before Obamacare, when unscrupulous health insurers denied coverage to people based on preexisting conditions, hid annual and lifetime caps in people's policies and found every way imaginable not to pay for people's health care.

  •  I sure hope Democratic candidates... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz

    ...vigorously defend Obamacare and confront Republicans the way they need telling what Republicans now want to take away from more than 8 million Americans...and want to keep denying to the neediest among us in places like red Texas. I say tell the truth about these evil Republicans and not mince words even in red states.


    by alaprst on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 03:53:15 PM PDT

  •  It's finally time for offense. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz, rsmpdx

    The fight over Obamacare is like medieval warfare.

    First you storm the castle (win Congress and the Presidency).

    Then you take the castle (pass Obamacare).

    Then you hold the castle while the enemy attacks (hold your seats in subsequent elections, defend Obamacare against attacks).

    And then, when the enemy has broken itself on your walls, you ride and drive them from the field. (Go on the attack, celebrate Obamacare, go after the Republicans for being against it). You can only do this last part after you have already won the first two fights - capturing the castle and then holding it against the counter-attack until the enemy breaks.

    The enemy has broken. The polls show it. Their own behavior shows it. Now it's time to rout them.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 04:44:49 PM PDT

  •  "Fix flaws in Obamacare" is wimpy and defensive. (1+ / 0-)
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    Better frames for discussing new policies going forward are "build on the success of Obamacare," or "take the next hill," or "adding to Obamacare."

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 04:48:55 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for this, Ian. (1+ / 0-)
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    There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    by Onomastic on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:51:42 PM PDT

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