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Monday, February 17, 2014

Democratic Strategy for 2014 Elections: Focus on Obamacare

With the upcoming mid-term elections, Democratic politicians are in their usual predicament:  Voters agree with them on most of the issues, but they're more likely to vote for the Republican candidate instead.  Yes it sucks, but what're you gonna do?

At a recent three-day retreat for Democratic VIPs, Joe Biden told the audience:

On every major issue, the American people agree with the Democratic Party.  I can't think of a time when the issues that most affect the American people, most affect the middle class, overwhelmingly, overwhelmingly, they support us.

He's right. Income inequality, a higher minimum wage, infrastructure spending, gun control, immigration reform, abortion, same-sex marriage for that matter, the entire rightwing Biblehump agenda that Republicans keep trotting out the public is with the Democrats on all of these issues.  That and four dollars will get you a cappuccino at Starbucks.

If agreeing with the public on the issues was any sort of guarantee, the Democrats would be assured of winning the House and strengthening their control of the Senate this November.  And Jimmy Carter would have trounced Ronald Reagan in 1980.

A Republican consultant responded to Biden's comments with:

Biden's comments reflect a 50,000-foot view rather than political realities on the ground in key states that will determine control of the Senate.

He's absolutely right, like it or not.

In a recent survey, 52% of the public named the Affordable Care Act whether pro or con as the most important issue.  Therefore, what should the Democrats be focusing on?

Obamacare.  This is what Democratic candidates need to talk about the Affordable Care Act, with all its good and bad points. Talk about the millions of previously uninsured Americans who finally have health insurance; people with pre-existing conditions who, for the first time in their lives, can NOT be turned down by an insurance company.  Insurance companies are no longer allowed to cancel your coverage AFTER you've gotten sick.  Talk about this!  Shout it from the rooftops.

And since millions of voters are pissed off about Obamacare acknowledge this.  Listen to their complaints and explain how it happened and what you'll do (or have done) to fix the problem.

The GOP is planning to sweep the 2014 election by hammering away at Obamacare the millions of glitches and crashes, people's genuine fears of losing their current coverage or having to pay more for less coverage, the evils of socialized medicine, etc.  Democrats can NOT let the Republicans frame this debate.

If the Democrats try to avoid talking about Obamacare and instead just bask in the glow of the public is with us on the issues we're looking at a Republican Senate next year.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yur a dumbfuck fucktard knuckledragger. Have a shitty day, Progressive Hammer & Cycle waving POS asshole.

February 18, 2014 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Well, as one can see, all opinions get published here. Equal time for inbred mouthbreathers and other members of the neckdrooling community.

February 18, 2014 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

I think a good analogy is that every person who signs up for Obamacare is like a nail in the coffin for all arguments against it.

February 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memories may be really short as by November as many people will have forgotten the anxiety about Obamacare as have forgotten the Republicans caused the shutdown. Except for those who have already made up their minds.

Might be a great opportunity and enough time to find some success stories, especially among local neighbors to turn the tide.


February 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jim: Very well put. I couldn't agree more.

Erik: I agree, these Obamacare success stories need to saturate the airwaves and the Internet between now and November. This is the Democrats' key to holding onto the Senate.

February 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


February 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Irony alert: Your linked website, The Apothecary, is edited by Mitt Romney's former health care advisor; the same Mitt Romney who originated the Individual Mandate. Like I said, irony.

February 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM  

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