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That's Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), who's now running in a competitive primary for Pennsylvania governor, and running hard on her support for the Affordable Care Act and—crucially—Medicaid expansion.
"I worked with President Obama on the Affordable Care Act and getting health coverage to all Americans. […] It was my legislation that said insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for kids with pre-existing conditions. It’s something I’m proud of because it also closed the gap in prescription drug coverage for seniors. […] Tom Corbett has decided not to take the Medicaid money. As governor, I will take the Medicaid expansion, because 500,000 Pennsylvanians need health coverage.
Writing here at Daily Kos, Schwartz says: "The law is working; it has already provided coverage to over 8 million Americans! But when the President says that coverage of millions of others is within our immediate reach, he is right."

Standing with Obama should definitely be a plus in the Democratic primary, the audience Schwartz is aiming at with this ad which is running in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets. But she wouldn't be running it if she was worried that it could backfire in the general election.

It shouldn't backfire in November, and largely because 500,000 people fall into the Medicaid gap there. Standing up for them, and for all the people in Pennsylvania who've gained insurance because of Obamacare, is smart politics.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, Philly Kos, DKos Pennsylvania, Obamacare Saves Lives, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (37+ / 0-)

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

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:08:25 AM PDT

  •  Good on ya the weak-kneed how it's (11+ / 0-)


    •  Running against any Republic should be easy. (7+ / 0-)

      Run this ad!

      Republic Congressman Joe Blow voted over 50 times to:

      1. kick your children off your health care plan.
      2. raise drug costs for seniors by reinstating the doughnut hole.
      3. take away newly gained insurance for millions of working class Americans.
      4. give insurance companies the right to deny you coverage because you got sick.

      Its time for us to vote one time to repeal Congressman Joe Blow.

      You usually get what you paid for.

      by IowaMike on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:46:23 AM PDT

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    •  unlike "Sink" sunk in my District 13 (2+ / 0-)
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      of Florida and in her first misguided attempt for Governor.  She avoided our President and supporting the Affordable Care Act,  the working class and younger voters and "basic" Democratic principles.  She lost both elections on election day in tight races because she avoided the base and many still go to the polls vs. mail-in ballots.  She spent her time, while living in her rented condo, hanging out in senior centers and with local business groups seeking those elusive cross-over voters.  Ugh!  I came to despise her and Steve Israel for sending her here as we had a very capable local Democrat railroaded out of the race, Jessica Ehrlich, that seems to have moved on and is not going to run again against the now entrenched Jolly that is temporarily playing it moderate.

      I know that many people that don't know Charlie Crist worry about his true values but watch him locally wrap up our District 13 this fall as he is a well-liked local that is and has always been a populist and concerned with the working people, our public schools, our State's health, etc.

      Crist was the 1st Florida Democrat stating that 6 Floridians die each day from our not accepting our Federal tax dollars to expand Medicaid and he's calling out Scott for all of his transgressions.  Crist is the one to watch as a template.  Candidates don't need to appear angry, they just need to constantly speak the truth and get their message out to the voters by being actively engaged with them and the media.

  •  Interested in how she does in South-Western Penn (5+ / 0-)

    this area is very similar demographically to Kentucky. If she wins the primary could she get the Kentucky Governor to stump with her in this area?

     If she can do well with the ConservaDems in this area, she could win large enough to claim a mandate (and maybe even generate some coattails)

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    by dopper0189 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:22:29 AM PDT

    •  The good thing is PA has a lot of colleges and (4+ / 0-)

      universities. Nearly every county has a few colleges and we have 3 very large universities ( Temple, Pitt, Penn State ) and the professors and students are for the most part, liberal. I live in a small college town where the professors and students are liberal but the townspeople are older republicans.  

      I thought the more conservative Democrats were in Scranton but I think that has switched and might be the case in southwestern PA as you say except for inner city Pittsburgh.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:46:51 AM PDT

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    •  We just need to push hard with GOTV to get (5+ / 0-)

      students out to vote in the primary and that is a tough one and then to get them out in huge numbers to vote in the general election.  

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      by wishingwell on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:47:56 AM PDT

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    •  I am tired of the idiotic meme... (1+ / 0-)
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      of comparing Western PA to Kentucky, or Appalachia, etc.

      I live here, and it is not remotely similar. We have a unique history and our demographics reflect waves of immigration during the industrial period here. Or are you merely dividing white/non-white?

      I fail to see how Kentucky's governor would help at all. Most here have never heard of him.

      "No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up." --Lily Tomlin

      by paulex on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:30:58 AM PDT

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      •  My reasons for saying this are (0+ / 0-)

        1) I'm not counting, Pittsburgh into this analysis. Yes it's part of South Western Penn, but it has most of the Slavic, and White ethnic-Catholic immigrants, it also is still strongly Democratic. I'm referring more about places like Jonestown. These areas are heavily Scott-Irish.

        2) Politically I think a guy who sold ObamaCare to a state of full of ConservaDems (like Kentucky) is an asset. Having a stump speaker from a liberal ObamaCare success story is not a help with the older, working class whites who dominate this area. Having a guy like the Gov of Kentucky, a socially right of center (guns, religion, etc) yet fairly economic populist guy helps. Yes he isn't well know, but part of having him stump, will be forcing the media to cover the "Kentucky miracle".

        3) Western Pennsylvania is part of Appalachia, yes Pitt has caused much of the area to have a different political/social life than most of the rest of Appalachia, but outside of Pitt Western Penn has been trending Red much like the rest of Appalachia. A Democrat who can win in Appalachia without acting like Manchin, is also an asset.

        Those were my reasons, not "dividing white/non-white" voters.

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        by dopper0189 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:53:27 AM PDT

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        •  Jonestown? (0+ / 0-)

          We don't drink the Kool-Aid here THAT much! ;)

          I think you draw too sharp a division between Pittsburgh and the rest of southwestern PA. There are many old mill towns in the surrounding counties, and plenty of other ethnicities. I live in a neighboring county, and frankly, I really don't know any Scots-Irish. The situation here is a bit more complex than you imagine, with uber-wealthy people interfering and influencing elections (especially the repulsive Mellon-Scaife, Tribune Review crowd).

          If you try to lump the folks around here in with the southern reaches of Appalachia, their reactions would be WAY more hostile than mine. It would backfire, in a major way, and may be the ONLY way to deliver the election to Tom Corbett. The hostility among the natives here is palpable when it comes to that. Just compare us to West Virginia if you don't believe me.

          You analysis is a bit simplistic, I fear. Send us Bill Clinton. He is hugely popular and could explain the ACA better to the folks around here, who he knows well.

          "No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up." --Lily Tomlin

          by paulex on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:59:07 AM PDT

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  •  She got into the game a little late (5+ / 0-)

    I only started seeing her ads here in PA last week, after seeing Tom Wolf's for months, and Rob McCord's for a few weeks already.  I know that Schwartz was the "Machine Candidate", but I feel she probably has a lot of ground to make up now.

    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it... unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -The Buddha

    by Brian A on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:23:11 AM PDT

  •  Tom Wolf is well ahead in this primary. (3+ / 0-)
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    He ran a good campaign and self-financed some very good ads early on, while his opponents, for whatever reason, didn't do much.

    Schwartz has an uphill climb. Philly burbs are her base but Wolf is very appealing.

  •  step back (7+ / 0-)

    The governor's stance on Medicaid expansion is absurd--obviously.  If the Feds are willing to give 500,000 of your residents medical coverage without adding any expense to the state budget, what justification is there?  To say 3 years down the road might cost PA 10% of the expense is to say we don't need to help people right now, and won't, because later we might choose not to.  Put another way--hey, poor people, die today, it's a good way for us to save for tomorrow.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:25:58 AM PDT

  •  Not particularly impressive last night on MSNBC. (1+ / 0-)
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    She couldn't get that smirk off her face...hopefully, Ms. Schwartz will overcome that annoyance soon.

  •  I spent part of last evening comparing (6+ / 0-)

    the top three PA candidates for the upcoming primary... and she came out as my least favorite. Allyson Schwartz was Third Way until it became politically inconvenient, and although she is generally as progressive as the Wolf and McCord on social issues, when it comes to the corporate company she keeps... sorry, she's not for me. Not one bit.

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    by asterkitty on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:28:34 AM PDT

    •  I'm far from decided (8+ / 0-)

      myself but the Third Way connection and her seeming comfort with the wrong way for economics is an issue for me.

      "I'm not left wing because i'm ideological, or passionate, or angry. I'm left wing because I'm informed." - Mikesco

      by newfie on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:33:39 AM PDT

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      •  Here is a link to a few Diaries on Schwartz's.. (3+ / 0-)
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        ..involvement and then rejection of third way, along with co-sponsoring a Bill to expand Medicare. The links within the comment lead to diaries by Armando and Joan McCarter (with recommends by Kos & one from MB)
        Allyson Schwartz leaves Third Way - Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM PST.

        Schwartz's connection to Third Way drew attention in early December, when the Wall Street front group published a Wall Street Journal op-ed attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren, liberal populism, and Social Security. At the time,a spokesman said Schwartz "thought Third Way's Op/Ed on Social Security was outrageous and strongly disagrees with it" and reiterated her support for Social Security and Medicare; Schwartz quickly signed on as a cosponsor of a bill to expand Social Security. Now, as Schwartz leaves Third Way, Daily Kos' source says that "The Third Way op-ed made this a much easier decision to make."
        Just for some of background on it

        P.S. Yes the republican lite Mark McKinnon types (no labels) or third way are warning signs for me too. Looks like Schwartz's made the correct choice when she left third way and co-sponsored expanding Medicare. I hope her decision was heartfelt and not just political

    •  The thing is though (2+ / 0-)

      PA is not a liberal state. The people in the west are pretty conservative. :( Western PA is what Obama was referring to when he made the comment about people holding on to guns and religion.

      I love president Obama!!!

      by freakofsociety on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:38:50 AM PDT

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      •  He was referring (1+ / 0-)
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        to central Pa.  Western Pa is Democratic but much of it is conserva-dems.  Pittsburgh and Erie are democratic.  Erie hasn't had republican control in like 150 years.  It was hooked up with the conservative Butler area to get a republican rep in and then they just divided the city in half with this last gerrymander to dilute it even further.

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        by tobendaro on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:31:29 AM PDT

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        •  I don't know that he specified that (0+ / 0-)

          Since I'm looking at the comment:

          You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

          And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

          But that means you could be right.

          I love president Obama!!!

          by freakofsociety on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:37:19 AM PDT

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      •  Here in the Illiteracy Capital of Pennsylvania (1+ / 0-)
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        (Pennsyltucky/North Alabama/Tinfoilhatsylvania), aka Lycoming County (Williamsport) where 25% of the population is illiterate and an additional 50% is marginally literate, teabaggers dominate the political landscape and "cling to their guns, religion, and antipathy toward those who are different".  Obama was talking about this area of northcentral Pa during his 2008 campaign visit.

        This is the only county in Pennsylvania to participate in the federal literacy program, and the book chosen for residents to read was "To Kill a Mockingbird" (not a beginner's book -- I used Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs & Ham" for it phonetic qualities and fun) -- it was specifically picked for the benefit of "judges", prosecutors, cops, etc..

  •  I haven't made up my mind. (7+ / 0-)

    They all have flaws. I have to decided which flaws I can stomach.

    But to be honest, ANY Democrat is better than Corbett.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:31:31 AM PDT

  •  Tom Wolf's surge disappoints me (3+ / 0-)
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    It's simply a case of a rich guy trying to buy his election. And while I would prefer Wolf over Corbett any day, I just don't see him as something to get excited about.

  •  The problem with Allyson (8+ / 0-)

    I think in the past she was viewed as VERY liberal which doesn't play to the Conservadems (PA is really middle of the road).  Then, she got tied up with Third Way (maybe to counter the very liberal image?).  That doesn't sit well with the more liberal voters.  I just don't know how she is perceived now by most voters.  

    I really like that she is running on ACA.  

    Any of the Dem candidates is thousands of times better than Corbett.  I just hope whoever the Dem nominee is has long enough coattails to take back the legislature too.  

  •  Way to go! (5+ / 0-)

    Affordable Healthcare Act is a success and the republicans know it!

    Rose Schneiderman (1866-1972). "The life of men and women is so cheap and property is so sacred."

    by lyvwyr101 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:33:43 AM PDT

  •  Its Really Simple (2+ / 0-)
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    Republic Congressman Joe Blow voted over 50 times to:

    1. kick your children off your health care plan.
    2. raise drug costs for seniors by reinstating the doughnut hole.
    3. take away newly gained insurance for millions of working class Americans.
    4. give insurance companies the right to deny you coverage because you got sick.

    Its time for us to vote one time to repeal Congressman Joe Blow.

    You usually get what you paid for.

    by IowaMike on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:37:48 AM PDT

  •  Watch Georgia (2+ / 0-)
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    if you want to see how a Republican controlled legislature makes sure that a future Democratic governor can't make that decision.  HB 707 takes that power out of the governer's hands and puts it into the state legislature.

    In Georgia it doesn't matter at present because the governor is Nathan Deal, a republican, who wouldn't allow medicaid expansion anyway.  

    But Jason Carter is a formidable democratic opponent who just might beat Nathan Deal this year.  Even if he did, he'll be essentially powerless in this regard if the bill should be signed into law (which it almost certainly will be).

    Pennsylvania's general assembly is pretty even but both houses skew right.  Don't don't be surprised if there's a transfer of power from the current governor to the assembly wrt medicaid expansion.

    In Georgia there's also HB 943, which forbids (by cutting off funding)  any navigator programs by barring any state or local governments, agencies, or employees from advocating for medicaid expansion.  That would include universities, like UGA.  This one is just spiteful.  Well, they both are.

    Steve Benen had a nice synopsis of this drama in Georgia politics.

    •  So why would ... (0+ / 0-)

      HB 707 takes that power out of the governer's hands and puts it into the state legislature.

      Deal sign it?  When does a governor, or mayor, willingly give power up, unless they're getting a big promise from their financial backers once out of office?

      •  Georgia General Assembly Heavily Republican (0+ / 0-)

        As is the governor, and I've seen no indication that there are any disputes of any significance between the two branches.

        It may be an indication that there is concern that the governorship could be in jeopardy.  If a democrat wins it, and Jason Carter is a strong candidate, then medicaid expansion under current law would probably be allowed.

        If control is turned over to the legislature, there's really no question - it's going to be awhile before the Georgia legislature shifts into democratic control.

        Let's watch.  The signing or veto should happen soon.

  •  some Dem leaders think she will help downballot (5+ / 0-)

    Some PA Dem leaders think she will help down ballot candidates for state house and state senate, if she is the nominee for Governor.

    The state Dems are supporting many women Dem candidates for state house and state senate.  

    The theory is that having a woman Democratic nominee at the top of the ticket to become the very first woman Governor would attract many lower turnout women voters, on college campuses, in the cities and in the suburbs (where many women may still be registered as Republicans but they will pull the lever for a non-threatening Democratic woman Governor candidate).

    The longer range plan is to do the same in 2016 - having many women Dem candidates for state house and state senate when Hillary Clinton is the likely candidate for President.

    At political meetings I have overheard this strategy discussed.

    A Tom Wolf or Rob McCord, for all of their other good and progressive traits, would not have the same appeal to lower turnout / non-Presidential year drop-off women voters.

    It may not be fair and may not be ideal, but I believe it to be a fact.

    •  Good point, a woman candiate for Governor would (3+ / 0-)
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      help attract the sporadic voters to the polls who only vote in Presidential election years. It would also attract the college aged voters too.

      As we need to get new voters, young voters and sporadic voters to the polls. We need more of those voters who turn PA blue reliably in Presidential years since 1988.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:56:33 AM PDT

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      •  typo candidate ...we need a strong one to beat (1+ / 0-)
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        Corbett. As he is polling horribly and he is probably toast. But we can leave nothing to chance. Republicans show up in droves for every election.  In PA, people do vote against party lines as we saw for Atty general and other state offices at times but we suffer the same problem other states have..turnout in non presidential election years.

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        by wishingwell on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:58:26 AM PDT

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  •  She should campaign in central PA near Penn (5+ / 0-)

    State as the students, townspeople, faculty, staff...hate Corbett for obvious reasons and reach out to Penn state alumni.  They loathe Corbett over this Sandusky matter. I am part of an alumni group and even the Republicans who seldom vote for Democrats said they will vote against Corbett as their hatred for him is stronger than their disdain for Democrats.

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    by wishingwell on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:00:20 AM PDT

  •  She should run one ad doing what Kathleen Kane (5+ / 0-)

    did when she was running for Attorney General and won in the biggest landslide in PA state election history....and talk about how Corbett sat on the Sandusky grand jury testimony and evidence and more.  I know he is no longer attorney general and this is about governor but his failures then show his lack of character and how all he cared about was getting elected governor.

    He has moral values is what she can show , that he kept victim number one that Sandusky would be arrested and 2 yrs later, nothing happened till he was elected governor and another atty general took over.  This kid almost committed suicide because Corbett lied to is in his book and more.

    Trust me,some of his low poll numbers are because of what people found out a year after he was elected governor concerning how he sat on the Sandusky evidence and this man was free to molest more kids.

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    by wishingwell on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:05:56 AM PDT

  •  Good for her... personally (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm supporting Rob McCord but it is good to see all Democrats running in the right direction.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:22:36 AM PDT

  •  I lived in PA for 28 years (1+ / 0-)
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    up to a few months ago. I really like Schwartz and hope she becomes governor. Corbett needs to go. I will always follow PA politics because thats where I grew up!

    I love president Obama!!!

    by freakofsociety on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:33:03 AM PDT

  •  As Kos says (3+ / 0-)
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    There are more of us than them. If we vote we win. I am going to start keeping a stack of voter registration cards in my medical office. Patients can fill them out while they wait.
    All of you business owners, please consider doing the same.

    •  That's the way to go (2+ / 0-)
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      Penn. Democrats need to try and identify who those 500,000 people are and get them registered and get them to the polls...

      ======================================================== Those who can, teach. Those who can't teach, make rules about teaching.

      by oxfdblue on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:14:17 AM PDT

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  •  I live in PA; Corbett isn't a particularly popular (4+ / 0-)

    governor. He's done something to piss off most everybody. Rendell did too, of course, but Rendell was able to project an aura of back-room confidence to compensate. Corbett projects nothing beyond "that guy who has pissed off just about everyone."

    I think this election should be the Dems' to lose. I just hope they don't.

    Regardless, I am really glad to see Schwartz running ON Obamacare.

    The only remaining hope the GOP has of making Obamacare a sinker is the premium hikes they keep predicting.

    But, if by late August Dems are assured that those premium hikes are yet another Republican fabrication (and early indications are that this is so), then I suspect we'll see a lot more "I supported Obamacare!" ads.

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

    by cassandraX on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:21:51 AM PDT

  •  There are real differences between (1+ / 0-)
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    philosophies of Republicans and Democrats.  Some moderates on both sides do have much in common, however, to read their platforms and compare it is not hard to see where the differences show a real disregard for social justice and the civilized society most of want.

    Kudos to Rep Schwartz.  The ACA/Obamacare is a monumental achievement for this country today and long-term.  The Republicans have been able to do a snow job on so many because 80 to 85% of people have health insurance through work or are Medicare recipients; they don't get what a "big f*#@$^* deal this really is.

    That leaves the 15% who are a part of this society, but because they were low income, (but not enough to qualify to help), had a preexisting condition and were turned down for insurance.  Republicans wonder what all the fuss is about, on 15% left out.  But this 15% translats to about 47 million Americans.  

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