#1- is it real or just a mirage- blip on the screen...
#2 the news media looks for "shocking" news.... is this manufactured?
#3- I trust about 5% of the headlines.... too much twisted BS !!
#4 - it's still WAY TOO early !!
#5- lets give the GOP the chance to Fsck-UP ! (givit 3 days !)
Another factoid - elections can be very volatile - Watching the Ken Burns series on the Civil War Lincoln's reelection chances turned 180 degrees in 2 weeks... before the fall of Atlanta he didn't have a snowball's chance in HLL, afterwards, he was a "shoe in" !!
Anyone notice the UPS fiasco... ? kinda reminds ya a little of the ACA rollout- proving any system can be overwhelmed !!
For one thing, it's way early. Not that the research should be dissed, but consider the following factors:
Dems will continue to take diminishing hits 'til the ACA has gotten past all the speed bumps and the positives begin to overshadow the right-wing disinformation. Figure on another 3-4 months of that.
The Primaries… Rabies shots required because the angry old white men that are the GOP's base are angrier and older and whiter because. Just because. But they will end up essentially voiceless once the Tea Party has crammed all the unelectables onto the various tickets around the country.
If CNN just did a lead story about New Years coming in less than a week, I wouldn't give it an ounce of credibility.
I think that the roll out of Obamacare, or the way the roll out has been reported, will cost Dems a lot. IMHO some of it is Obama's fault when he didn't fight for a single payer solution. I know that a single payer would never have passed, but fighting for it would have made the point that what the Reps would accept (even though none of them voted for what we finally got) was almost sure to be a boon to the insurance middle man companies at the expense of everyone else. If you don't make the case, you can't educate the people. And Obama didn't make the case. The technical problems of the web page shouldn't have happened, but they're fixable. The overall program itself, not so fixable.
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Y'know what else the gummint should-a done? They should have established subsidies of some kind — or even partial loan forgiveness — to pre-med and med school students to help ensure there are more healthcare workers in the pipeline for a much expanded insured population. I'm always seeing articles a/b the strain this new constituency of patients is going to put on hospitals and clinics and practices.
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That wouldn't pass the current House Repubes either.
Another thing that absolutely no one has mentioned is that the ACA is a win-win for the health insurance companies. They get more premium paying customers across the board. That should more than make up for the new requirements for claim payments (85% of their income/15% admin costs) and not being able to deny coverage based on whatever they decide. They can rake more people over the coals, but not nearly as much as they could before.
Single payer was,and still is, the way to go, but Congress will never go along with that unless there is a super majority of Dems in both houses (and maybe not even then).
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