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  •  Y'know, guys, this is not a winning strategy (8+ / 0-)

    Even by the coldest and most cynical calculations, this is simply dumb.  "To strike a political blow against the Scary Black Man, let's reject tens of billions of federal dollars and minimize the availability of health care!  That way, we'll either push voters toward our opponents, or kill off the stubborn voters who still like us for lack of health care...."

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    by filkertom on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:15:54 PM PDT

    •  "this is not a winning strategy" (0+ / 0-)

      Are you kidding me? One major constituency that benefits from Medicaid—poor people of all colors, but especially minorities—simply don't vote in the numbers that their better off "brethren" do, unless there's a candidate like Obama on the ballot. It's a sad electoral fact in this country with a variety of causes—GOP electoral suppression is just one of the factors—but it's still real.

      The other major constituency that benefits from Medicaid—older white people—is the prime Fox News demographic, and they've swallowed the horseshit about "death panels" and all the other crap hook, line, and sinker.

      Unless and until the Florida Democratic Party can get its natural constituencies to the polls in off-year elections in numbers that are proportionate to their segment of the population overall, there is no downside for the GOPers on this.

      •  The downside? Business. (1+ / 0-)
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        Specifically, the healthcare lobby that wants this to happen. Add in the insurance lobby that can so easily, apparently, get waivers from the administration to privatize medicaid. The voters don't matter one whit when those interests go lobbying and deciding who to contribute campaign funds to.

        “Birds…scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” Kurt Cobain

        by RadicalParrot on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:30:48 PM PDT

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