for my Obamacare. Amen"
from my COLD, DEAD HANDS!"
Right now, there are about 20,000,000 people who are on good, affordable health insurance directly because of the ACA and these people know who brought it to them.We are all rightfully concerned about the SCOTUS giving corporations the right to impose moral restrictions on our medical decisions. Man From Wasuchistan, channeling Joe Papantonio, makes a great case why a favorable Hobby ruling for Hobby Lobby would be a terrible Gordian Knot for corporatists. Sometimes the more you struggle the tighter the binds become. Case law like quicksand often sees efforts yielding opposite results.
my expanded Medicaid."
However, in such a ruling, surely a stay would be put in place until SCOTUS could rule, punting the issue into 2015. While this would seem like a great victory for the Ludites, it would force millions of Americans now getting subsidies to freak out in Red and Purple state across the land. State legislatures would be forced to agree to host exchanges and the political toll on Republicans would be gruesome. It would be a bloodbath and by the time SCOTUS ruled most states would be off of the National site anyway. The wave of indignation, nay, hatred for those who brought about this travesty would push Medicaid expansion through all but the most tone-deaf state houses. Now that the benefits have started flowing, Obamacare became an official "Third Rail". Yes, Texas would continue to screw over their citizens... and the Blue Texas movement, under Governor Wendy Davis, will progress a lot faster.
Be careful what you wish for.
By 2009 Nancy Pelosi had forged a large majority in the House of Representatives and she leveraged that Congress into one of the most productive and progressive of our generation. The crowning achievement was the ACA. Unfortunately for all of us, progressive policies including ENDA, SNAP, Unemployement Insurance extensions and most importantly a minimum wage increase simply are not going to be realized by this current congress. We need a new and vastly improved House with Nancy Pelosi at the gavel to make anything happen and that is possible. Even with Obama at his polling nadir polling still show Democrats with a slight advantage on the generic Congressional ballot and a large advantage in party approval. By the summer millions of Americans will be swamping state capitols with signs saying "Raise My Minimum Wage", "Expand My Medicaid" and "I Want My ACA". Gerrymandering has created a lot of red districts with small, beatable margins like the one Mike Rogers abandoned today in Michigan. If the tide comes our way we need to be in a position to win them.
To that end it is so important that we turn our heads around and take to the offensive by fielding great candidates against incumbent Reds in pink districts. If you live in a safe Dem district or a safe GOP district, look around for a winnable district to contribute to.
If you have a good candidate you want people in prohibitive D or R districts to help please mention them in the comments. I do think this is something we need to start dwelling on because 2014 is going to be a year that shocks the Stu Rothenbergs and Larry Sabato's of the world into admitting that the Republican Party is already in histories trash heap.