Dear Democrats, Stop Substituting the So-Called "Possible" for What's Morally Necessary
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In the 2014 midterms, Democrats did a complete swoon, running from the ACA as if it were a political poison pill, and they suffered historical losses as voter turnout plummeted to its lowest level since World War II.
Fast forward to 2018, and Obamacare became a defining issue that helped Democrats claw back some states and control of the House. What changed? Well, people had experienced it, of course, but the Republicans’ failure to come up with a viable alternative revealed the hollowness of their criticisms. If Democrats had defended the program and aggressively captured the messaging, while challenging the Republicans to propose concrete alternatives, it’s likely that the 2014 debacle could have been avoided.
But there’s another lesson the Obamacare debacle reveals. The program itself never won a majority of Americans over, as the press reported and polls showed. This is why Democrats ran from it, rather than on it. But if you unpack the numbers in this polling, it broke down into three groups: the radical right-wingers who objected to anything Obama and the Democrats proposed; those who supported it; and those who didn’t think it went far enough, and favored a more comprehensive Medicare for All approach, or at a minimum, inclusion of a public option. In short, a solid majority wanted to do something about our broken medical system. In most cases, those who supported Obamacare, also supported a single-payer government program. So, with a little advocacy, there was a majority waiting for the taking on real, substantive, health care reform.
But Obamacare, itself, was a result of Democrats choosing to do the currently possible, rather than trying to advocate for the immediately necessary. Before the first shot was fired in the health care wars, Obama capitulated to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and applied trim tabs to a foundering ship. This was, in part, a result of the party being beholden to corporations for their election campaign contributions, but there was a lot of talk about being “real” or “pragmatic,” a sentiment Sherrod Brown and the Democratic leadership still push, even after 2016’s disastrous results.
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February 5, 2019 at 6:37 AM #20352djean111Participant
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Here’s some more pragmatism – voting for corporate Dems will roll back progressiveness faster than the GOP can even dream of doing. The corporate Dems are locked and loaded against progressiveness, and using the “unity! Trump!” flag to enable that.
America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)
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