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Why Republicans hate #Obamacare, Pres. Obama aside. Hint: Their older, richer base.


Republicans blame obamacare

Republicans have never had a problem airing their grievances in the media, and the media have never had a problem giving them ample time to express their hatred of Obamacare. We've heard it all:

The Affordable Care Act is going to lead to a dictatorship and President Obama will take your guns!

Obamacare is a Muslim plot to allow us all to be ruled by Sharia law!

The ACA has legalized those Evil Death Panels and will require our doctors to kill us once we sprout a few gray hairs!

Obamacare is really a cover for BENGHAZI!!! With lots of !!!s!

Obamacare will drive our economy into the ground and we'll all die (thus eliminating the need for Evil Death Panels)!

Obama wants to be Prescription Writer in Chief and drug us all so he can exert his magic powers and cast a giant spell that will force us to do his Commie Marxist fascist gay French Kenyan bidding!

However, one Republican grievance has gotten very little play, if any, on the Tee Vee Machine. The Los Angeles Times clarified a few things, and they go a little something like this:

The beneficiaries are mostly low-income working families that qualify for subsidies designed to make insurance more affordable, and people farther down the income ladder who benefit from the law's expansion of Medicaid.

A smaller, but significant, number of people will pay higher insurance premiums than they used to and, in some cases, higher taxes. Those people are disproportionately Republicans. [...] Americans 65 and older... are the only age group in which Republican supporters outnumber Democrats, according to an analysis by Gallup of 18,000 polling interviews [...]

Republicans also outnumber Democrats among upper-income Americans, who earn too much to qualify for the law's subsidies but who may earn enough to be hit by its new taxes. And affluent small-business owners, among the most loyal Republican voters, are heavily represented among the people who bought insurance on the private market before Obamacare.

So right now, per the Times, the ACA's costs and benefits are distributed unevenly, which is one reason that Republican voters are so ticked off.

Additionally, the GOP's older, wealthier base opposing the law feels their hatred more intensely than Obamacare supporters (Democrats) do their approval. So if President Obama can stir up his base's passions about how the law is improving their lives, then Democrats can stand a chance to gain politically.

Own it, Dems. Get out there and sell it. Let voters know that repeal-happy Republicans would yank health insurance away from and risk the lives of millions. Inform Americans, stir up support, and make this a winning issue.


"There are not enough old white men to make GOP campaign strategies work."


start from the bottom

One of my mantras is how more Progressives need to run for office starting at the bottom up, such as getting a seat on local school boards and city councils. That way they lay the groundwork for advancement to higher office and provide a solid bench of liberals to choose from when election time rolls around.

Please follow the link below to read about California Republicans who are doing just that.

With that, here is today's letters to the Los Angeles Times, because our voices matter:

Re "GOP thrives at local level," Sept. 4

Randy Pope, a conservative city councilman in the Sacramento suburb of Oakley, complains that his freedoms are restricted because regulations limit his choice of light bulbs, toilets and shower heads. He confuses freedom with unrestrained resource-guzzling.

A democracy is not a place where someone can overconsume resources selfishly. All those other pesky people need access to resources too.

With Pope's other liberties obviously intact, he has confused freedom with greed, which he is still free to express in a major U.S. newspaper. May he also find the freedom to commit to conserving and save the outrage for a government that still hasn't done enough to build a sustainable society.

Nancy Breuer

West Hills


Since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Republicans have used the so-called Southern Strategy to win elections. Even Ronald Reagan delivered his first post-convention speech in 1980 in Philadelphia, Miss., where he spoke of states' rights.

This strategy works at the local level — just look at all those GOP governors and their control of many statehouses. But nationally, demographics are changing, and there are not enough old white men to make GOP campaign strategies work.

Donna Handy

Santa Barbara


"Don't be fooled" by the so-called GOP makeover. "Rarely has it been more dangerous."


be afraid

Since the November elections, the GOP has pretended it's reinventing itself. Adorable. Or to be more current, totes adorbs.

Republicans must think America's pretty stupid if they think we're buying into that. I've posted several times about how this papering over is nothing but that: superficial nonsense, cosmetic changes in language, new talking points, fake outreach, non-inclusive inclusiveness. Take these entries, for example:

RNC Chair Reince Priebus now wants to play hero with minorities GOP hasn’t wanted to touch with a 10-foot car elevator

Doonesbury– GOP “soul-searching”: “It’s time to get serious and double down with state-by-state election rigging!”

Registered Republican since 1947: “It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message.”

And back in January, there was The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion.

They have no intention of evolving, because too many conservatives continue to be racist, homophobic, corporate, bigoted, misogynistic, ignorant, set-in-their-ways, and/or fearful members of a rapidly shrinking white majority that fears change and political outcomes (or as Rachel Maddow put it back in 2010: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”) among other things.

Maybe they should be called the Introspection and Diversity R Not Us party.

Tim Dickinson says as much in Rolling Stone:

Don't be fooled. On the ground, a very different reality is unfolding: In the Republican-led Congress, GOP-dominated statehouses and even before the nation's highest court, the reactionary impulses of the Republican Party appear unbowed. Across the nation, the GOP's severely conservative agenda - which seeks to impose job-killing austerity, to roll back voting and reproductive rights, to deprive the working poor of health care, and to destroy agencies that protect the environment from industry and consumers from predatory banks - is moving forward under full steam. [...]

Today's GOP may desperately need to remake itself as "culturally modern, environmentally responsible and economically inclusive," argues David Frum, a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, but it remains, he says, in the throes of a "Tea Party tantrum."

As it works to lock in as many retrograde policies as possible before it finally chooses to either modernize or die, the Republican Party is like a wounded beast: Rarely has it been more dangerous.

And then he goes on to detail his premise points at length. Take a look, right here.


Registered Republican since 1947: "It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message."


dear gop sick of your s--- smaller

Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "New leader urges GOP to leave 'comfort zone,'" March 4

Jim Brulte, the new chairman of the California Republican Party, urges members to leave their "comfort zone."

Republicans need to resonate with the rapidly changing population of this state, and yet the party chose as chairman a white male conservative from Rancho Cucamonga. As a registered Republican since 1947, I was taken aback by this irony.

It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message. Perhaps they should review the demise of the Whig Party and the rise of the Republican Party.

Raymond Rodriguez

Long Beach


Brulte says, "The first principle of conservatism is you live within your means." For the GOP, it sounds more like, "Do as I say, not as I do."

It appears that friends are coming to the rescue of California's Republican Party. One of Brulte's first acts as chairman was to deliver a check for $50,000 from a friend, while promising that another was on the way. No doubt this "friend" has no problem living within his means.

I will write a check to Brulte for $5 if he will meet me in public to explain why I should vote for the GOP.

Manuel Carrillo



Brulte attempts to restore GOP credibility by reiterating that "the first principle of conservatism is you live within your means." He meant "financial means."

Conspicuously missing was living within the means of nature to replenish the natural resources we are voraciously consuming. Showing respect for coming generations with financial conservatism is admirable, but leaving them with an environmental mess is the opposite of respect.

The GOP has to stop using "green" as an expletive if it is going to leave its comfort zone.

David Perlman

Laguna Beach