ObamaCare Supporters Consider Ballot Initiatives to Bypass Resistance


Sounds like a plan for political consultants to cash in

In some of our redder states, political leaders are pushing back against the Affordable Care Act, declining Medicaid expansions and refusing to set up health exchanges. In some of these states, supporters may turn to ballot initiatives to try push past conservative opposition. Politico reports:

Putting anything as volatile as President Barack Obama's health law on the 2014 ballot is risky — more so if the rollout of the law is rocky next year, less so if people start seeing tangible benefits. The health law, after all, was a big reason the Republicans captured the House and made gains in the Senate in the last midterms, in 2010. And ballot initiatives could stoke emotions and affect turnout in unpredictable ways in the 2014 midterms, when the health law is still likely to be a raw political issue.

"If Obamacare is on the ballot, people will line up to vote against it again," said Bowen Greenwood, executive director of the Montana Republican Party. "Historically, it's always a major turnout driver for us."

Nevertheless, local groups in Montana and Ohio that back the law say they've begun mobilizing for 2014. Florida stakeholders say a ballot initiative is "on the table" if a bitter standoff continues there. And there's some early-ballot talk among stakeholders and lawmakers in Arizona, too.

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  1. “Well, I don’t agree with his Bart-killing policy, but I do agree with his Selma-killing policy.”

  2. They won’t know what’s in the ballot initiative until they vote against it.

  3. Now if only they can make gun control another big issue in 2014. If they do then the Dems may very well create the a perfect shitstorm for their red state Congresscritters.

  4. In some of these states, supporters may turn to ballot initiatives to try push past conservative opposition.

    I suspect that some TEAM Blue followers are about to be hoist by their own petard.

  5. TEAM BLUE is always delusional about how much support there is for their bullshit. Go for ballot initiatives, douchebags. And then we will lulz over the results.

    1. Never underestimate the cupidity or the stupidity of the American public to grab at shiny, free shit dangled in front of their face.

      Health care is a right, donchaknow? It’s sad how many people that I know who think that’s true.

    2. TEAM BLUE may be delusional about how much support there is for Obamacare as it stands but they aren’t delusional about the fact that the majority want someone to pay the doctors and hospital bills.

      Obamacare is unpopular because the pony it promises isn’t free.

      1. Correction:

        “…the majority want someone [else] to pay the[ir] doctors and hospital bills.”

        I will add that that someone else is Uncle Sam, whether by forcing payment through private “insurance” or by a direct single payer national health plan.

        People really do want Swedish levels of benefits. They’re just not willing to pay Swedish levels of taxation.

        1. That last line, that, almighty that.

  6. Resistance is futile racist.

    1. That will certainly be an undertone as ads for/against these initiatives ramp up.

  7. Good luck with that. What makes them think a TEAM BLUE ballot initiative will succeed in a TEAM RED state in a non-major election? Frankly, I’d like to see some Obamacare haters putting up these same ballot initiatives just so we can watch them lose by 30 points.

    1. ^^This

      PPACA is VERY unpopular in the states that are resisting. We’re not talking CA and NY here…

      1. And clearly those 30 point losses will be from ‘astro-turf’ opponents.

        1. They can try to spin it any way they want, but they will lose badly if they follow this plan.

  8. “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”
    -Unknown but often attributed to Tocqueville

    Technically we’re living under a democratic republic, but for all practical purposes it might as well be a dictatorship.

    1. Sadly true.

    2. We might already be in the monarchy phase considering how prevalent a few families are at the top. If 2016 is Bush v. Clinton I’m going to … I don’t know, probably go on with my life while slightly more angry than before.

  9. Ballot initiatives are an obnoxious legacy of the progressive era that needs to go the way of the League of Nations. Why have a legislature when you can do direct democracy as well? If we voted dinner by popularity, we’d have Pizza Hut and Bud light every night.

    1. NTTAWWT

  10. Sometimes man, you jsut have to roll with it. Wow.


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