It really is surprising - especially with the beating the Tea Party takes in the lamestream media. It shows that more and more of WE THE PEOPLE are not buying the media's propaganda and are beginning to see that the socialist way is not the best way. The ObamaCare implementation fiasco and the sticker shock/loss of health plans and doctors has BURIED the "Blame the GOP" campaign that the Dems have been pushing since the government shutdown. The 13% shutdown will be long forgotten as a significant number of people are still cursing the Dems for wrecking their health care arrangement by foisting ObamaCare on them. Remember - Obama only won the last election by a slim margin in the popular vote. My hunch is that four times as many as gave Obama the victory in 2012 will turn against the Dems in 2014 and 2016. For the Republicans, ObamaCare will be the gift (from the Dems) that keeps on giving at the ballot box.
I'm just waiting on the first hack attack!
Hope you didn't put your daughters ss# on the ACA website.
Sheran: I did not. With all of the SNAFU going on, we waited to CALL BCBSGA to discuss the specifics. My daughter already has a health care plan with them, and was told in a letter a few weeks ago that the plan wouldn't exist under ObamaCare and that she had some new "choices" to make. None of them give her the insurance she had at the (low) rate she was paying. Whenever we tried to access the web site we couldn't, and even if we had gotten through we would have been very, VERY reluctant to input any personal information.
So now we're waiting some more for the BCBSGA "licensed agents"/ObamaCare navigators to get access to THEIR systems in order to get a quote on what my daughter's "choices" actually are. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking and we have about another two weeks before she loses the opportunity to renew with a roughly "equivalent" plan designed by BCBSGA. Of course, this plan has HIGHER RATES.
So we're going to get screwed no matter what.
TOT: You're welcome. More news on the polling front. USATODAY.com reports:
"The president's approval rating hit a low of 42% in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, down 5 percentage points from earlier in October.
The poll found 51% disapprove of Obama's performance, tied for his all-time high."
So it looks like the people are beginning to see the light. ObamaCare is undoubtedly one reason for the above numbers. And in news related to the ObamaCare fiasco comes this revelation from a Colorado "navigator" - reported by AL JAZEERA no less:
"Obamacare Navigator Hasn't Signed Up Anyone Because It's Too Expensive
"Thus far everybody has taken a look at the rates and they've walked out the door. There's sticker shock. They just can't afford it."
In the dumper. But WE THE PEOPLE can't (and won't) fire everybody. As I said in one of my earlier posts - most who want to "throw the bums out" are really saying "throw the other guy's bum out." But as we all know:
*The issue which is in focus now is ObamaCare.
*The issue which now is making a lot of people mad is ObamaCare.
*The Democrats are the party which OWNS ObamaCare.
*The Republicans/Tea Party are the ones who have been fighting AGAINST ObamaCare since its proposal back when.
*As evidenced by the poll numbers I reported above: “OVERWHELMING MAJORITES OF MAINSTREAM VOTERS IDENTIFY MORE WITH THE AVERAGE TEA PARTY MEMBER THAN WITH EITHER THE PRESIDENT OR THE AVERAGE MEMBER OF CONGRESS.”
The difference will come at election time from independents and so-called "swing voters." These are the people who aren't drinking anybody's Kool-Aid, and were persuaded to vote for Obama due to his charisma and his promise of change. What they have found out is that not only didn't we get "change," the status quo got WORSE with more corruption and cronyism, PLUS the country is now more racially divided than it has ever been. These are the people who are going to rise up and strike down those who they perceive are more at fault with the problems that are hitting them squarely in their pocketbooks and their household budgets. Remember, the President and many incumbents only won the popular vote by a few percentage points. I predict that enough independents/swing voters will be mad enough to keep the Republicans in control of the House, and perhaps even put them in control of the Senate.
That would REALLY make Mr. Obama's last two "lame duck" years the pits.
Well we all can postulate what might happen in the coming elections. The ACA will be an issue, of course. But winning elections IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. Who has it and who don't. Everything that I am reading and seeing points to a pull-out of contributors by Republican donors to the Tea Partiers. Big Business want a Business Friendly GOP. They do not seem to be warming up to the more Ideologically driven Tea Party. Business requires compromise. Tea Partiers do not compromise. That is not good business.
So, even with all the gerrymandering, if the T Partiers can no longer count on GOP dough, they will then become a footnote in History and Not the driving Force they see as their destiny.
Tea Partier Ted Cruz whose McCarthy like litmus test regarding just how conservative' are you does not totally play well with Non-Tea Party conservatives. Republicans want to win and are realizing that somebody besides Obama got to go. WE will see this in the forthcoming GOP civil war between the Tea Party and other Republicans who are not Tea Parties.
A Tea Party victory in this fight is unlikely. Money will end out determining the winner and right now Big Money Gop Contributers are behind the Establishment Conservatives.
"Well we all can postulate what might happen in the coming elections."
And we do and we will. This is the really important (and to me - surprising) poll result:
"OVERWHELMING MAJORITES OF MAINSTREAM VOTERS IDENTIFY MORE WITH THE AVERAGE TEA PARTY MEMBER THAN WITH EITHER THE PRESIDENT OR THE AVERAGE MEMBER OF CONGRESS.”
If this is really true - and if it stays this way for the next three years at least - don't be surprised if the Tea Party THRIVES. It is the "mainstream" voter that decides elections. Mr. Obama got enough of them to provide him with a narrow popular vote victory in 2012; his superior political operation enabled his solid electoral vote victory. But mainstreamers are NOT blind loyalists. They also are far less likely to put up with getting repeatedly burned by a political party whose primary goal is to hold onto power. In other words - these people frequently change their minds when they are confronted by the error of their previous ways (and votes).
....and this new Dem poll backs up the above: