Friday, November 11, 2016

Not-So-Great Communicators

By Zamboni

Reading this post by one of our favorite bloggers, we cats are wondering how things would have been different if the Obama Administration had taken the trouble to sell healthcare reform — after it passed.

That's because folks who are benefiting from Obamacare right now just voted in droves to destroy it. So how are they going to react when the Republicans don't just take away people's insurance but also free mammograms and coverage for kids up to age 26? How badly will they freak out when the GOP once again allows insurers to deny them for pre-existing conditions? We don't know, but it sure will be interesting to see how high mortality rates go in states like, say, Kentucky.

We cats say: The President and an army of his surrogates should have been crisscrossing the country from March 2010 onward — holding town halls, giving slide shows, getting local news coverage and explaining, explaining, always explaining to people how the Affordable Care Act was going to better their lives. Instead, after the ACA was signed into law nobody in America heard another word about it until its calamitous website rollout of 2013. And Hillary Clinton was left to try to explain it to a questioner in the second Presidential debate while Donald Trump lurked cartoonishly behind her.

You could tie this astounding lack of communication to our down-ballot defeats in 2010, 2014 and yes, 2016, even though we picked up a handful of Senate and House seats on Tuesday. Heck, you can trace it all the way back to our losses in 1980, 1988 and 2000. It's not the only reason for these disasters, but clearly we've had a serious problem for years now. Democrats are just not getting the votes of people we work so hard to help — whether we're trying to give them health coverage or save the country from another Great Depression. And we won't until we learn to celebrate our successes and invite all of our fellow Americans to join us at the party. We cats HISS.

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