...how does one start a Whole New Congress Movement? We could start with rallies in or marches to the public squares of major cities all asking people to commit to throw their Senators and Representatives out of office in the next election.
We need to throw a scare into our Senators and Representatives.
One of the biggest problems with Obamacare has been that when it was first proposed, the Pres should have gone on national tv and thoroughly explained it. He didn't, and a lot of the less-educated people who oppose it, do so because they really don't understand it.
Agreed. One of the mysteries of his administration, as far as I'm concerned, is how he got this landmark bill passed and then never really bothered to sell it effectively to the American people. And when defending it, his administration's PR arm leaves some of the hardest-hitting points unsaid, such as "Well, Republicans, explain to all the Americans who just got healthcare why they shouldn't have it."
They could also point out that "You may have health insurance today, but there's no guarantee you'll have it tomorrow, unless the Affordable Health Care Act is in place."
Also, once you reach Social Security age, you start to face a blizzard of hard choices regarding insurance and health care. Probably there is resistance among some elderly people to signing up on the health care exchanges because they're thinking "Oh no, not more difficult and complicated decisions."
I don't get why the President isn't out there reminding people that, if you already are on insurance, MEDICARE INCLUDED, you don't have to do anything. Most elderly Americans have Medicare and don't need to do anything.
I wonder why that is the case though? It is not like Obama is an idiot or clueless about the power of PR. Why would a president who is very competent on the PR side of things drop the ball so badly with he's signature policy?
I can't answer that - it was my first disappointment with his administration. I get a White House newsletter regularly, and sometimes it will take me to another site where I'm invited to offer comments. I've suggested, on several occasions, that we need a more detailed explanation, but clearly the message is getting logjammed somewhere.
The individual mandate (a core part of the ACA) was originally the Republicans alternative to a single payer system proposed by the Clinton administration.The concept of a health insurance mandate was hatched in the Heritage Foundation, based largely on the Swiss health insurance system and was still a Republican plan when John McCain sought the presidential nomination in 2000 and when New Hampshire adopted the plan in 2006.
When Obama signed the ACA into law, Republicans did an about-face, abandoning the mandate and suddenly framing the market based plan as an evil socialist plan from the Democrats.
My opinion is that the modern republican party is totally obsessed with vilifying the democratic party at any cost to the public.
-- AND at any cost to their own integrity.
You first start with a charismatic leader --
What would be the point until you resolve the issue of how to finance politics. Do you not need to break the link between funding donations to politicians buying favour and bias before any real change can be made ?
It's too late. The Republicans won that battle. They stocked the Supreme Court with enough right-wing crackpots to declare that rich people* spending money on political campaigns was the same thing as exercising free speech (a Constitutional right).
*Including corporate "persons".