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  •  This is the $64,000 question (5+ / 0-)

    I really think we need to focus 1st on winning a greater share of whites outside the South and Appalachia. The problem is that the one way we know to do this (greater unionization) isn't supported by the big money players on the Democratic side.

    I also think that expanding medicare by letting people over 50 buy in would be a way to let these folks know that "hey there is a government program that benefits us too".  

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:46:08 AM PST

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    •  Great input! (2+ / 0-)
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      FreeWoman19, dopper0189

      thanks.
      I am aware that union mobilization of voters really increased the white Democratic turnout this go round.
      And I think the leadership is aware of that and will hopefully turn more energy that direction.

      I've always been a huge supporter of Medicare for all, and have heard the lower the age to 50 argument before, and thought that was a great step, but never occured to me how it couldd help the angry old white person vote. Provided we could get them away from the couch in front of Fox. ;-)

      I'm 59. I couldn't afford insurance most of my life. Then only months after finally buying in at great expense (I probably could have got Medicaid but didn't know about it nor would've wanted to rely on it if I had), I had my insurance rescinded when they found out I needed heart surgery at 56 due to a genetic condition not heretofore discovered but a "pre-existing condition" nonetheless. Got it back--eventually--and I'm still here luckily thanks to a great surgeon--but not something I'd wish on anyone to ever have to go through.

      no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

      by srfRantz on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 11:09:05 AM PST

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