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Commentary: Obamacare: Another GOP midterm election tactic
Published on May 2, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Rebecca Theodore

As the refrains of Obamacare prolong in reverberated litanies of hate, defamation, and disparate ideas of “repeal and replace” by conservatives and others alike, American politics is now sliced into a frightening tragedy of confusion and fantasy in the November midterm election.

Rebecca Theodore is an op-ed columnist based in Washington, DC. She writes on national security and political issues. Follow her on twitter @rebethd or email at
Although new Rasmussen polls indicate that “the new national health care law are at their highest level since October and 45% of likely US voters now view the health care law at least somewhat favorably,” opponents are still trying to segregate the country, take power away from the federal government and obliterate the Affordable Care Act.

In this regard, the Conservative-Libertarian argument that “Obamacare will increase deficits, lead to an overall decrease of the standard of healthcare in America and raise taxes,” shows that the political calculus on Obamacare is still not over.

Most obvious is Thom Tillis (R-N.C) emphasis that “Obamacare is a cancer on our national economy and it threatens the quality of every American's health care."

But all of the citizenry is not aligned with this blasphemy.

Given this information, it should now be seen that it is the wealth of the 1% that is again used to prevent the political system from protecting the rights of citizens to healthcare in the upcoming midterm election.

Although empirical research shows that “people cast ballots for reasons that have nothing to do with their excitement or the level of the political climate,” it is still of particular importance to understand the implications that language can play in politics.

As a result, the American political system now consists of “mere actors playing out a script.” By using Obamacare to exclude others from the dominant society because of socio-economic standing; Republicans are inventing a new type of ‘commodity fetishism’ whereby human suffering and pain hold no meaning. People are only viewed on their possessions and what they own.

Moreover, disenfranchising the working class from the democratic process and using Obamacare as a tactic for re-election shows that bigotry is still part of the social consciousness of American right wing politics.

Given these circumstances, it must also be seen that Latinos and other minorities are also a part of the democratic process. Therefore, if every midterm election is supposed to say something meaningful about what the country believes, then it should say a great deal about immigration reform, economic equality, national security, gender equality, human rights at Guantanamo and environmental protection as well.

Elaborating further, elections are not just about a grand debate or an ideologically polarized message before a captivated citizenry or about negative advertisements designed to sow confusion in the mind of voters. Elections are also about strengthening democracies by making sure everyone has a fair share of representation and power.

In all truism, the president's party may be doomed in a midterm election and the botched Obamacare rollout may have an adverse impact on jobs, businesses, and families, but it shouldn’t be used as an alternative for re-election by Conservatives.

It is now time that Republicans understand that the political narrative of Obamacare is a poor defeated prose and not all of the electorate are conforming to its rhythm. The suffering of America’s unclothed mind have been blown forlorn-

The gold-horned flutes are waning.

“Let America be America again - the dream that the dreamers dreamed. The land where equality is crowned with no false patriotic wreath.”
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