A HIDDEN VOTING BLOC
Some advise the Republican Party to be ready to capitalize on the implementation failures of the Affordable Care Act by picking up support of vexed voters subject to potential collateral damage. It could be a mighty big voting bloc. Some 16 million people could eventually lose their health insurance plans as a result of constraints imposed on the insurance industry by the health care law, says Robert Laszewski, president of the Health Policy and Strategy Association, a policy and marketing consultancy group.
That’s a veritable “army of the uninsured,” points out Noah Rothman, a columnist with Mediaite.com, who predicts the newly disaffected could transform into a GOP coalition when 2014 rolls around in a mere nine weeks.
“Imagine just 1 percent of the uninsured marching on Washington; 160,000 people all singing in the same tune can create quite the crisis atmosphere in the nation’s capital. As politicos are aware, crises are about the only events which animate politicians and change policy these days,” Mr. Rothman says.