A HID­DEN VOT­ING BLOC

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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