Republicans Assembling List of Voters Who Lost Insurance due to ObamaCare

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For the first time millions of formerly apathetic voters have an undeniable grievance and a motivation to pay back the people who wrecked their budgets and health insurance coverage. With Obama’s approval ratings deep underwater and sinking, the RNC is thinking about going in for the kill. (via Doug Ross)

Republican National Committee data operatives will build a list of the millions of Americans who have lost insurance policies due to Obamacare in order to help their candidates win over these voters at the ballot box in 2014 and 2016.

“Getting that information [on plan cancellations] and having good data as to who votes, who doesn’t vote, voter registration, party affiliation, consumer characteristics, cross-referenced with that kind of information, I think, is important for us to have,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told the Washington Examiner after his CPAC panel presentation Saturday morning.

Priebus said the RNC’s data goals won’t be hindered by the leftward lean of many tech staffers. “We have not had a difficult time finding data scientists and software engineers,” he said. “We’ve brought in some of the top engineers from LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Facebook that are working on these data projects that we have at the party.”

That’s good, but engineers are only part of the puzzle, competent implementation is also about the direction. That’s why gov data projects go so wrong and why Healthcare.gov went so far off the rails.

Hopefully the RNC will have its game together for 2014. Republicans do tend to catch up on things like social media, the problem is that the gap until they do is exploitable and seriously damaging.

Good data would make it possible to microtarget people who have very specific elements of dissatisfaction with the administration. The Dems are already doing this. The constant pledge and petitions email cycles are about seeing which issues move which people and homing in on them.

The RNC ought to spend less time thinking about Facebook and Yahoo and more time thinking about Amazon and Target.

  • DogmaelJones1

    “The RNC ought to spend less time thinking about Facebook and Yahoo and more time thinking about Amazon and Target.” Good point. That’s where most of the dissatisfied shop, and where they can be met face-to-face. A possibly better plan might be to arrange with Target, Amazon, K-Mart, and even Wal-Mart to set up booths that could collect such information from shoppers and collate it into some punishing statistics. They might even approach the big supermarket chains, such as Safeway, Harris-Teeter, and Food Lion, and big outlets such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, about the idea. But I’m beginning to think that the RNC’s secret motto is a version of Rahm Emanuel’s, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” it being, ‘Always let a good idea go to waste.”

  • Habbgun

    You can bet the Democrats will have a copy of that list and start targeting that demographic and slandering those with legitimate grievances against Obamacare. The RNC is great at saying we are doing such and such to raise money. Then when they have the money they disappear. If Tea Party types were doing this I would be more positive.

    • Adobe_Walls

      Stupid party is as stupid party does. Sometimes I think that if the GOP had a brain they’d take it out and play with it.

      • Habbgun

        They should rename it the party Wizard of Oz party, no heart, no brains and no courage.

  • tickletik

    Nonsense. The republican party would never stoop to such meany bad bad badie tricks. That would bring us down to their level.

    We will win them over by acting nobly and honorably. They will see our righteousness and how much we love them, and then they will appreciate us properly!