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#YourStory: Senate Republicans catch on to the Internet

This page made me laugh. Now that our elected officials are trying to one-up each other with Obamacare stories, the Senate Republicans have taken to the Internet. Who knew that the Web was such a social place? It’s so easy to collect first-hand experiences and constituent feedback! The Senate Republicans are catching up to their […]


This page made me laugh
. Now that our elected officials are trying to one-up each other with Obamacare stories, the Senate Republicans have taken to the Internet. Who knew that the Web was such a social place? It’s so easy to collect first-hand experiences and constituent feedback! The Senate Republicans are catching up to their colleagues in the House who launched their own social media attack two weeks ago.

The Senate GOP wants to see your insurance cancellation letter and hear about how the ACA has made your life more difficult or expensive. There are four information fields, including a space for sharing a video. The Republicans did not fall into the privacy trap of asking for information from the general public. The form explicitly asks permission to share the submitted information, including photos and videos.

You do have to enter personal information, but not your Social Security number. And I bet the page can withstand a lot of traffic at one time. If the supporters of Obamacare were clever, they would highjack this social media exercise and flood the form with positive stories, which is what opponents of the White House do on Twitter with pro-Obama hash tags.

I admit I wanted to see what they had received so far, but there is no link to that collection of information. If they get anything good, I’m sure it will pop up the next time Secretary Sebelius or Marilyn Tavenner have to testify in the House.