"mot·ley" - Pronunciation Key - [mot-lee]
–ADJECTIVE: 1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous: a motley crowd. 2. being of different colors combined; 3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.
–NOUN: 1. a combination of different colors. 5. a parti-colored effect. 6. the parti-colored garment of a jester. 7. a heterogeneous assemblage. 8. a medley.

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Did Employer Open Enrollment Open the Floodgates for Republicans?


One critical aspect of the 2014 mid-term elections that has been almost universally overlooked is the effect of insurance Open Enrollment meetings held by virtually all private employers just prior to the elections.


For many years now, October has been Open Enrollment time for private employers, that stretch of time when meetings with employees are held to unveil next year's health insurance coverage plans and, most critically in the minds of employees, that time when they learn whether their coverage is more or less generous and more or less costly. In 2014, the vast majority of employers presented their workers with significantly higher deductibles, diminished scope of coverage, surcharges and higher premiums. And employers were not bashful about telling their employees that all those negatives were a result of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Undoubtedly, Obamacare was on the minds of millions, and not in a good way, during October's Open Enrollment meetings. Employees were not just disappointed with their new employer-provided policies, they were downright angry. And this time, they were not angry at their employers, who had the good sense to place the blame where it belonged, they were angry at the Democrats and President Obama. Oh, how prescient the Republicans were when not a single one voted for the ACA.

Note to Democrats, Progressives, Marxists and other purveyors of socialist, government-provided health insurance: Timing is everything. Who would have guessed that the timing of Open Enrollment would have contributed so powerfully to the scorched-earth defeat of the Democrats in 2014? ##