Updated: Jun 8, 2022
Summary of Newsweek’s "Stacey Abrams Just Gave Democrats a Blueprint for Saving Themselves."
Setting the Precedent
Stacey Abrams' political organization, Fair Fight, set a new political precedent when it wiped out $212 million in medical debt for 108,000 people across the South, regardless of their politics, race, socioeconomic status, or even geographic location. Not only did Stacey Abrams help thousands of Americans, she created a new standard for American politics—one in which politicians will be expected to walk the walk if they are going to talk the talk.
Other Democrats should follow suit quickly if they want to see election/re-election in the coming terms by increasing voter turnout.
Instead of Spending Money on Ads, Spend it on the People
The traditional solution to turn out voters has been spending millions on ads reminding them who to vote for right before Election Day. America's political parties spent $8 billion on ads in 2020 even though this has proven to be an ineffective tactic, especially for Democrats. Democrats outspent Republicans almost 2-1 on TV, and 3-1 in the presidential campaign, but it barely changed the margins in polling.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Abrams takes a different approach. Instead of promising people benefits in the future, she engages potential voters by solving their biggest problems upfront.
Help Where You Can While You Advocate for Bigger Fixes
As an advocate for Medicaid expansion to help solve the crippling medical debt crisis in the United States, Abrams did not wait for the policy to change to help people. For $1.3 million, Abrams relieved $212 million in medical debt and made a huge difference in 100,000+ potential voters' lives. Large scale debt forgiveness is much more meaningful and memorable than seeing a few dozen negative political ads.
Democrats should follow Abrams’ lead and find creative ways to take action to serve their constituents before they even vote.
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