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  •  There are always an infinite number... (0+ / 0-)

    ...of options.

    The problem is that most of them aren't very likely.  So while, for example, single payer was theoretically an option, it's actual chances of happening were somewhere between zero and a small negative number.

    Of the range of probably outcomes, the ACA may not reflect the best of those probabilities, but it does fall towards the high end of that range.  Note that the range of probable outcomes did not include single payer, although decent arguments can be made that it could have included some sort of public option (possibly couched as an optional Medicare buy in for those under 65).

    Now if we want to play fantasy games (ie, pretneding that single payer had a chance of passing the House and Senate), we may as well go all out, find a time machine, and convince Democrats to support Nixon's universal health care in the early seventies.  That's about as likely to happen as some of what I hear coming from those who criticize the ACA from the left.

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 11:11:08 AM PDT

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