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  •  I read the linked article. I didn't see (5+ / 0-)

    where he said,

    STFU and applaud

    "idiot liberals"
    from your tip jar, but maybe I'm a poor reader.  On the other hand, on our fp there is this post which does support his claim that growth in Medicare spending has slowed.  It makes the good point that
    Putting more people into Medicare makes a lot more sense right now than keeping people out. It also means President Obama should be fighting to preserve Medicare while touting this success of the signature policy accomplishment of his first term.
    I'll applaud that.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 10:57:02 AM PDT

    •  STFU was the implication (1+ / 0-)
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      "idiot liberals" is from Dave Obey (in a different battle).

      Medicare growth has slowed, but it's not obvious that that has a thing to do with the ACA. As I said, I don't object to "bending the cost curve," but I don't see that as a goal for liberals to be excited about.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 10:59:25 AM PDT

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      •  In the end,does (1+ / 0-)
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        it really matter that much to you whether cost-containment is a true ''liberal'' concept or not,if it results in more people getting needed healthcare?

        Why do liberals endorse single payer? One of the first reasons they cite is that it would reduce the ''overhead'' which would make it cheaper and allow for universal coverage.

        We have seen reams of diaries about how the US spends more than the rest of the world on healthcare.
        Why is this even brought up at all if cost containment is irrelevant?

        It is brought up to illustrate how the rest of the world has a better approach, I presume,to providing healthcare to their citizens.

        Maybe cost-containment does not fit the ''criteria'' for being a liberal issue, but I think it is a necessary component to actualization of what I presume you do deem a proper liberal goal....more citizens with healthcare.

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