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  •  My feeling is that once ACA is implemented . . . (6+ / 0-)

    People will see it actually working. I know parts are implemented now but it is not the full package yet.

    The opposition has vilified the ACA so much that when it is actually fully operational, people will wonder what why some thought it was so bad.

    This will open the door for further reforms.

    •  Like Social Security (3+ / 0-)

      It will be like Social Security and Medicare - a third rail, hated by the right.  Seventy years from now, some new version of Paul Ryan will have a tricky scheme to voucherize it.  These fights never end.

      •  I don't believe it (0+ / 0-)

        Remember, the vouchers are already in it. And they're only for 'poor people'.

        This means that there's no real penalty for the Republicans if they 'slow the growth' of the vouchers, because poor people vote a lot less, and their base really likes it when they hurt poor people, because some of them are brown.

        Without the subsidies, the whole thing more or less goes off the tracks all by itself. The Republicans can say, 'Well, clearly it was an experiment by the Democrats that didn't work!' And the Democrats will be left trying to explain something that takes more than about eight seconds to explain, which means that the American public won't be listening.

    •  Actual Waiver Date is 2017 (0+ / 0-)

      That mendacious delay is in the ACA.  Of course, like many things there are those who say they support an earlier (2014) date when they know there is no chance.

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