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  •  One of the reasons that I think that the (5+ / 0-)

    existence of a public option would lessen the push-back, one could then elect to deal with a government entity and not a private insurance company.

    Thank you for the "privatizing the commons" perspective, I hadn't consciously looked at it from that viewpoint before now.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:30:16 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with you entirely. My feelings about the (5+ / 0-)

      ACA are more ambivalent than simply being in opposition to it. I do get that weren't going to have single payer and the situation was getting bad enough that something had to be done. From a personal perspective, it's probably all in all a benefit for me.

      However, I feel like the conservatives have been playing a long game, literally a decades long game, while liberals lurch from fight to fight. One of the things they want very badly is to privatize things that have been established as public goods over the last couple of centuries.

      It's one of the reasons I feel so strongly about public education at the moment. It's incredibly short sighted, I think, to not notice the huge amount of money that conservatives are dumping into promoting school privatization, which I won't name using the Orwellian term school reform.

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