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  •  The biggest mistake Obama made (4+ / 0-)
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    ferg, Mr Robert, elwior, deepeco

    was maintaining a narrow menu of what we consider "entitlement reforms". If he put more progressive policies to rein in healthcare costs on the table I don't think the Republicans would just concede but at the very least he could make the reforms a take it all or leave it proposition, I.e.  means testing aong with negotiating drug prices; Chained CPI along with raising the payroll cap. Now we would still come out against these policies but what we'd get along with the cuts would be real reform that prevented a second bite at the benefits apple in the future. Basically, if you're going to put "reform" on the table, put the whole enchelada that allows us to get the progressive reforms we would never otherwise get. Its not too late to reframe the debates on social insurance "reform" and hopefully this article is a positive sign.

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