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  •  I don't buy that there will be a gradual change (7+ / 0-)

    in the healthcare law, I think a sudden shift is much more likely.  There are just too many monied and well-connected interest involved to allow such a gradual shift to take place.  Each time you make a gain, you'll be fighting tooth and nail to keep it as your opponent develops more plans of attack.

    I think one day a politician and a party will  have the gumption to simply state "we want a medicare opt-in for all people" and than they will push it through.  I don't see this as an issue where gradual legislative change is possible, I think you have to break the backs of the health care insurance lobby.

    •  I tend to agree with your perspective (6+ / 0-)

      I think before the end of the decade, enough states are going to abuse Medicaid so blatantly that we'll (finally) be forced to Federalize it. Then another big event or two and we'll have something approaching actual, functional Single Payer within 5 years of Medicaid being consolidated. It will be chaotic each and every one of those big shock episodes.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 02:21:22 PM PDT

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    •  And . . . (0+ / 0-)
      "I think you have to break the backs of the health care insurance lobby."
      will never happen here (not in my lifetime, anyway).  ;-)


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 08:43:25 PM PDT

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